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A Kadena A Kibra!

Our African Names
We Take Back

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From 2024

Application Procedure

1. Choosing An African Name

There are countless African names! Name with meaning. Names that say something about your character and talents.

African Names list >>

2. Name Search In Registers

The second step is to search your current surname in the slavery registers. You must prove that your name appears in it.

National Archives of the Netherlands >> 

National Archives of Suriname >> 

National Archives of the Antilles >>

3. Submit Application

Okay, you are now going to submit the application. This must be done with official papers. You don't have to do that alone.

Fortunately, there is guidance >>

3. Submit Application

Okay, you are now going to submit the application. This must be done with official papers. You don't have to do that alone.

Fortunately, there is guidance >>

4. Royal Decree

Officials check whether the application is correct. If everything is correct, the King approves the application.  And then you have your new name. In practice you still have to arrange a lot. Let yourself be guided!

Guidance >>

4. Royal Decree

Officials check whether the application is correct. If everything is correct, the King approves the application.  And then you have your new name. In practice you still have to arrange a lot. Let yourself be guided!

Guidance >>

Name Advisors

Name Advisors can help you choose a name and information about the procedure. At the end of October you will find who can help you here.

A New Name Changes

Personal 'Journey'

name change

 Change  In 7 Steps

 Change  In 7 Steps

1

Yes, I Change!

You want to embrace your African heritage even more. You want to change your name.
2

Asking For Help

Get informed by experts. Good advice makes it all easier.
3

Conversation Family

Changing a name also has consequences for family and friends. Talk about it.
4

Research

You are looking for a suitable African name. But also to your family tree.
5

Choosing A Name

You now choose a name that suits your personality and what you find important.
6

Official Change

You submit applications to the government and authorities to have your name changed.
7

Celebration and Aftercare

You now have a different name. Congratulations! Celebrate it! Realize, some people will have to get used to it.

Name Change Is Also A Personal Journey

1 Million Descendants
in
Suriname, Antilles and the Netherlands
take
Their African Name
back

Orúkọ rere ṣ'àgbà oyè

a good name is above all else

 

(Yoruba)

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