Somali name

In Somali society, each individual has a given name. Sometimes it is presented along with the father's given name, and sometimes the paternal grandfather's given name is attached as well. For example Axmed Yusuf Qaasim would be a person whose given name is "Axmed", whose father's proper name was "Yusuf" and whose grandfather's name was "Qaasim".[1] Most names are of Islamic roots (e.g. Muhammed, Hassan, Ali, Ibrahim) whilst others are cultural (e.g. Guleed, Ashkir) .[2]


  1. Bridges, Peter. Safirka: An American Envoy. Kent, Ohio [u.a.]: Kent State Univ. Press, 2000. p. 79
  2. Lockot, Hans (1998). Bibliographia Aethiopica 2. p. 282.
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