The Meaning of “Amma”

AMMA means Saturday born in the Akan language of Ghana. That’s it, nuttin

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I was trying to find my “deepest looking” pic for today’s post, plus I like my puff <3


However, I do like when people ask me the meaning of my name. I DON’T like when people say my name is strange, unusual or weird.

1) That’s rude.

2) It’s really not and it’s such a common name in Ghana. With that being said, I am a bit taken aback when people tell me how pretty or unique it is. My response is usually “Aww thanks  but there are so many Amma(s) in Ghana”. When I tell people my name means “born on Saturday”, they always look very surprised. I can tell they’re expecting a “deeper response” with a message. Most Akan people name their children after the day they were born. See the chart below for reference.


Akan Naming by Day


My brothers names are Kofi, Kwaku and Kwabena, in that order, KKK.  My parents are both Sunday born {Akosua & Akwasi a name match made in } but they both have English names. I do appreciate that our parents gave us African names. We don’t have any English names {*disclaimer* I don’t think there is anything wrong with English names}. I never disliked my name growing up. I got teased here and there. Sometimes my teachers struggled on the first day of school but I didn’t have it as bad as some of my African classmates or even my brothers {I know my brother Kwaku got it, I’m certain}. Even though I don’t think my name is unique or special, I do appreciate that no matter where I am, it starts a conversation. People always want to know what it means and where it comes from. It’s a conversation starter and I luh dat But don’t call me Anna and don’t call it weird! I remember way back when in my college days, an Indian man that regularly shopped at Staples {a store I used to work at} always said to me as I ringed up his items “Do you know that in my country India, Amma means mom?” At the time, I was fascinated by his statement but I did faintly remember and Indian classmate telling me the same thing in high school. Still I was intrigued but then he started to tell me this every time he shopped at the store and looked at my name badge. It got old after


Meaning of  “Amma”


^^Welp I will be somebody’s mama one day 🙂

Meanings of “the name Amma” via good ole Google search

Via Think Baby Names:

Amma meaning and name origin

Amma a(m)-ma as a girl’s name has the meaning “born on Saturday” and is a variant of Ama (Ghanaian): Akan name.


Via Names For Baby:

The meaning of the name “Amma” is: “Servant”.
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Pronunciation: (AH mah)

Form of: Itself (Amma)

Considering Amma as a baby name?

The first thing you should know if you consider choosing Amma for your baby’s name is that in most countries all over the world the name Amma is a girl name.

The name Amma is of Hebrew origin, and is found to be used mostly in Hebrew speaking countries but also in a few other countries and languages of the world.

If you consider naming your baby Amma you should pay attention to the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and will hear it forever. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give it. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, in working career and other circumstances and choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.

Great, so I’m a J.k.

Well.. I was a server at a retirement home in high school AND I used to serve food as hostess at wedding receptions…lol Does that count?

I like this video of model Ajuma stating what her name means. Simple and straight to the point.

What does your name mean? If you’re African, do you plan on giving your children African names or have you already? Why or why not? Let’s converse in the comments section! 🙂

Thank you for reading

~Amma Mama




  • Akosua
    September 9, 2014

    I love your name! I have a ghanaian boyfriend and because of Him I started using my akan name. Im praying my daughter Will be Amma or Efya, i believe I Will try to hold her inside the belly until the right day comes! Jokes apart, i would love to give my children both a ghana name and an italian one. My real name is Marzia and the meaning is “fighter”… Well I really am one!

    • ammamama
      September 13, 2014

      Thanks Akosua! I like your names too {the Italian and Ghanian}. I really like the meaning of Marzia too. I also think it’s great that your children will have both Ghanaian and Italian names. Keep both cultures alive and hold that baby in tight until a Saturday rolls around because Amma’s are delightful <3 Lol
      Thank you so much for reading and commenting 🙂

  • TiffanyAfia
    September 9, 2014

    My name Tiffany has greek origin and it means ‘reincarnation of God’. My ‘day’ name is Afia but I consider my Ghanaian name as Maame Sika because Sika is my name and that’s what I’ve been called by family. No one really calls me Afia because there is too many in my family! My future children will definitely have akan names but an English name too 🙂 maybe I’ll hyphenate it. Lovely post by the way 🙂

    • ammamama
      September 13, 2014

      Wow that Tiffany meaning is pretty deep, cool. Yea Sika is less common than Afia. I don’t hear of that name to often. I am glad you liked the post. Thanks for reading it and commenting 🙂

  • Akua
    September 9, 2014

    Hello cousin! Hehe. I’ve always loved my traditional name Akua but I hate it when people ask what my English name is….that is the only name I’ve got! The only time I’m not a fan is when it comes to Keychain or things with names on it. … never ever going to find my name on something here in the states lol I am planning on my kids having either an Akan first name or middle name.

    • ammamama
      September 13, 2014

      Hey cuz!!!! 🙂 Yes sadly we will never in this country find key chains with our name on When I was younger, I got the “What’s your English name?” a lot because most of my African peers had two names {an English or African} but as an adult I don’t get that at all. The older I get, the more I realize that many of my African peers only have African names. Anywho, thanks so much for reading and commenting Akua 🙂

  • Akua
    September 9, 2014

    Also, I love your poof too!

  • theekitchensink
    September 9, 2014

    Like my mum says, “English people don’t name their kids Yoruba names so why will I give them English names?” LoL! Yea, but no English names for my kids, there won’t be space on the birth certificate with all the beautiful Nigerians names there to pick from. Modupeolu ( my full name) means I’m thankful to God… and I always am 🙂

    • ammamama
      September 13, 2014

      Lol your mom is funny and that literally made me laugh out loud! But I hear her and she’s right. I love the meaning of your name. That is beautiful! Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  • My Fashion S/ash Life
    September 10, 2014

    First of all that puff is the -ish!! My Nigerian name is Obehi and almost everytime I go back home, I ask my ma what the hell it means. From what I remember i think it means- everything’s in the hand of God. From that I took it to mean that my name is linked to destiny, which means it must mean Destiny’s Chid!! Dont ask, ha!!

    • ammamama
      September 13, 2014

      Lol thanks Biki! Sadly,my puff doesn’t even look like that anymore 🙁 I love how you reconstructed the meaning, sounds good to me! Thanks for reading and sharing the meaning of your name:-)

  • Speak Ghana
    September 12, 2014

    Reblogged this on Speak Ghana.

  • MaBedie
    September 13, 2014

    I love my Cameroonian name Bedie. It is a Bantu name that is given amongst the Bafaw, the Bakundu and the Bakossi people of the southwest province of Cameroon, but pronounced slightly differently in each dialect. My version, pronounced like “bee” and “dear” together, is Bafaw ( my father’s tribe) but I was named after my great-grandma who was Bakundu and her’s was pronounced “bay-riyeh” with a rolling “r” by Bakundu people. I have Bakossi friends who call me “bay-diyeh”. Interestingly, it is a rather rare name in Cameroon and most of the people I know who have it were related to my great-grandma somehow. There is no meaning that I know of. Most people in Cameroon are named after an older relative or an ancestor but most of the meanings of names from my part of the country have probably been lost. There are assigned names for twins and babies delivered feet first. With the Bafaws, there are boy names and girl names but with the Ejagam (my mom’s tribe) names are not assigned to sexes. Everyone in my family has an African name and an English name. Mine is actually biblical and I don’t like it. I never use it or tell anyone, so, most people don’t know I have it. When I lived in the US, and later the UK, my name was pretty much never pronounced correctly, but I never gave in to the temptation to reveal my English name. That’s how much I don’t like the name! My children are named in the same way. One is named Asonganyi, after my mother-in-law who is Bangwa. The other is named Etengeneng, after my mother who is Ejagam. I love this name because when it is pronounced correctly in the Kenyang/Ejagam accent, it sounds like the ringing of a tiny bell. They both have English names as well. Great post Amma. Nice to celebrate our heritage through our names.

    • ammamama
      September 13, 2014

      Wow that’s so cool that most of the people that have it are somehow related to your great-grandmother. Look at that family lineage! I like how both of your daughters are named after their grandmothers. That is beautiful. My middle name is after my maternal grandmother. It is definitely nice to celebrate our heritage through our names and give honor to our elders as well. Thanks so much for reading and sharing. I always like to read/hear about other African countries and their tribes, customs and traditions. It was nice reading about how things are done in Cameroon and the different tribes so thanks again for sharing that and reading. I am glad you liked the post 🙂

  • ammamama
    September 13, 2014

    Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  • Elodie
    October 8, 2014

    Amma I love your name! I don’t think it’s hard to pronounce , weird ,Or anything other than what it is. I remember that one call you had in which a member called you name weird and I just kept thinking… What? I don’t see how someone can tease over such a simple name. My younger sister’s name is also amma, but “ahma”. My mom’s tribe originated from the Akan tribe in ghana so we share a lot of the same names.. Mom just spelled my sister’s differently .
    I love this story Anyways I love your name. Your blog too btw!!

    • ammamama
      October 8, 2014

      I LOVE your name too Elodie!!! The members and providers stay being dramatic about it. *rolls eyes* I like the way your sister’s is spelled. It means born on Saturday too right? I never heard of that story or tribe. Thanks for sharing that 🙂 BIG thanks for reading & following my blog too. That means I’m *blushes*
      Thanks boo!!!! 🙂 <3

  • An Afrikan Butterfly
    October 27, 2014

    I like your name, and it’s really the easiest thing, so it’s weird that anyone would find it difficult or consider it unusual. I also like my self-given Ghanaian name, Abena.

    I went to uni in Kumasi and at church, we usually did Offering & Thanksgiving according to day names, so I went back to figure out my day of birth.

    My first name in full is Ekenedilichukwu. It’s Igbo, and it means “Thanks be to God.” At a point in my life (Early teens), I’d give myself oyibo names. Gabriella, Zillah, amongst others. But I’m SO over that now.

  • ammamama
    November 30, 2014

    Thanks Naa! That’s a beautiful name by the way. Thanks for sharing how the Ga tribe names their children. I am so glad you found my blog and even I’m even happier you commented! #YAY 🙂

  • Djénéba
    March 27, 2016

    I learnt a lot here! I am African and I plan on naming my children with African names surely. Simply because Africa is part of their culture and heritage. Plus, African names are so beautiful and melodic!

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