tawa sinpin

jan

noun: person, someone, anyone

Non-native words are always treated as adjectives in Toki Pona. This includes given names. Simply saying a person's name, by itself, means nothing. In order to refer to someone named Nala, you have to use Nala as an adjective modifying jan; literally, you're saying "person who is Nala" or perhaps "Nala-ish person".

compound words

jan Sonja - Sonja

jan Nansi - Nancy

jan Mewika - American person

jan Owekon - Oregonian people

jan sama - sibling