Like other clans of Buganda, the Njovu Clan developed its own standard clan names.
Ancient Baganda, when organising themselves into different clans, developed a system of standard naming through which they were able to identify and differentiate themselves according to their clans. Thus, when someone said that his name was Nsubuga, the listener would right away know that the speaker belonged to the Lungfish (Mmamba) Clan. Likewise, if the speaker’s name was Ssemmambo, the listener would have no doubt in his or her mind that the speaker was of the Elephant Clan.
In some clans, names are standard throughout the clan, while in others it is the practice to name members according to their branches (masiga) or even sub-branches (mituba) or lines (nnyiriri) or houses (nnyumba). Such names are therefore localised as they are not used elsewhere in the clan.
In the Njovu clan in general, most of the names have either early historical and traditional connotations related to the elephant, or have meanings descriptive of the elephant’s appearance or manifestation, essential nature, and attributes and being. There are names which reflect the mighty tusks carried by the elephant, e.g. Ssessanga, the mighty body of the elephant, e.g. Ssozi (the big hill), and so on.
Categorisation of names
The names given to clan members are in three main categories:
1. Names which are confined to patrician lineages, such as Kayaaye, Ssewaaya, Ssezzooba, Mabejjo, Kalagala, Mukwanguzi, Nnalubaale, Kayonde, Nnalukoola, Ssebyayi, Ssemayanzi, Nnamirembe, Ssemukoteka, Wavvuvumira, Ssekibi, Mulyanga, Ssekyeenyi, Katunda, Mulagwe, Ssembajja; and Waggumbulizi.
2. Names which are confined to certain branches (masiga) or even sub-branches (mituba) or family lineages (nnyiriri) or houses (nnyumba). Such names are therefore localised as they are not used elsewhere in the clan. Names, such as, Lugumira, Sserubula, Nnammambo, Nnalubula, Buvumbo, Mbazi, Mubanda, Nnamubanda, Mitijjajjuuni, Kirenge, Ssemukina, Ssengo, Sserunyiigo, Sseruwandagaze, Ssennungi, Nsimbi, Nnammambo, Nnamaato, Nnabwaato, and Nnabinene are found only in the Kikomeko Branch. Names, such as, Ggulu, Lukuba, Ssenduli, Ssempowojjo, are restricted to the Ggulu Branch. It is only in the Kakembo Branch that one finds such names as Ssempyangu, Bbengo, Sseryenvu, and Mawongoma. The names, Ssensalire and Kisinde, are usually found with people from the Ntambi Branch. The Ssemmambo Ssebuwufu Ssewandigi Branch has names which are special and do not normally appear anywhere elsewhere in the clan. Some of these are: Ssitakange; Kalaala; Kifundikwa; Ssebuwufu; Muzingu; Kibi; Kirwaana; Nkwanga; Ndibalwanya; Walonze; Wakkanyuule; Sserukeera; Maswanku; Masaakwa; Kalimu; Ssebbaale; Nnabbaale; Nkoligo; Nnawandigi; Ssewandigi; Muligi; Ssebuligi; Nnandigi; Magala; Nnamagala; Nnalwanga; Nnyungwa; Ggwerudde; Batasi; Sserwanyo; Ssebukoko; Bisinde; Nnabisinde; Nnabisenke; and Nnabiwemba.
3. Standard and general names throughout the Clan. Some of these names are: Ssemmambo; Ssessanga; Nnassanga; Kikomeko; Nnakikomekos; Kakembo; Nnakakembo; Nnabakembo; Ssozi; Nnassozi; Nnakate; Ggalabuzi; Ssekandi; Nnakandi; Ntambi; Nnantambi; Ssekimpi; Ssemakadde; Nnamakadde; Ssentomero; Ssevviiri; Muzingu; Batte; Nnabatte; Sseddyabanne; Kiro; Ssettyabule; Bitalo; Nnabitalo; Ssegujja; Nnagujja; Lukoda; Ssenteza; Nnanteza; Kayiga; Nnakayiga; Lule; and Ssennyomo.
"The name Mukalo is reserved for the head of the Clan and should not be given to other people.
Policy on naming"
As a matter of policy, once a child is born, the father of such child should consult his father or other elders in the family or family lineage for a suitable clan name to be given pending the official naming ceremony (Okwalula abaana). However, at the time of birth of the child, there is no ban on naming the child according to the feelings of the parents, or the time of birth, e.g. the weather, season, prevailing event(s), the child or its background, e.g. the habits of the child, prevailing activities or events, place f birth, the interests of the family or community, social relationships, etc.