Subject: Re: African Surnames
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: August 2, 2005 at 3:22 PM
Reply to: Re: African Surnames by Menke

I think we should treat this website with caution. The author's purpose seems to be to find names containing the combination RA and then claim a reference to the Egyptian sun god. He also has a thing about volcanoes. Whatever the meaning of the Manding clan name Traore (also spelt Tarawiri) I'll bet my life that it has no relation to the Maori name of a volcano in New Zealand. As soon say that my name, Young, proves that I am Chinese.
With regard to the surname Asare, Ghanaian surnames for which I've found an explanation have always turned out to be male given names. So I think there's a good chance that it's a patronymic.

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