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List : Kenyan Tribes With Their Popular Surnames

As of 2019, Kenya with a population of about 47 million, had atleast 42 tribes.

However, among the 42 tribes, Kikuyu, Luhya, Kalenjin, Kamba and Luo were the most dominant tribes in Kenya

During pre-colonial period, Kenya was largely inhibited by tribes three key groups of speakers namely Bantus, Nilotes and Cushites.

However, during the colonial period, a high number of other group of speakers came in and intermarried with the locals.

Such included whites, Asians and other blacks from Africa

Below is a list of Most common surnames from Kenya’s top leading tribes

Kikuyu

Males – Mwangi, Kamua and Njoroge

Females- Wanjiku, Wanjiru and Nyambura

Luhya

M – Wekesa, Wafula

F-Naliaka, Nekesa

Luo

M- Otieno, Odhiambo

F- Atieno, Adhiambo

Mijikenda

M- Mwakazi

F- Mwajuma

Kalenjins

M- Korir, Kibet, Mutai

F- Chebet, Jepkosgei, Cherono

Kamba

F-Mwende, Mueni, Mwikali

M- Musyoka, Kilonzo, Wambua

Meru

M-Kimathi, Mutwiri

F-Kinya, Kinyua

Somali

M- Mohammed

F- Amina

Maasai

M- Koinet, Lemayian

Kisii

M- Mogaka

F- Kerubo, Kwamboka

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