Tag Archives: name origin


Ojinnaka-Folk Title/Name

Context: This name was given to my dad by my grandfather or his father. This name is a title given to sons who have surpassed the expectations of their father.  The name Ojinnaka means that he is greater than his age-mates because of his father. Meaning that the greatness of his father is passed down… Continue Reading »

Mount Diablo

Text: JC: The there’s a mountain near where I live called Mount Diablo, and there’s a story surrounding the mountain regarding how it got its name. Back in 1805, Spanish conquistadores were pursuing the Volvon tribe, or anybody who was resisting missionization. So the tribe entered a thicket, and they the spaniards cornered them. And… Continue Reading »

The Origin of Adjorlolo

Context: When I told my roommate about how I was collecting folklore, he offered to talk about some of the stories he’d heard over the course of his life. Background: My roommate comes from a mixed-race family, one side of which originates from the Ivory Coast of Africa. Dialogue: It is said, that my great-great-grandfather, who lived… Continue Reading »

How the McIsaac Clan Came to Be

Context: Gathered from one of my roommates once he found out about my collection project. Background: My roommate comes from “a long lineage of Scottish kings and clan leaders of a certain group of isles.” Dialogue: Donald McIsaac… was the, progenitor, the originator… the first dude, named McIsaac, um… and, he— So the backstory, basically, I learned this from… Continue Reading »