Just like other African languages,Kiswahili, Zulu, Amharic and Yoruba, Hausa language is one of most used languages in West Africa, as reported by experts estimation. The language which hold its predominant of speakers in Africa, the number of the speakers was approximated to number about 50 milions and the language was categorised into Afro-asiantic language family.
Hausa language servers as a lingua franca in Northern Nigeria, Niger Republic, some parts in Cameroun, Sudan, Libya, Chad and amongst muslims in Ghana, Gabon, Ivory Coast etc. Most native Hausa people can be largely found in Southern and Eastern Niger Republic, Northern Nigeria, Sudan, Ghana and Chad and too the languguage was used as a commercial language in some African countries like Benin, Ghana, Cameroun, Togo, Ivory coast e.t.c where they inhabited as a result of long ages of commercial activities with the regions.
After all these achievements and progresses attained by the people above, some backbitters are taking it that they don’t have native names or that they have purposefully misplaced them with Arabic names and that is not exactly the truth.
Hausa people just like other African tribes, have in their possesion own native names which can be said started as old as the Hausa civilisation with relation to their culture, tradition and their way of life.
Hausa native names are given to new born children after their birth, situation surrounding their birth, their numbers in a family, and someones roles in a society after they had grown up. Everyone can identify the names by mention due to their deep hausa language root and traditions. And up till today the names are being maintained by various Hausa sub-groups like; Gobirawas, Tagamawas, Adarawas, Kurfayawas, Cidarawas, Arawas, Daurawas, Kanawas, Kabawas, Katsinawas, Ranawas, Hadejawas, Zazzagawas, Zamfarawas and so forth. And there are some neighbouring tribes that found themselves amist Hausas that adopts the names, Barebaris (Kanuri), Fulanis, Zabarmawas(Zarmas), Azbinawas (Touregs) e.t.c Sokoto Fulani mornachs as an example.
The chief reason why the present generation are more opting to Arabic names is because of one Islamic hadith, as reported by Abu Dawud.
“The name given to the child must be meaningful, lovely and good. On the Day of Resurrection, a person will be called by his name and the names of his parents. Therefore, a good name must be selected. (Abu Dawood)”
The ancient hausas of that time have had association with the Arabs during their era at Middle east, they intermingled with them, shared their culures and norms with them before they abandoned the area for present Africa.
Hausa names their children names of Orthodox Christian and Islamic prophets like Adam, Nuhu(Noua), Ibrahima(Abraham), Idirisa (David), Musa(Moses), Hajara, Safiya, Hasiya, Hana(Hannah), Samu(Samuel, Shammil), Bilal, Balkisu, Yunusa, Isma’ila, Isiyaka(Isaac), Yakubu(Jacob), Yusufa(Joseph), Sulaimanu(Solomon), Bilyaminu(Benjamin) and others. Some of the names due to ages of usage by hausas have been abbreviated into Ado(Adam), Sule(Sulaimanu), Idi(Idirisa), Yaku(Yakubu), Mikko(Mika’ilu) e.t.c being that hausas are one of Ancient African civilisation that inhabited in Middle east now occupied by Arabians and Berbers.