Baby Archie Bestowed With Traditional South African Xhosa Name, and It Has a Very Special Meaning

Lili | September 24, 2019 | 0 | Traditional


The most special gift that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have yet received on their son Archie’s behalf cannot be touched, nor held.

That’s because it’s a name, with a very special meaning.

It was revealed that on the first day of their official tour of South Africa, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were presented with a traditional South African Xhosa name for their 4-month-old baby.

The name ‘Ntiska’, which means pillar of strength, was chosen for Archie by the Gogos (grandmothers) of the Nyanga township.

During their visit to the township, Harry and Meghan looked overwhelmed with joy to be given a framed picture of the name, meaning and a little drawing of a rhino.

They were in the township to visit the Justice Desk, which aims to empower women and children, and the orangization’s executive director Jessica Dewhurst told Harper’s Bazaar that the rhino was chosen “because Harry loves them [rhinos].”

She said the name Ntsika “is the equivalent to Archie, which means bravery and strength, so it just seemed like a perfect fit.”

She went on to explain, “It’s quite traditional for foreign visitors to township communities to be given a South African name.

“South Africa is the cradle of mankind, this is where the human race began, so we are all children of this country.”

We bet Harry and Meghan can’t wait to tell Archie about the significance of his special name once he’s a bit older!


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