ABC of Setswana names

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Thandiwe Tshabalala

These very beautiful GIFS by illustrator Thandiwe Tshabalala depict 17 Setswana names, each starting with a different letter of the alphabet. (The letters C, X, Q, V, J and Z do not appear in the Setswana language, and no names start with U, H or Y.)

Most if not all of the names bear a reference to God. "It has become embedded in the Batswana people to name the offspring ... names that reflect or depict the great work of God," says Thandiwe on her Behance page where she posted these GIFS, quoting Gaopalelwe Nke.

"Every Setswana name revolves around the deeds or aspirations and plans of the Almighty. When looking at these 17 names, you will learn that every one of the names reflects on the happiness, sadness and hope brought upon by God. Each name is a symbol to the parents of what they want to see from you or what your birth meant at that moment in time." 

See whether your or you child's name is here!

Setswana baby names, Thandiwe Tshabalala

Setswana baby names, Thandiwe Tshabalala

Setswana baby names, Thandiwe Tshabalala

Setswana baby names, Thandiwe Tshabalala

Setswana baby names, Thandiwe Tshabalala


Setswana baby names, Thandiwe Tshabalala


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