OUR CLAN NAMES

Madiba, Sopitsho, Yem-Yem, Ngqolomsila, Velabambhentsele, Madibindonga and Zondwa Zintshaba are our clan names. These are the family names of our ancestors which are considered more important than surnames amongst Xhosa speaking people. Much like the clan system of Scotland, Xhosa people can trace their family history back to a specific male ancestor or stock. Mentioning the clan name of someone you wish to address is the highest form of respect and it is considered polite to enquire after someone’s clan name when you meet them. The clan name is also sometimes used as an exclamation, salute or greeting by members of that clan.