The Yoruba are an ancient African people living mainly in Nigeria and in a number of neighboring countries. The same name bears the language of this people. Names play an important role in Yoruba life. They are given on the seventh day after the birth of a child, all this time the relatives carefully consider the future name of a person, it is believed that the name will influence his fate.

The most common Yoruba names reflect the circumstances of the child's birth. For example, if twins are born, they are called Taiwo and Khinde. Some names have the literal meaning of the names of animals and plants. The Yoruba also have a special group of spell names designed to scare away evil spirits from a child. They are given to weak, sickly children.

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