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From a pet form of Kezia. Explained as a Mandinka name by Alex Haley in Roots (1976).

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  1. A female given name.
    • 1976 Alex Haley, Roots, Reader's Digest:Treasury of Great Books, volume 110 (1977), page 164:
      In Mandinka it meant, "You stay here". [ - - - ] Bell was indignant when she heard the name. "Kizzy! Ain't nobody never heared of dat name! Ain't gon' no nothin' but stir up trouble." But Kunta explained its meaning, and she relented.