Popular names of Senegal, West Africa

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Some popular baby names of Senegal (Sénégal) :

Male Female
MAMADOU FATOU
IBRAHIMA AMINATA
ABDOULAYE AWA
OUSMANE KHADY
MOUSSA AISSATOU
AMADOU SEYNABOU
BABACAR MARIAMA
OUMAR MAIMOUNA
CHEIKH ROKHAYA
MOUSTAPHA FATOUMATA
ALIOU COUMBA
ASSANE NDEYE FATOU
ABDOU ADAMA
ADAMA ASTOU
ALIOUNE KHADIDIATOU
SOULEYMANE MARIEME
MBAYE AMY
MALICK DIEYNABA
LAMINE AIDA
SAMBA RAMATOULAYE

Some names like ADAMA, MAGATTE, MAGUETTE are used both as male and female names. Still, the overall precision when using personal names as a proxy for gender in Senegal is ~95%.

Some family names in Senegal (NDIAYE, DIOP, FALL, DIOUF, GUEYE, FAYE, DIALLO, BA, SARR, SOW, SECK, NIANG, DIAGNE, MBAYE, THIAM, SENE, DIENG, CISSE, SY, SALL) can be found in neighbouring countries, in varying proportions. Combining given names and surnames can provide interesting insights about linguistic and cultural background, as well as ethnicity.

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