The Obi’s Family

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Obi is a name of a person although Obi may mean heart or chest under human parts, however here we mean a name of a person. In Igbo language name means aha. You can say aha ha bụ Obi meaning their name is Obi. People know when you’re saying their name is Obi, they know you are referring to their family name. You can say aha ezi ụlọ ha bụ Obi meaning their family name is Obi.

Family means ezi or ezi ụlọ. You can sometime use only ezi for family or use ezi ha meaning their family. One could also say ezi ụlọ ha which means the same as their family. In many cases, you can refer family with ndi which would be usually followed by the family name like ndi Obi.

 

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Father
means nna or papa  although nna mụ means my father. Some people use m instead of mụ like nna m this is the way they pronounce it without the being pronounced but it is difficult to pronounce mụ without the ụ.

Normally, children would refer to  their father as nna mụ which means my father.

Children or people sometimes would refer to someone as nna anyi which means our father, although the person is not their father but they regard him as a father figure or they regard him as old enough to be their father.

Husband means di although di mụ means my husband.

Normally a wife would refer to  her husband as di mụ.

Children means ụmụ or ụmụaka but ụmụ mụ means my children.

Twin children means ụmụ ejima or just twin means ejima.

 

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Mother
means nne or mama although nne mụ means my mother.

Normally children would refer to  their mother as nne mụ which means my mother.

Children or people sometimes would refer to someone as nne anyi which means our mother, although the person is not their mother but they regard her as a mother figure or they regard her as old enough to be their mother.

Wife means nwunye although nwunye mụ means my wife.

Normally a husband would refer to  his wife as nwunye mụ meaning my wife.

Children means ụmụ or ụmụaka but ụmụ mụ means my children.

Twin children means ụmụ ejima or just twin means ejima.

 

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Grandfather
means nnanna though nnanna mụ means my grandfather or nnanna anyi means our grandfather.

Grandmother means nnenne though nnenne mụ means my grandmother or nnenne anyi means our grandmother.

 

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A boy or a young man means nwoke or nwa nwoke.

Nwa mụ nwoke is mainly used by parents to refer to their son or my son or our son.

Dinkpa is mainly used to refer to a strong boy or man, although many parents use it for their son either to show their son is strong or in motivating them in being strong.

Brother means nwanne nwoke although nwanne mụ nwoke means my brother.

Enyi mụ nwoke means my boyfriend.

Son means nwoke but the first son means ọkpara; ọkpala or di kpara; di ọkpala. Di means husband and di kpara means the person (first son) who will represent husband if he is not around - which means the first son would represent him (husband) including taking all decisions.

The first son suppose to behave better and guide his brothers (other sons), if he is not behaving well (or when it is noticeable that he is an idiot) and if the second or the third son is behaving better than the first son, their father may decide to nickname the second or the third son as ọkparanna; ọkpalanna or diọkpara nna; diọkpara nna ya; diọkpala nna ya meaning father’s first son (although he is not the first son but his father regards him as the first son because he is behaving well better than the first son).

 

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Girl
means nwanyi ; nwanyị ; agbọọ ; nwa agbọọ or agbọọbia.

Nwa mụ nwanyị is mainly used by parents to refer to their daughter or my daughter or our daughter.

However enyi mụ nwanyị means my girlfriend

Sister means nwanne nwanyị but nwanne mụ nwanyị means my sister

Daughter means nwanyị or agbọọ or agbọọbia but the first daughter means ada.

The first daughter suppose to behave better and guide her sisters (other daughters), if she is not behaving well or if it is noticeable that she is behaving like an idiot, and the second or the third daughter is behaving better than her (the first daughter), then their father might nickname the second or the third daughter as adanna meaning father’s first daughter (although she is not the first daughter but her father regards her as the first daughter because she is behaving well better than the first daughter).

Their mother can also do the same by nicknaming one of the daughters as adanne meaning mother’s first daughter. However, mother and father may decide collectively to nickname a daughter adaanyi meaning our first daughter.

However, there are many names bearing Ada and they all have various meaning:

In the case of Adaeze - this would mean king’s daughter.

Adaobi - this would mean king or chief’s daughter or a girl or lady with Obi father or surname.

Adaisi - this would most likely be the lady in charge of all the girls or daughters.

Adamma - this would mean fine or beautiful lady or woman.

Adamụ - this would in most cases be a nickname for my darling.

Adaukwu - this would the mean senior one or the one in charge.

 

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