Samaale, the oldest common ancestor of several Somali clans, is generally regarded as the source of the ethnonym Somali.The name "Somali" is, in turn, held to be derived from the words soo and maal, which together mean "go and milk" — a reference to the ubiquitous pastoralism of the Somali people.
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The ancient Puntites were a nation of people that had close relations with Pharaonic Egypt during the times of Pharaoh Sahure and Queen Hatshepsut.
The pyramidal structures, temples and ancient houses of dressed stone littered around Somalia are said to date from this period.
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Note: The Somali Bantu are a distinct cultural group."We know that some people left Australia to join the jihad of the Islamic Courts (a faction in the Somalian civil war) and have even been killed," Dr Hilole said."We know there are supporters in Australia who want to recruit young Somalis to go back or support financially the Islamic Courts.It has the longest coast of any African nation, bordering on both the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.The inland areas are predominantly plateaus, with the exception of some rugged mountains in the far north.An Ancient Chinese document from the 9th century CE referred to the northern Somalia coast — which was then part of a broader region in Northeast Africa known as Barbara, in reference to the area's Berber (Hamitic) inhabitants The first clear written reference of the sobriquet Somali, however, dates back to the 15th century.