Published: MARCH 2021

Author(s): Amaka Edith Ideh & Ferdinand Duru

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Department of Linguistics Studies, University of Benin

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The study of names has attracted attentions of linguists, philosophers, anthropologists, sociologist, and language analysts among others. Igbo names in general represent the world view of the Igbo people, and the names can be classified broadly into two: given and taken names. While given names embodies the desires, circumstances surrounding the birth of any child or the challenges facing the family, taken names reflect more of personality, achievement, ideology, dreams and aspirations of the bearer. This study focuses on the later and specifically on names associated with Duru, and compares them with eze related names. Like eze, the reoccurrence of Duru affix in some Igbo names has social, economic, and religious undertones. Data were collected from people that bear names associated with duru, as well as some selected elders who are the custodians of the culture of the areas where these names are in operation. The qualitative research method was used to translate, analyse and explain the data from the anthroponomical, semiotic and linguistic perspectives. The data were classified in three major groups: communities, title and personal names. The study reveals a close link between duru and eze: the names are solely for male, and is more of taken name than given name. In other words, eze is synonymous with duru names, and like eze, it is a title and honorific name; given to great men, title holders, warriors, and distinguished men of their time.

Keywords: Title, Names, Onomastics, Duru, Language