Life is indeed strange especially when you refer to it in terms of holding on to one's roots. An African American name holds on tightly to this statement. That is because names African are becoming increasingly popular for African-Americans. Maybe it is due to the obvious fact that they want to stay with their African roots. After all they are Africans living in the United States, however if you are white and are from Africa then you are not considered to be an African American. The term African American seems to be reserved for the coloured people in America.
All names African have a clear meaning and with names African being represented with names that mean hope, clarity and inner peace the parents hope that these names African will bring them that kind of future life. Naming a child in Africa has huge significance. The African baby name chosen may reflect circumstances of the birth. If it rained then maybe the name will reflect that. Or if the baby had some familiar features of a family member who may be deceased then the name may reflect that.
Choosing an African baby name will always be of high importance but the name will be given some time after the birth. The Akamba chose a name for the baby on the third day after birth, whereas the Wolof in Senegal will not choose a name until one week after the birth of the baby. The naming will take time and the parents will choose names African very carefully because they feel that the name will reflect the whole of the child's life. Also due to the many ethnic groups and the many languages that the African countries speak, the names African will vary from one region to another. Most people in Northern Africa are Muslim so they will normally use an Arabic name. In the Central and Southern Africa due to the European colonization many countries will have names that have a European origin. Of course these are just ideas, they are not rules that the parents of a new child must abide to.
African American names are still very much the same as many African names. Some are seen by many as bizarre and strange to have as a name. But these people will go about their daily lives and not care what other people think. They will see themselves as the people of modern society who broke away from the norm and were given names to represent that. The world is changing all the time and these new names can give people the chance to add new names to the ever growing list of names that are available in today's world. Having a name such as Precious does not make you a posh person who will look down on others, it merely means that you were given this name by your parents and they took the time to choose the name so in return you should have that name attached to you with pride. Your name is your identity and that is with you for the rest of your life.
All names have a meaning whether they were thought of by Greek Gods or names that have a symbolic meaning in a different part of the globe. In Africa choosing a baby name is important and these names will represent something that is either what the parents hope that the child will have in their lifetime such as wealth, health or anything that means a long and happy life.
Different parts of the world will have different names and seeing different parts of the world with these names some may think 'how odd that name is'. But look in the mirror because your name will also be strange to other people around the world.