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It's pronounced a-be-NEE.
Caprice  7/9/2005
Now that's a way to welcome your daughter.
― Anonymous User  7/30/2006
I suggested this to a professor who was expecting her first child (she'd found that it would be a girl), but she didn't take to it. It's a shame, for her family was hoping for a daughter and this would have been a good welcome.
gaelruadh19  1/10/2007
I'm sorry, but the meaning of this name makes me burst out laughing! But still, it is a nice-sounding name.
Georgia_kh  4/24/2007
Salawa Abeni is a popular Nigerian musician. She began her professional career in 1975, and released her debut album, Late General Murtala Ramat Mohammed, in 1976, on Leader Records. It became the first recording by a female artist to sell over a million copies in Nigeria.
― Anonymous User  7/30/2007
I heard a similar meaning in Baby Names for the New Century, by Pamela Samuelson: "We prayed for a girl, and lo! She arrived!"

I was about eight or nine, possibly ten at the time. I shared it with my family, who thought it was a bit funny. :-)
Brianna Angela  8/15/2007
The meaning is simply precious.
Izartrix  9/3/2007
I'm in love with the meaning and it's quite amusing. I started laughing too! What a way to welcome a much wanted girl.
spaz123  9/17/2007
How did they fit a meaning that large into a name that small?
gio2475  7/31/2008
Nicknames: Abbie, Bennie.
juliared24  6/9/2013
We named our daughter this and have only received compliments on it. It is a unique name that isn't too "out there" and is easy to pronounce.
― Anonymous User  7/3/2013
Abeni is an interesting, wonderful name. I love the sight of it, I love the sound of it. And Ben or Beni would be a marvelous nickname.

However... I find myself to be really turned-off by the meaning: "we asked for her, and behold, we got her." I suppose it is endearing when the child is born, but I have a hard time not thinking about how it sounds when she grows up. For an adult (presumably) looking for eventual marriage/partnership/love, I think it has a distasteful patriarchal aspect... especially the final piece of the meaning, "we GOT her," as if she were property. Perhaps I am merely reading too deeply into it, though.
Francesca  10/8/2013
Would you read into it that way if it weren't an African name? Or does it being African automatically mean it must be misogynist?
― Anonymous User  10/8/2017
My name is Abeni and I always get made fun of for it but I like being different from everyone else. People call me Abby, Abs, Bennie or AJ- my initials. I like common names but it doesn't feel stupid to me when people call me, it just makes me proud to be unique. My mum always told me she would kill for a girl and the name fit. It also makes me feel better about myself to be wanted. It doesn't sound like property just that someone cares.
Abeni  2/8/2016
The meaning is beyond sweet, and the nickname Benny would be quite adorable. I think it's beautiful.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/9/2016

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