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Interesting Meaning Behind the "Kips" and "Cheps" in Kalenjin Names

Kalenjin community is the second largest in terms of numbers in Kenya.Like most African communities, Kalenjins name their children in regard to events,character,seasons and weather.Mostly if you have interacted more with the Kalenjin,then you should have noticed that boys names start with "K" and girls names start with "Ch."For a few variations you will find Kalenjin names like Birir and Tuwei which don't start with the "K" and "Ch" and are not very common.Below is a compiled list of common Kalenjin names and their meanings:


1.Kipsang/Chesang-Born outside the house.

2.kibet/Chebet-Born midday.

3.Kiprop/Cherop-Born during the rainy season.

4.Kipkoech/Chepkoech-Born very early in the morning.

5.Kiprotich/Cheprotich-When cows are coming home.

6.Kipkemoi/Chepkemoi-Born at night.

7.Kiptoo/Cheptoo-Born when the visitor arrived.

8.Kiprono/Cherono-When goats/Sheep's are coming from pastures.9.Kiplangat/Chelangat-Born after 7p.m

10.Kipngetich/Chepngetich-Born when the cows are taken out for pasture.

11.Kipchirchir/Chepchirchir-Mom's labor did not last long.

12.Kipchumba/Chepchumba-Born when visitors are around.

13.Kiptanui/Cheptanui-Born when someone fainted.

14.Kipngeno/Chepngeno-Born when goats were waking up.

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