Looking forward to knowing certain Nigerian family names in your area?
No need to worry, we’re going to help you.
In our discussion today, we will describe a few common names which may be found in a Nigerian community.
Common Nigerian Surnames In Your Area
Some people often call it ‘last name’, while others say ‘family name’.
No matter how you choose to call it, it’s the same thing. The last name is an additional name to identify family, tribe, or community.
I guess nobody can say he/she doesn’t have a first name.
Family Names in the Nigerian Community
Nigeria has different surnames for different ethnic groups.
It is also difficult to find a community that is only one ethnic group. In this respect, we will describe some common names belonging to various ethnicities.
Moreover, in Nigeria, most, if not all, surnames are masculine names. Let’s take a look at them.
Famous Surnames in Igbo
Igbo is another fantastic tribe major ethnic group in the country.
The tribe also has some wonderful surnames like Wabaranta, Unigwe, Umunna, Opara, Onyeneme, Onyenewere, Orendu Uduike, Ugushie, Ukah, Ukachuku, Ugwana, Uderede, Uche, Nnamdi, Nndozie, Nnodim, Nwabara, Nwachukwu, Nnebe, Nwaigbe, Obasi, Obiajunwa, Obah, Obiaka, Duru, Ebujo, Edochie, Edozie, Azunna, Chukwumerije, Diri, Ejiofor, Ejikeme, Ehioma, Emenike, Ezenwa,Ezeogba, Ibeh, Ebujo, Azuna, Anosike, Aniefuna and Amadi.
Other Igbo surnames include Afamefuna, Bunkechulwu, Esomchi, Ezeudo, Ezwsinachi, Chitachi, Enyinnaya, Azubuike, Chioke, Chikezie, Golibe, Obiefune, Obiajulu, Amobi, Lotachukuwu, Okorie, Diokpa, Kambili, Maduenu, Ozoemena, Tobechukwu, Ume, Uwazurike, Jidenna, Zeribe, Muonau, Chimankpa, Chizutere and much more.
Famous Surnames in Edo
Among the surnames in Edo are Obarisiagbon, Obaseki, Obasogie, Obasuyi, Obayagbona, Obayangbon, Obazee, Odaro, Odemwingie, Odia Odiase, Odigie Amadin,Adazee, Aibangbe, Akugbe, Azagba, Akpata, Aibuedefe, Aigbe, Adigbe, Agbonzee, Agho, Aisosa, Asemota, Adolor, Adun, Asoro, Bosa, Degbueyi, Ebedeguowen, Ede, Edebiri, Edegbe, Edehi, Edehia, Edekere, Edobor, Edoghogho, Edosa, Efe, Efosa, Efosa, Eghe, Eghosa, Eguogie,
We also have Ehianeta, Ehinoma, Ehioze, Ehiozee, Ekenezar, Ekhator, Ekpen, Ekpenede, Ekpenriebe, Emovon, Emumwen, Emuvbhe, Emwanmwa, Emwenruwa, Emwinda, Enikaro, Enobakhare, Enobore, Enofe, Enoma, Enosakhare, Enosaze, Enotayo, Erhabor, Erhahon, Erhumwunse and Erokpademwen.
We also have Idah, Idahor, Idahosa, Idehen, Idiagbon, Idiaghe, Idusuyi,Ifaluyi, Igbinedion, Igbinevbho, Igbineweka, Igbinoba, Igbinomwanhia, Igbinosa, Igbinovia, Ighile, Igho, Ighodaro, Ikhimwin, Ikponmwosa, Imade, Imadiyi, Imafidon, Imagbogho, Imariabe, Imasekha, Imasogie Imudia Imuetinyanosa,Imuwahe, Iredia, Irene, Ireyuwa, Irhenegbe, Irhonmwan, Isehenrien, Iseleghiomo, Isibor, Isoken, Isokpan, Ituah, Iwinosa, Iyagbaye,Iyahen, Iyalekhue, Iyamu, Iyare, Iyi, Iyobosa, Ize and Izekor.
Famous surnames in Ibibo
The Ibibio are the inhabitants of Calabar in Cross River, a region in the southern part of Nigeria. They are also lovers of good surnames like any other tribe in the country.
Among their surnames are Enem, Edidiong, Akpan, Itorobong, Udo, Uduak-Abasi, MfonObong, Utibe, Abasi, Okon, Unwana, Ekaette, Iniabasi, Iniobong, Ediakan, Idoreyin, Mbuotidem, Emediong, Ukeme, Akaninyene, Aniebiet-Abasi, Anieb, Affiong, Adiaba, Afiah, Adiaha, Abasiama, Abasiakamauw, Akakaneno and so forth.
Famous Surnames in Igala
Some of people in my area who verbalize the Igala tongue have some surnames like Akowe, Ajogwu, Agude, Ameh, Alewo, Alifeli, Anoko, Ibe, Okolo, Ojimaojo, Umola, Ibe, Iganya, Ichala, Ufedo, Ojima, Anoko, Enejo, Adaji, Ikoojo, Eleojo, Ugbedeojo, Attah, Edebo, Enyoone, Ojochogwu, Uyo, Ejura, Uredo, Ojotule, Edeje, Ododo, Adejo, Agooyibo, Ojone, Ojoma,Eekwojo, Enemona, Ojodale, Ojonimi, Onu, Ojali, Omachonu, Ojamalia, Ojochegbe and many more.
- Famous Surnames in Tiv
Still, in my area, you can come across some Tiv surnames like Aondohimba, Teremun, Bem, Tor, Boseda, Tyehimba, Aondowase, Dooshima, Karshima, Civir, Cieryol, Bemshima, Bundesaan, Bundepuun, Bemdoo, Aondoyila, Civirter, Ciuter, Bemgba, Aondosoo, Ishughun, Iorwuse, Iorember, Iorsugh, Ketor, Lubem, Luuper, Mkav, Mnemna, Myom, Ngutor, Nguzungwen, Oryiman and Sarem.
Additionally, you can find some interesting surnames belonging to the Tiv tongue in my area.
Among them are Sekav, Sefa, Sekegh, Selumun, Sesugh, Sonter, Terdue, Terese, Terande, Terdoo, Terhide, Terkaa, Terhimbi, Terfa, Terkula, Terongo, Terpase, Teerseer, Tersoo, Tersua, Terungwa, Teryange and much more.
Famous Surnames in Idoma
popular surnames in Idoma includes Akor, Akogwu, Agbo, Agbenu, Adam, Anyebe, Egba, Ekere, Eje, Akoche, Agaba, Adah, Adakole, Enokela,Ewache, Ichekani, Ek’oche, Ek’owoicho, Ekoja, Ewache, Enenche, Enokela, Ihotu, Inelegwu, Inedu, Ikwuje, Igba, Ngbede, Obiabo, Obogwu, Obute, Ochayi, Obe, Ochayi, Ocheje, Ochemeyi, Ochepo, Ochoche and Ocho’yo.
Other surnames are Ochube, Oyale, Onoja, Onum, Onyeya, Onyilo, Oteikwu, Onye’jeno, Onogwu, Onduka, Ondujum, Onma, Onnah, Ondugbe, Omale, Oloture, Olotuche, Olofu, Onjefu, Onomu, Okoh, Ojima, Okwo, Okwori, Olwodu, Ogejuma, Ogebe, Okpe, Odaleko, Odumu, Ogangbo, Ochoyama, Ocholohi, Ocholofu, Ochohepo, Ocho’fiye and lots more.
Famous Surnames in Ijaw
Some Ijaw surnames include Adawari, Adonye, Afini, Agunoyie, Ajubonyanagha, Akaderi, Ake, Akede, Anetorufa, Anju, Apamor, Aparabiegha, Apawaribim, Asitogha, Atili, Atoni, Atonye, Ayebabomote, Ayebadeinyefa, Ayebaemomoemi, Ayebaeninidetei, Ayebaidobamo, Ayebainakarimanate, Ayebaseighe, Ayebatari, Ayebatonbra, Ayebawomoemi, Ayetamaranbrakem, Ayibaebi, Ayibaefi, Basoene, Beinmonyo, Biedima, Biedimanye, Bieobuma and Bietonye.
Other names include Daulayefa, Ebiakpo , Ebiarede, Ebiasuode, Ebiboseineyagha, Ebide, Ebidisebofa, Ebidougha, Ebieya, Ebigba, Ebikabowei, Ebikeme, Ebikemefa, Ebikemie, Ebikeneye, Ebiketon, Ebikewenimo, Ebikiseye, Ebikonbowei Fasingha, Finidi, Fundudiyegha, Funkuro, Funpere, Gbanaibolou, Gesikeme, Gesiye, Ibiama, Ibiaso, Ibibo, Ibienebo, Ibiere, Ibierefagha, Ibifagha, Ibifubara, Ibikisi, Ibim, Ibima, Ibimina,Ibiminapa, Ibinye, Ibisa, Ibiso, Ibitamuno, Ibitoru, Ibiwangi, Ibiwari, Ibiye, Ibumieghaye, Ibunimi, Idaere, Idah, Idakari, Idala and Idasenibo.
Lastly, we have Oyindeinmode, Oyinenade, Oyinketonperemunu, Oyinkuro, Oyinmeide, Oyinmiebi, Seigha, Seikemefa, Seimieghan, Seimobofa, Seipaleyagha , Seiyefa, Sele, Selefirimogha, Seriake, Songo, Suala, Suoyo Gai, Tamara-brakemi, Tamara-denbofa, Tamara-doubra, Tamara-ebi, Tamara-ebielare, Tamara-emi, Tamara-emoemi, Tamara-etuemi, Tamara-karena, Tamara-pere, Tamarakpo, Tamarakro, Tamaralayefa, Tamaramiebi, Tamaramiyene, Tamarataena, Tamaratare, Tamaraudoubra, Tamaraukro and so forth.
Famous Surnames in Yoruba
The Yoruba ethnic group is one of the major ethnic groups in Nigeria. among the selected surnames of this tribe include Abimbola, Abiola, Babalola, Batunde, Akinwande, Iheme, Balogun, Kumuyi, Bankole, Akinwunmi, Oladapo, Oladipo, Olumide, Oluwa, Oluwole, Saraki, Rotimi, Oyekan, Sowande, Yemisi, Ojo, Layeni, Falola, Ajayi, Adeyemo, Adesoji, Adesina, Adeola, Oladele, Oyeyemi, Fashola, Adepoju, Adekoya, and Adedayo.
We also have surnames like Oluwasemilore, Oluwasegun, Sijuade, Sijuwola, Taiwo, Tamitope, Titobilioluwa, Tolueanimi, Oyelakin, Bolanle, Banji, Oyediran, Oluwatobi, Oluwale, Oluwajomiloju, Oluwagbotemi, Oluwafolajimi, Oluwafeyikemi and many more.
Famous Surnames in Hausa
Adamu, Danladi, Danjuma, Bilal, Aminu, Amir, Ali, Balarabe, Dansabe, Bashir, Gambo, Imam, Isa, Hassan, Faruq, Danlami, Habib, Jalil, Hamzah, Hadi, Hussain, Ismaila, Jibri, Usman, Gaddo, Yusuf, Taminu, Miadawa, Dandawo, Maiwake, Makou, Nasiru, Yarima, Bako, Sarki, Shwaibu, Yohanna, Gaddo, Daran, Rago, Hassan and so forth.
If we must list all surnames in a Nigerian setting, we cannot exhaust them all.
However, these are some family names that you may come across at any time in a Nigerian settlement and all of these family names that we mentioned have their distinct meanings, as we said earlier.