The Kikuyu (also Agĩkũyũ/Gĩkũyũ) is the largest ethnic group in Kenya. They speak the Bantu Kikuyu language. At a population of 8.1 million as of 2019, they account for close to 17% of the total population of Kenya.
The term Kikuyu is derived from the Swahili form of the word Gĩkũyũ. Gĩkũyũ means “large sycamore (mũkũyũ) tree”. Hence Agĩkũyũ in the Kikuyu language translates to “children of the huge sycamore”. The alternative name Nyũmba ya Mũmbi translates to House of the Potter or Creator. Agĩkũyũ can also be a shortened form of Mũũgĩ (wise) kũrĩ (than) ũyũ (him/her), hence “one who is wise to others”.