Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

I just saw "Roots" again. Does "Kizzy" really mean "stay put" in the African language?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Kunta Kinte was born in Gambia and belonged to the Mandinka/Mandinke tribe. The Mandinka language, sometimes referred to as Mandingo, is a Mandé language spoken by millions of Mandinka people in Mali, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea-Bissau and Chad; it is the main language of The Gambia. It belongs to the Manding branch of Mandé, and is thus fairly similar to Bambara and Maninka or Malinké.

    In keeping with family tradition, Kunta Kinte gave his daughter an African "Christian" name, Kizzy (Keisa, in Mandinka/ Mandingo), which in Kunta's native tongue means to "stay put".


    Kizzy \k(iz)-zy\. Variant of Kezia (Hebrew) "cassia". Literary: used in Alex Harley's "Roots" as a traditional African name. Use of Kezia and its variants can be traced back to slave names since the 18th century. The meaning of the name Kizzy is Cinnamon, the origin of the name Kizzy is Hebrew.

  • 4 years ago

    Mandinka Names

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    5 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There is no "african language" different tribes have different languages.

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