Tokunbo Name Meaning & Origin
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"Tokunbo" is a unisex name that is usually given with a two syllable prefix word (examples include: Ola, Ade, Oye, etc). It is formally written with the prefix (eg Olatokunbo) or simply shortened as Tokunbo
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Tokunbo is a unisex name, originating from the Yoruba ethnic group in Nigeria. The name means "from overseas" or "from across the sea".
The name is mostly used for a baby born in a country oversea. However, in some cases, a baby born in Nigeria, but with one of the parents being a descent of an oversea country may also be named Tokunbo.
So for people, mostly other Nigerians (who know the meaning of the name) who meets a person with this name, they automatically know that his/her parents are Nigerians, but was born outside the country, or the person is obviously of a mixed race.
The full name is written with a two syllable prefix, usually (but not always) taken from the surname. For example: A baby with the surname "Olajide", most probably would be named as "Olatokunbo" (meaning "wealth comes from overseas"). A baby with the surname "Oyeyele", would most definitely be named as "Oyetokunbo" (meaning "Chieftaincy comes from overseas"). Surname "Adeniran" would be named as "Adetokunbo" (meaning "kingship/crown/throne comes from overseas") and so on. Families without surnames that could fit into the name, would usually name their babies as "Olatokunbo".
The name "Tokunbo" has also been used to describe products (like cars, clothes etc) that are imported from oversea countries.
- Famous real-life people named Tokunbo
*Ramsey Nouah - Film actor. "Tokunbo" is his middle name.
*Tokunbo Olajide - Retired Light Middle Weight boxer.
*Tokunbo Afikuyomi - Politician
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*One of the lead characters in the television series "Gidi Up" is named "Tokunbo". The character is played by Adeyemi Okanlawon.