Thursday, August 16, 2007

Common Kalenjin Names

COMMON BOY NAMES

Kipkorir--born shortly before dawn
Kipkoech--born at dawn
Kimutai--born in mid-morning
Kibet--born at midday
Kiplagat (Kiplangat)--born at sunset
Kipkirui--born shortly after dark
Kipkemboi--born at night
Kipngetich--born when cows are taken to pasture after morning milking
Kiprotich--born when cattle are brought home for evening milking
Kipngeno--born when goats are waking up
Kiprono--born when sheep or goats are brought into the house in the evening
Kipkeino--born when sheep or goats are being milked (i.e. when cows milk is short)
Kiplimo--born among grazing cattle
Kipngeny--born when cattle are at a salt lick
Kipkosgei--born after a long labor, or a long interval between children
Kipchirchir--born in a hurry, after short labor
Kiptanui--fainted, failed to cry or breathe at birth
Kipketer--born on the verandah
Kipchoge--born near the grain storage bin
Kipsang--born outdoors
Kipkurgat--born by the door
Kibitok--born on the fathers side of the hut, not the mothers
Kiptoo--born when visitors are around
Kiptum--born during circumcision ceremonies
Kimaiyo--born when beer is being brewed or drunk
Komen--born when beer is being brewed or drunk
Kipruto--born away from home, on safari
Kipchumba--born near white men, i.e. in a hospital, in a town, on a white-owned farm
Kipkemei--born during a drought
Kiprugut--born during a famine
Kiptalam--born during an infestation of locusts
Kipsigei--born on his own (i.e. the mother had no help)
Cheruiyot (male only)--born when everyone was asleep
Kitur--born after parents had begun to despair of having a child
Kigen--a long-awaited son (usually born after several daughters


COMMON GIRL NAMES

Jepkorir--born shortly before dawn
Jepkoech--born at dawn
Jebichii--
Jemutai--born in mid-morning
Jebet--born at midday
Jelagat (Jeplangat)--born at sunset
Jepkirui--born shortly after dark
Jepkemboi--born at night
Jepngetich--born when cows are taken to pasture after morning milking
Jerotich--born when cattle are brought home for evening milking
Jepngeno--born when goats are waking up
Jerono--born when sheep or goats are brought into the house in the evening
Jepkeino--born when sheep or goats are being milked (i.e. when cows milk is short)
Jeplimo--born among grazing cattle
Jepngeny--born when cattle are at a salt lick
Jepkosgei--born after a long labor, or a long interval between children
Jepchirchir--born in a hurry, after short labor
Jeptanui--fainted, failed to cry or breathe at birth
Jepketer--born on the verandah
Jepchoge--born near the grain storage bin
Jepsang--born outdoors
Jepkurgat--born by the door
Jebitok--born on the fathers side of the hut, not the mothers
Jeptoo--born when visitors are around
Jeptum--born during circumcision ceremonies
Jemaiyo--born when beer is being brewed or drunk
Jeruto--born away from home, on safari
Jepchumba--born near white men, i.e. in a hospital, in a town, on a white-owned farm
Jepkemei--born during a drought
Jeprugut--born during a famine
Jeptalam--born during an infestation of locusts
Jepsigei--born on his own (i.e. the mother had no help)
Cheruiyot (most male name only)--born when everyone was asleep
Jekigen--a long-awaited son (usually born after several daughters

COMMON GIRL AND UNISEX NAMES

Chepkorir--born shortly before dawn
Chepkoech--born at dawn
Chebichii--
Chemutai--born in mid-morning
Chebet--born at midday
Chelagat (Cheplangat)--born at sunset
Chepkirui--born shortly after dark
Chepkemboi--born at night
Chepngetich--born when cows are taken to pasture after morning milking
Cherotich--born when cattle are brought home for evening milking
Chepngeno--born when goats are waking up
Cherono--born when sheep or goats are brought into the house in the evening
Chepkeino--born when sheep or goats are being milked (i.e. when cows milk is short)
Chelimo--born among grazing cattle
Chepngeny--born when cattle are at a salt lick
Chepkosgei--born after a long labor, or a long interval between children
Chepchirchir--born in a hurry, after short labor
Cheptanui--fainted, failed to cry or breathe at birth
Chepketer--born on the verandah
Chepchoge--born near the grain storage bin
Chepsang--born outdoors
Chepkurgat--born by the door
Chebitok--born on the fathers side of the hut, not the mothers
Cheptoo--born when visitors are around
Cheptum--born during circumcision ceremonies
Chemaiyo--born when beer is being brewed or drunk
Cheruto--born away from home, on safari
Chepchumba--born near white men, i.e. in a hospital, in a town, on a white-owned farm
Chepkemei--born during a drought
Cheprugut--born during a famine
Cheptalam--born during an infestation of locusts
Chepsigei--born on his own (i.e. the mother had no help)
Cheruiyot (male only)--born when everyone was asleep
Chepkigen--a long-awaited son (usually born after several daughters

35 comments:

wuod said...

Kipmurgor means what?

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Also what are the people of Rift Valley saying about the recent Moi/jirongo/kalonzo moves to derail Raila in the RV?

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Anonymous said...

I believe Kipmurgor means you were delivered by your Senge(aunt) but i'm not 100% certain.

Anonymous said...

Born with light skin? Is there a name?

Anonymous said...

Born with light skin is chelel. I am kikuyu and even I know that....

Anonymous said...

I like the last comment. Funny! Also i didn't see cherob? If that's how you spell ir

Benard said...

Cherop means girl born when it is raining Kiprop for a boy

Anonymous said...

Cherop means girl born when it is raining Kiprop for a boy

Anonymous said...

Good work, bring out the meaning of those old names like
Cheres : Soft spoken
Kibilo :short man
Chelogoi :talkative
Mosonik :Left handed
Sigilai :tall man

Anonymous said...

This is a great blog. I left Kenya when i was a child, therefore i did not know what these names meant. But this will be a great source for middle name's when my husband and I have kids (pass on my Kale roots).

Arap Chepseron said...

say something about
Tarbarbuch,taplangoi,tapkigen
tarmarta
and others of that nature

kou said...

i like rhis blog! well done.
What does Chelashaw mean

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kipmitei/chemitei means what? iam called by the name Mitei and i do not know what that is.

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