You probably do not know but in Ghana, especially the southern part of the country, babies are given their first name according to the day of the week. So, essentially, there are seven names for boys and seven names for girls to choose from if you want to give your baby a traditional Ghanaian first name. According to the Baby Afrique website, which has compiled a very nice list of all the 14 boys and girls names – people tend to call the baby by their day of the week name right when they are born. This is kind of neat because before the baby is even given a name by the parents, everyone has a name they can call the child just based on knowing which day the child was born. Here is a list of the names:
As you can see, there are variations to the name. This is purely based on ethnicity. So, the variation of the Ghanaian Baby names are based on which ethnic group the child comes from, there is a variation of the basic name that the child will be called, but it is unmistakable to any Ghanaian which day of the week the person was born. Also, in Ghana, most church fundraisers are done by day of the week a person is born, so it kind of becomes a competition between the days and whichever day contributes the most wins the fundraiser. It is a very fascinating concept to watch when the day of the week is called at church and they call the different variations of the name based on ethnicity and all those who are called by that name have to then get up and go to the alter to contribute.