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Origin and Meaning of Tolu

User Submitted Meanings

  • A user from Germany says the name Tolu is of Yoruba origin and means "God's own".
  • A submission from Illinois, United States says the name Tolu means "To God" and is of African origin.
  • According to a user from Nigeria, the name Tolu is of Yoruba origin and means "TO GOD".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun To*lu"
A fragrant balsam said to have been first brought from Santiago de Tolu, in New Granada. See Balsam of Tolu, under Balsam.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Aromatic yellowish brown balsam from the tolu balsam tree used especially in cough syrups

From Spanish Tolú (“town in Colombia where the tree is found”), from Tolúes (“name of a pre-Columbian people of the area”).

  1. The resinous secretion of Myroxylon balsamum, used in cough syrups and perfumery.

tolu was also found in the following language(s): Crimean Tatar, Fijian, Niuatoputapu, Niuean, Samoan, Tetum, Tongan, Tuvaluan, and Wallisian

Notable Persons Named Tolu


Tolu Latu is a rugby player. Tolu was born on February 23rd, 1993 in Nuku Ľalofa.


Tolu Olukayode Odugbemi is a Vice chancellor of the University of Lagos and Vice chancellorof theUniversity of Lagos. Tolu was born on January 30th, 1945 in Oke-Igbo, Ondo State, Nigeria.


Tolu Popoola is an athlete for the Performance FC Phoenix.


Fun Facts about the name Tolu

  • When was the first name Tolu first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Tolu is Thursday, April 5th, 1928.
  • How unique is the name Tolu? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Tolu. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Tolu: Your name in reverse order is Ulot. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ltuo. How do you pronounce that?

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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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