Fante people are mainly from the Akan tribe. Fante people originate from Ghana.
In the 15th century they prevented the Portuguese from taking full control of the area and they were forced to retreat. The Port were then followed by the Dutch and British.
Wikipedia describes them as below
Fante subgroup is mainly gathered in the south-western coastal region of Ghana, with some also in Ivory Coast. Fante main city is Cape Coast, Central regionand Mankessim as their traditional headquarters. They are one of the Akan peoples, along with the “‘Asantefo'” or Ashantis, the Akuapem, the Akyem, the Baoule, Guam, and others. Despite the rapid growth of theAshanti Empire in historic times, the Fante have always retained their state to this day.
One of the social contexts of names among the Akan, and the Fante, for that matter is that they are used as social tags to indicate personal and group identity. This is so with family names derived from the patrilineal clans of the fathers that are given to children. Each of the twelve patrilineal clans has its peculiar family names. It is thus possible to use one’s name to trace his/her patrilineal clan. Children who trace their genealogy to one patrilineal father may therefore share similar family names. Some typical family names include: Yankah, Osam, Aidoo etc. There have also been innovations as a result of westernisation, education and foreign religion. Multiple names have also developed out of this phenomenon. Also, some Fante names are translated literally into English and such anglicised names have come to stay as family names. One can argue that the Fantes living on the coast were the first to be in contact with the Europeans. It is therefore possible that the trend is a western influence. Examples of such anglicised transformational name are:
- Dua (lit tree/board) – Wood
- Kuntu (blanket ) – son of Kuntu Blankson
- Kumi ba ( child of Kumi) – Kumson or Koomson
- Kwei ba ( child of Kwei) – Quayson, Quayeson, Kweison or Kwaeson
- Akorɔma (hawk) – Hawkson
- Nyameba – Godson
- ɛbo (stone) – Rockson
Accordingly, some family names can also be identified by the suffix, for example:
- -son as in Yawson
- -ful, as in Arkorful,
- -ney, as in Biney.
Otherwise, Fante (Akan) typological family names indicate various contexts. They may be circumstantial, manner of birth, theophorous, weird names, insinuating and proverbial names, gang and nicknames, status, occupational, professional, religious, matrimonial, and western names.
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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fante_people Extract below:
Below from http://www.ghanaculture.gov.gh/index1.php?linkid=65&archiveid=2046&page=1
See also FANTI HISTORY, CULTURE, RELIGION, ECONOMY
In jamaica the Akan slaves were called coromantee. I have seen Jamaican records describing the slaves in this way. Where the slaves are called Coromantee they are Jamaican slaves from Ghana
Coromantee,Coromantins,CoromantiorKormantine(derived from the name of the Ghanaian slave fort ofFort Kormantinein Koromanti, Ghana
Www.slaverysite.com provide the below insights during this time and show the scale of slavery.
Trade From Africa to the Americas (Slavery in America, an educator’s site made possible by New York Life) (17)
Slave trade routes from Africa to the Americas during the period 1650-1860 are shown. There were additional routes to the New World from Mozambique, Zanzibar and Madagascar on the east side of Africa. Most of the slaves from the east side were brought to Portuguese controlled Salvador in the state of Bahia, Brazil, along with many other slaves from Angola. Brazil received more slaves from Africa than any other country in the New World. The 500,000 African slaves sent to America represents 10% of the number sent to Brazil, and 11% of the number sent to the West Indies. According to the estimates of Hugh Thomas (12), a total of 11,128,000 African slaves were delivered live to the New World, including 500,000 to British North America; therefore, only 4.5% of the total African slaves delivered to the New World were delivered to British North America. Also from Hugh Thomas, the major sources of the 13 million slaves departing from Africa (see slave ports map, above) were Congo/Angola (3 million), Gold Coast (1.5 million), Slave Coast (2 million), Benin to Calabar* (2 million), and Mozambique/Madagascar on the east coast of Africa (1 million).