Meaning & History

From the ethnic name Somali, of uncertain meaning. The Somali people connect it to their mythical ancestor Samaale. Italian and British colonists applied the ethnic name to the Horn of Africa region in the 19th century. It became an independent country in 1960.

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesSumal(Arabic) Somalija(Croatian) Somalië(Dutch) Somalie(French) Somali(Georgian) Somali(Kazakh) Somali(Kyrgyz) Somālija(Latvian) Somalija(Macedonian) Somali(Mongolian) Somali(Russian) Somalija(Serbian) Somalija(Slovene) Soomaaliya(Somali) Somali(Ukrainian) Somali(Uzbek)
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Entry updated November 20, 2020