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Lamin is the most common Gambian name (male). It is derived from the Arabic Al-Amin - a title given to the prophet Mohammed which means "the trustworthy". Below is a list of popular Gambian first names as well as common surnames; nicknames are in parenthesis. N.B. spelling variations are common.
Male First Names
Female First Names
Abdoulaye
Ablanjaye
Alaji
Alasan
Alieu
Amat
Baboucar
Bai
Bakary
Bala
Banta
Baturu
Boro
Boubacar (Bouba)
Chenor
Cyper
Demba
Ebrima
Ediresa (Edi)
Foday
Gereh
Hassan
Hatabu
Isa
Jabril
Kairaba
Kamara
Karamo
Kawsu
Kebba
Lamin
Malik
Masane
Mohammed
Momodu (Modu)
Musa
Mustafa
Omar
Ousman
Paoboy
Pateh
Saihou
Sainey
Samba
Seedy
Sheriff
Sirif
Suma
Sutay
Tairu
Tijan
Yankubah
Yaya
Yoro


Adama
Aminata (Amie)
Awa
Binta
Channeh
Fatoumata (Fatou)
Haddy
Halima
Ibironke
Isatou
Jeneba (Jay)
Kaddyatou (Kady)
Kenenjaye
Kutu
Loli
Maimuna
Mama
Mampol
Mandiki
Mariama
Marie
Musakuta
Ndey
Nene
Oumil
Pahali
Piretta
Ramatoulaye (Ramou)
Rohey
Saijo
Satang
Sira
Sohna
Tida
Yahar
Yamundow
Yari
Yata




Surnames  
Badjie
Bah
Baldeh
Ceesay
Colley
Danso
Darboe
Fatty
Gaye
Guissé
Hairte
Jaiteh
Jallow
Jammeh
Janneh
Jarju
Jassey
Jawara
Jobateh
Jobe
Kah
Manneh
Marenah
Mboge
Mendy
Njie
Saidykhan
Sanneh
Sanyang
Sarr
Secka
Senghore
Sidibeh
Sohna
Sonko
Suso
Taal
Touray










Most first born males from the Mandinka tribe are named Lamin which can lead to a great deal of confusion when calling out a child's name. So they developed the convention to add their father's name after calling out "Lamin". Other names are Fatou derived from Fatima and Momodou or Modou from Mohammed, Bocar from Aboubacarr, and so on.
 
 
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