what is the significance, meaning or origin of the suffix "quan" or "qua" in African American names?

Maculine: -quan, as in LaQuan, JaQuan, DaQuan, RaQuan, etc.  

Feminine: -qua, as in Shiniqua, Shaniqua, etc.  

Does "quan" or "qua" mean something in an African language?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    They don't necessarily have a connection with African names.  It could just be a case of people being creative and the names caught on.  Over the years teaching, I've seen names come in and go out of fashion.  For a while it was "La" in women's names:  LaShonda, LaDonna, etc.  Then it was names ending in "-ika":  Tamika, Shamika, Jamika, etc.  When you think about it, all names were made up at some point.

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  • 2 months ago

    It probably does but with at least 2000 different languages in Africa, you would need to be a little more specific. Don't forget, Africa is the second largest continent with fifty four countries. 

    Most people in the USA of African descent have their ancestry in west Africa so I would look at the hundred or more languages from that area to start with. Remember, also, that when the slaves arrived in the USA they had no common language which is why creoles developed quickly and their native languages disappeared.They were given names by the slave owners. Modern names might be borrowed from modern west African names or could be just modern constructions. It is unlikely that they are names that arrived with the slaves.

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