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Origin and Meaning of Amadou

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  • According to a user from North Carolina, United States, the name Amadou is of Arabic origin and means "To praise".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Am"a*dou
A spongy, combustible substance, prepared from fungus (Boletus and Polyporus) which grows on old trees; German tinder; punk. It has been employed as a styptic by surgeons, but its common use is as tinder, for which purpose it is prepared by soaking it in a strong solution of niter.

Etymology: F. amadou tinder, prop. lure, bait, fr. amadouer to allure, caress, perh. fr. Icel. mata to feed, which is akin to E. meat


A French spelling of a name ultimately derived from Arabic أَحْمَدُ (ʾaḥmadu), i.e. Ahmad. Native spellings include Wolof and Pulaar Aamadu etc.

  1. A male given name, widely used in Islamic West Africa.

Notable Persons Named Amadou

Amadou Diawara is a soccer player for the Bologna F.C. 1909 and San Marino Calcio. Amadou was born on July 17th, 1997 in Conakry.


Amadou was born on September 2nd, 1975. They breathed their last breath on February 4th, 1999.


Amadou Toumani Touré is a President of Mali and List of heads of state of Mali. Amadou was born on November 4th, 1948 in Mopti.


Amadou Moutari is a soccer player for the FC Anzhi Makhachkala, Akokana FC, Le Mans FC, FC Metalurh Donetsk, and Niger national football team. Amadou was born on January 19th, 1994 in Arlit, Niger.


Amadou Bakayoko is a soccer player for the A.F.C. Telford United, Walsall F.C., Southport F.C., and Worcester City F.C. Amadou was born on January 1st, 1996 in Sierra Leone.


Amadou Sanogo is a Chairperson of the National Committee for the Restoration of Democracy, State of Mali, and List of heads of state of Mali. Amadou was born in 1972.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Amadou

Ibrahim Amadou is a soccer player for the Lille OSC, AS Nancy, and France national under-19 football team. Ibrahim was born on April 6th, 1993 in Douala.


Hama Amadou is a Prime Minister of Niger, President of the National Assembly, List of heads of government of Niger, and List of Presidents of the National Assembly of Niger.


Moudachirou Amadou is a soccer player for the AS Dragons FC de l'Ouémé, FC Erzgebirge Aue, FC Energie Cottbus, Karlsruher SC, Hannover 96, FC St. Pauli, and Benin national football team. Moudachirou was born on December 11th, 1971 in Cotonou.


Anne-Lisa was born on March 4th, 1930. She left this life on March 19th, 2002.


Kader Amadou is a soccer player for the Olympic FC de Niamey, AS FAN Niamey, Coton Sport FC de Garoua, and Niger national football team. Kader was born on April 3rd, 1989 in Niamey.


Marou Amadou is a Minister of Justice. Marou was born on January 1st, 1972 in Falmey.


How popular is the baby name Amadou in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1992 6 0 6
1993 9 0 9
1994 10 0 10
1995 8 0 8
1996 8 0 8
1997 17 0 17
1998 31 0 31
1999 27 0 27
2000 44 0 44
2001 29 0 29
2002 35 0 35
2003 43 0 43
2004 50 0 50
2005 38 0 38
2006 43 0 43
2007 51 0 51
2008 59 0 59
2009 49 0 49
2010 44 0 44
2011 43 0 43
2012 45 0 45
2013 44 0 44
2014 41 0 41
2015 56 0 56
2016 37 0 37
2017 41 0 41

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Popularity of Amadou as a first name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Amadou U.S.
  White 3.93% 64.26%
  African American 90.45% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.81% 16.26%

Of Last Name Amadou

People with the last name Amadou are most frequently African American

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Fun Facts about the name Amadou

  • How Popular is the name Amadou? Amadou is the 11,221st most popular name of all time. As a last name Amadou was the 101,247th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Amadou have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 908 babies born with the first name Amadou in the United States. That's more than enough people named Amadou to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Amadou? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1992 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Amadou first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Amadou is Saturday, February 24th, 1934.
  • What year had the most people named Amadou born? The highest recorded use of the first name Amadou was in 2008 with a total of 59 babies.
  • Random Amadou Factoid: According to the 2007 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Amadou is not a popular baby boy's name in Ohio. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Ohio have the same name as you in 2007.
  • Weird things about the name Amadou: Your name in reverse order is Uodama. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Duoama. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Amadou? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 178 people with the last name Amadou.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Amadou? Amadou is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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