If you have ever wondered ‘What are the names of God in Yoruba?, then you have come to the right place! Here, you can learn all the different names of God in Yoruba and their meanings in English. Find out how you can praise the Lord in your native tongue.
Every language and every culture has its own ways to address God. Some might have multiple different names of God, especially if the nation is very spiritual. Yoruba people are no exception.
Even though Yoruba people used to believe in multiple deities, most have moved on to Christianity or Islam. However, the traditional names of god in Yoruba can be applied to any god. Below, you can find some of the different names of God in Yoruba language and their English translations.
Names of God in Yoruba and their meaning
There are at least two hundred different names and phrases in Yoruba language that praise God. We decided to limit ourselves to a much smaller amount, as many of those names are either similar or identical in meaning. We will share with you both the Yoruba versions of the name and their closest English translations. In some cases, you might see several phrases that mean roughly the same thing.
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Without further ado, here are the names for God in Yoruba:
★ A dani wa ye — The One who created us and put us on this planet.
★ Adagba ma paaro oye / Olorun ti o yipada — God that does not change.
★ Adakedajo — The silent judge.
★ Adunbalo – He who is worth following.
★ Aduro gboingboin lehin asotito — He who protects the truthful.
★ Agbo ma te ni o — He who is ancient but never weak.
★ Akoda aye, Asheda orun — The Creator of the earth and heaven
★ Alabarin aye wa — He who accompanies us.
★ Alakoso orun at’aye — Lord of heaven and earth
★ Alawo tele orun — He that is full of light.
★ Alfa ati Omega, Ibere Ogbon, Opin Imo — The Alpha and the Omega, the origin of wisdom and the ending of knowledge.
★ Araba ti ki ku — An eternal Oak.
★ Arewa ti n be lorun, oba waa, oba woo, oba wawa wowo — The overseer of the entire galaxies.
★ Aribirabata — The Great Lord.
★ Aseke orun — He who created heaven.
★ Asoku d'alaye — He who can bring the dead back to life.
★ Asorodayo — Lord that gives joy.
★ Atobiju — The Almighty.
★ Atofarati bi oke — He who defends and supports.
★ Atofokante — The One we can confide in.
★ Awa ma ri di — Mysterious Lord.
★ Awiiro alaafia — The Prince of peace.
★ Awimayehun — He whose word does not change.
★ Awuwo ma se gbe — The He who cannot be overthrown.
★ Baba mimo, Omo mimo, Emi mimo — The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
★ Eleburu ike — He whose care for us is endless.
★ Eleeda ohun gbogbo – He who created all things.
★ Eleti gbo aroye – The One who listens.
★ Elewu oye — He who is clothed in royalty.
★ Eleyinju Imole — He who has holy eyes.
★ Eni aiyeraiye — The eternal God.
★ Eni ti nrin lori iye apa afefe — He who moves on wind’s wings.
★ Eniti ofo ilekun ide — He who broke the brass gates.
★ Gbani, gbani tan sa ya — Who we run for help to.
★ Ibi isadi olododo — He who is the refuge for the righteous.
★ Ikan lana, Ikan lola, Ikan loni — Same as yesterday, today or tomorrow.
★ Imole ninu okunkun aye — The light in the darkness.
★ Ireti wa — The hope of ours.
★ Iwo lolugbeja omo orukan — He who defends orphans.
★ Iwo lo pase fun owuro lati igba ojo re wa — He who orders the morning.
★ Jagunjagun ode orun — Heaven’s mightiest warrior.
★ Kabi o o si o / Oba aseyiowu — The unquestionable.
★ Kabiyesi o alade wura — The King who owns a golden crown.
★ Nipa ase re ni idi nfi fo lo soke ki o le lo te ite re si oke giga — As the Almighty ordered, the eagle has built its nest high.
★ O ki iba idajo ati opolopo otito — The virtuous judge.
★ Oba aanu — The Father of mercy.
★ Oba alagbada imole — The One whose clothes are light.
★ Oba awon oba — The King of all kings.
★ Oba onise nla — The great worker of good.
★ Oba t’ao ri, sugbon t’ari ise owo Re — The One we cannot see, but can feel the actions of.
★ Oba t’enikan o le pe l’ejo — The King whom we cannot judge.
★ Oba t’o f’oro da ile aye — He who spoke and created everything.
★ Oba t’o mo ohun gbogbo — Lord knows all.
★ Oba t’o mo wa — The He who knows us.
★ Oba t’o mu ‘banuje tan — The Lord that can end all sorrow.
★ Oba t’o san gbogbo ‘gbese wa — The Lord that bears the price of our sins.
★ Oba t’o se’gun agbara ese — The Lord that delivers us from sin.
★ Oba t’o ti wa, t’o si wa, ti o si ma wa lailai — God was, is, and always will be.
★ Oba t’o yan wa fe — He who decides our destiny.
★ Oba t’oni gbogbo ope — The One that deserves all of our praise.
★ Oba t’oni k’omasi, ti o si si mo — The Lord that can close a door, which no man will ever open.
★ Oba ti emi gbogbo enia wa l'owo Re — The one that has the keys each person’s existence.
★ Oba ti ki sun, ti ki togbe — The King who never sleeps or slumbers.
★Oba titi ayeraye — The everlasting God.
★ Oba to ni owa t’owa / Oba t’oni k’owa, t’owa — The commanding God.
★ Oba to ti wa k’aye o towa — He who came before creation.
★ Oba toto bi a ro — The truly worthy King.
★ Ofi agbara fun esin — He who gave the horses their strength.
★ Ogbamu gbamu oju orun o she gbamu, ojiji awamaridi — Our invisible and immutable God.
★ Ogbeja k’eru o ba onija — The One that fights on the side of the defenceless.
★ Olorun a de da, a se da — God who created man.
★ Olorun ajinde — The Lord who was resurrected.
★ Olorun alaaye — The Lord of all the living.
★ Olorun ayo / Asorodayo — The Lord who gives joy.
★ Olorun kan lailai — The only Lord.
★ Olorun t’o le se ohun gbogbo / Oba t’o ju gbogbo orisa lo — The Lord Almighty.
★ Olorun t’o tobi ju gbogbo aye lo — He who is greater than all of the earth.
★ Olowogbogboro — The One whose hand can reach anywhere.
★ Oludamoran — He who offers great advice.
★ Oludande — The One that delivers.
★ Oludariji — The One that forgives.
★ Olugbala — The One that saves.
★ Olumoranokan eda — He who can see a heart’s intent.
★ Olupese — The one that provides.
★ Oluso — Our guardian.
★ Olutunu — He who comforts.
★ Omini mini tin mi ile aye — The One who can move mountains.
★ Onise iyanu / Eni iyanu — He who can perform miracles.
★ Ore wa — Our friend.
★ Oro gbe nu omo eniyan fohun — The One that listens to the prayers.
★ Owibee sebee / Aleselewi / Alewilese — The He who speaks and acts.
★ Oyigiyigi — The great and mighty.
That is it for our list of Yoruba names for God. If we have missed any of your favourite names for God, you can leave them in the comments. We hope this has helped you find the right words to use in your next prayer or just in your thoughts. God bless you.
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