Ashanti: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Ashanti

Ashanti

Pronunciation: ah-SHAHN-tee (key)

An overnight sensation in 2002, singer Ashanti followed Aaliyah straight from the pop charts to the name charts. The name's a natural, with its jazzy sound and echoes of African history. To some, though, it will sound like an ethnicity rather than a name.

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Ashanti is a male name as the masculine form is used to denote the people/nation at large. It is the name of one of the oldest and once largest nations on the continent of Africa. Their name literally tells the story of Creation expressed in Genesis, for they are "the people of God's breath."
To change the name to the feminine form, change the 'i' to an 'a'. The Ashanti were fierce warriors and the last hold outs against colonialism. Queen Yaa Asante Waa gathered her people together and fought during one of four wars to protect their independence and remain as the last large hold out against European invasion and subjugation.

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Ashanti is an a former kingdom (later a British colony) in western Africa, in what is now a region of Ghana.

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