The Standard Shona – English Dictionary of Names

George Kahari


  • Unknown publisher
  • Harare
  • 2016
  • English

The book is currently only available in Zimbabwe.


There is no dictionary of names of this magnitude in Africa, let alone in the “whole circumnavigation of the world”. The project is the culmination of 64 years of work and research. The book traces the origins and meanings of Shona names. It is not a compilation of historical persons’ names but of the meaning, significance and symbolism behind personal family totems and ethnic praise names.


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George Kahari is the former Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and emeritus professor at the University of Zimbabwe.