After an introduction from the ethno-linguistic point of view which demonstrates the role of oral tradition in the Bakongo culture and the dynamics which are at the base of transmission, the author, emphasizing the importance of the Kikongo language, introduces the Bakongo anthroponomastic through the use of interesting examples drawn from the earliest ethnographic sources which characterize this culture. The author highlights in a particular way the influence and role of the Portuguese language and the refunctionalizing of names coming from this culture which wanted to have predominant influence over the kingdom of the Congo. Interesting examples are given which have surfaced from research projects in this area and which give insights into the relationships that come to pass between the circumstances of the birth and attribution of the name among the Bakongo. The work concludes with an example which illustrates the birth of the toponymn “Zaire” beginning with the first ethnographic sources concerning the Bakongo.
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