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10 Common Kalenjin Names and Their Meaning

Kalenjins typically name their children after the location and type of birth that took place at the time the child was conceived. Male names typically begin with "ki," female names begin with "je," and some can be given to either gender and begin with "Che."

The Kalenjins' names are listed below, along with their hidden meanings.

Jebet and Kibet

When a woman gives birth in the afternoon, her son is named Kibet and her daughter, Jebeth.

Kipkoech and Jepkoech

Kipkoech was a man who was born in the morning, and Jepkoech was a woman who was born at the same time. Chepkoech can be assigned to either male or female.

Kipkemboi and Jepkemboi

When a woman gives birth to a boy at night, she is referred to as Kipkemboi, and when she gives birth to a girl, she is referred to as Jepkemboi. Chepkemboi can be either male or female.

Kiprono and Jerono

Kiprono, like Jerono, is a male name given to a baby boy when the goats are brought home in the evening.

Kiptoo and Jeptoo

Kiptoo named the man, implying that the baby was born in front of guests, as Jeptoo was.

Kiptanui and Jeptanui

Kiptanui for men and Jeptanui for women refers to a child who is born without crying, breathing, or fainting. In the same incident, however, a couple can refer to both genders as Cheptanui.

Kipngetich and Jepngetich

This means they were born after the cows were put out to pasture after breakfast. Chepngetich is a unisex name that both men and women can use.

Kipchirchir and Jepchirchir

These are the kinds of babies who are born after only a short period of labor pain.

Kipngeno and Jepngeno

Kipngeno for males and Jepngeno for females born when goats are awake in the morning.


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