Names of Oromos: Meanings and Origins
Oromo names are made up from the following aspects:
* Inferred names
* Physical features at birth
* Behavioral features at birth
* Names of animals
* Names associated with farming work
* Names associated with farming inputs
* Names of plants
* Amount of cattle owned
* Names referring to the season
* Politically related names
* Names of grandfather
* Names of grandmother
* Names of great grandparents
* Names of Oromo’s days of the month
* Names of birthdays
* Names that show the emotion of happiness
* Names of the place one is born
* Names of trees
* Name of twins
* Name of clans
The following are 150 Oromo names with their meaning for boys:
1. AbdiiOne with hope.
2. AraaraPeaceful or to reconcile.
3. AraarsoPeaceful or to reconcile.
4. AraarsaPeaceful or to reconcile.
5. BaatiThe moon which symbolizes guidance and strength.
7. BakkalchaA full moon which symbolizes strength and luminosity.
8. Bareentuma/oAccording to historical tradition, a man named Oromo began the lineage of the Oromo people. His youngest son’s name was Bareentuma.
9. BeekanOne who is known.
10. BiifleeYoung and quick of mind (this name can be for both girls and boys).
12. BiqileeTo grow from strong roots to the height of one’s potential.
13. BiqilsanTo grow from strong roots to the height of one’s potential.
14. BiqilanTo grow from strong roots to the height of one’s potential.
16. BirmajjiAn important name in the history of the Gadaa (Oromo democratic system) tradition.
17. BirraaSpring season which symbolizes blooming, growing, etc.
18. BirrissaOne who is fast as lightning.
19. BiyyaaHome or homeland which symbolizes “home is where the heart is”.
20. BiyyooHome or homeland which symbolizes “home is where the heart is”.
21. BohaarsaOne who is very entertaining.
22. BonaSummer season which symbolizes joy and happiness.
23. BoonaOne who is proud.
24. BooranaAccording to historical tradition, a man named Oromo began the lineage of the Oromo people. His oldest son’s name was Boorana.
25. BulluqThe name given to the Odaa (Sycamore) tree which where Oromos traditionally come together.
26. BultumThe name given to the Odaa (Sycamore) tree which where Oromos traditionally come together.
27. CaalaThe cream of the crop or naturally the best of the best.
28. CaalsanThe cream of the crop or naturally the best of the best.
29. DagaOne who never forgets.
30. DansaGood hearted and joyful.
31. DaraaraOne that grows, blooms, and reaches their full potential.
32. DaraaranOne that grows, blooms, and reaches their full potential.
34. DhugaaOne who is honest and truthful.
35. DhugoomsOne who is honest and truthful.
39. DureessaThe one who leads.
41. EebbisanOne who is blessed.
42. EeybanOne who is blessed.
43. ElemoA hero of the Oromos.
44. FaarsiOne who is loved.
45. FaarsanOne who is loved.
46. FaayameOne made beautiful by the Almighty.
47. FalmaOne who fights for the truth, an honest being.
48. FalmataOne who fights for the truth, an honest being.
49. FayyisaaOne who is healthy and lives a long life.
50. FileeraOne who is chosen. The chosen one.
51. FiromsaaOne who is relatable and easy to get close to.
52. GadaaLeadership or the Oromo democratic form of governance.
53. GalaanThe river, which symbolizes bounty and fulfillment.
54. GalataaOne who is thankful.
55. GalmaOne who unifies or gathers all together.
56. GammachuJoy, happiness.
57. GammadaOne who is happy.
58. GamedaOne who is happy.
59. GaraakooThe stomach, which according to Oromo tradition symbolizes the heart.
60. GootaOne who symbolizes heroism.
61. GuddataaOne who grows.
64. HamilanTo be morally positive.
65. HamiltanTo be morally positive.
66. HamileeTo be morally positive.
67. HarxummaaA historically known place in the northern part of Oromia.
69. HeeranOne who is polite, elegant, gentle and conducts his affairs properly.
70. HegereeOne who has a good future ahead of them.
72. HoroOne who will multiply, symbolizes fertility.
73. HumnaaOne who espouses strength and bravery.
74. HundeeSymbolizes the importance of strong roots.
75. IbsaaOne who is bright.
76. IfaaLuminosity, light, or what shines in nature.
77. InjifannooOne who has won.
78. IrbuuOne who promises. This is held in high esteem according to Oromo tradition.
79. IrreeCourageous and resilient.
80. JalatanOne who is loved.
81. JeynaOne who is strong physically and mentally.
82. Ji’aaThe moon which symbolizes guidance and strength.
83. JiraanneOne with longevity or long life.
84. JiraaOne with longevity or long life.
86. KiyyaaMine – According to Oromo tradition, when a child is born it belongs to the nation.
87. KeeysanYours - According to Oromo tradition, when a child is born it belongs to the nation.
88. KeenyaOurs - According to Oromo tradition, when a child is born it belongs to the nation.
89. KumaaolOne who has it all or to be more than abundant.
90. KumalaaOne who has it all or to be more than abundant.
91. KumaaOne who has it all or to be more than abundant.
93. LeellisaaOne who shines bright.
94. LeencaLion which symbolizes strength and never giving up.
95. LenchoLion which symbolizes strength and never giving up.
96. LubbukooMy soul.
97. MagariisaGreen which symbolizes wealth, growth, etc. and is also held in high esteem according to Oromo tradition.
98. MagarrooGreen which symbolizes wealth, growth, etc. and is also held in high esteem according to Oromo tradition.
99. MagarsaaOne who is prosperous and growing.
100. MelbaaAn important name in Gadaa (Oromo democratic system) history.
101. MeyraaGreen which symbolizes wealth, growth, etc. and is also held in high esteem according to Oromo tradition.
103. MiidhagsanOne who looks good, handsome.
104. MilkiiOne who is successful.
105. MilkeeyssaOne who is successful.
106. MirqaananOne who is always cheerful.
107. MohanneOne who is victorious.
108. MootiThe king or royalty.
109. MotiThe king or royalty.
110. MurtiOne who is decisive.
111. MurteessaOne who is decisive.
112. NabeeA name given to the Odaa (sycamore) tree, which symbolizes the place where Oromos traditionally gathered.
113. Naa’ifThe light for me.
114. NandaginForget me not as I shall remember you too.
117. ObsaaOne who is patient.
118. ObsanOne who is patient.
119. ObsaOne who is patient.
120. ObsiOne who is patient.
121. Qalbisaan One who is thoughtful.
122. QeeroTiger which symbolizes youth and speed.
123. RaasaaOpen space which symbolizes one with an open heart and mind.
124. RabbirraOne chosen by God.
125. RabbiiOne chosen by God.
126. RisaaEagle which symbolizes great eyesight and one who can build a future.
127. RoobaRain which symbolizes prosperity, wealth, and growth.
128. RoobsanRain which symbolizes prosperity, wealth, and growth.
129. RoobeRain which symbolizes prosperity, wealth, and growth.
130. RoobeeraRain which symbolizes prosperity, wealth, and growth.
132. SiindaguForget me not as I shall remember you too.
133. SiinmaleeTo live without them is impossible.
134. SirreessaOne to sets things right.
135. SirreessanOne to set things right.
140. TolfameeOne who was created by God.
144. WaaqarraOne chosen by God.
145. WaaqaOne chosen by God.
146. WakaSupreme God.