The ‘ABC’s of Setswana Names’: Gifs by Thandiwe Tshabalala

Setswana Names & Meanings: The ‘ABC’s of Setswana Names’ is Graphic designers Thandiwe Tshabalalato’s follow up series to her ‘ABC’s of Xhosa Names‘.

Tshabalalato uses colorful animated gifs to educate us on the names and meanings of the Tswana people from Southern Africa.

‘It has become embedded in the Batswana people to name the offsprings and award names that reflect or depict the great work of God. Every Setswana name revolves around the deeds or aspirations and plans of the Almighty. When looking at the names (illustrated) you will learn that every one of the names reflects on the happiness, sadness and hope brought upon by God. Each name is a symbol to the parents of what they want to see from you or what your birth meant at that moment in time.

C,X,Q,V,J,Z (these alphabets do not exist in the Setswana vocabulary) U,H,Y (these alphabets do exist however we do not have names that begin with them).

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Excerpt from Gaopalelwe Nke | Illustration Gifs by Thandiwe Tshabalala

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