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Origin and Meaning of Bantu

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  • A submission from Alabama, United States says the name Bantu means "Gift of God" and is of Unknown origin.
  • A submission from South Africa says the name Bantu means "The people" and is of Bantu origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ban"tu
A member of one of the great family of Negroid tribes occupying equatorial and southern Africa. These tribes include, as important divisions, the Kafirs, Damaras, Bechuanas, and many tribes whose names begin with Aba- Ama- Ba- Ma- Wa-, variants of the Bantu plural personal prefix Aba-, as in Ba-ntu, or Aba-ntu, itself a combination of this prefix with the syllable -ntu, a person; or as in Watusi.
  1. the family of languages spoken by the Bantu people (definition 1).
adjective Ban"tu
  1. Of or pertaining to the Bantu language group Bantu (definition 2); as, Bantu languages.
  2. of or pertaining to the Bantu people (definition 1).The Bantu population of Sierra Leone
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A family of languages widely spoken in the southern half of the African continent
  2. A member of any of a large number of linguistically related peoples of Central and South Africa
  3. Of or relating to the African people who speak one of the Bantoid languages or to their culture ("the Bantu population of Sierra Leone")

Notable Persons Named Bantu

Bantu Mzwakali is a soccer player for the Ajax Cape Town F.C. and South Africa national under-20 football team. Bantu was born on November 9th, 1993 in Cape Town.


He breathed his last breath in 2009.


Fun Facts about the name Bantu

  • How unique is the name Bantu? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Bantu was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Bantu: Your name in reverse order is Utnab. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ubnat. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Bantu born Feb 4, 1970

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Ukraine approximately on 500. Your profession was preacher, publisher, and scribbler of ancient inscriptions.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. It always seemed to you, that your perceptions of the world are somewhat different. Your lesson - to trust your intuition as your best guide in present life.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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