Naming among most African communities is often done based on the situations and circumstances sorounding the birth of a newborn. Some names are also earned as one grows due to personalities as well as the prefferences of one's close allies and relatives .
Among the Nandi and the entire Kalenjin community , all names have a unique meaning which hints alot about an individual in terms of character and the circumstances sorounding one's birth . For instance the name Kiprotich describes an individual who was born when cattle were being returned from the cattle field.
The name Samoei is commonly used among prominent personalities in Nandi. It was used in the colonial times by the legendary Koitalel Arap somoei and currently by Kenya' deputy president , William Samoei Ruto .
The name has two parts with different but conjoined meanings. The first part is "Samo " while the secondly part is "ei". The first part generally refers to a black stripped colour while the second part refers to a bull . This is synonymous to the term "Kirkit" which is oftenly used to describe a powerful person .
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