While it is very true that Maternity is more likely to be accurate than paternity, the name of your mother, and the name of your mother's mother, is asked for during consultations because your mother is your passage into earth.
She is your "source". It is not the complete story to chuck it up to worries about paternity fraud.

Also, there is Okun-ọmọ-ìyá (The bond from a shared mother) and Okun-ọmọ-baba (The bond of a shared father.)

And The Bond Of a Shared Mother, is considered the stronger force
Which is why when there is too much animosity between children of the same mother, whether or not they share the same father, it is more shocking/frowned upon/unexpected, versus animosity between children of the same father with different mothers. The Bond from A Shared Mother >>
Also when appeals are made on your behalf, they are made to the Abiamo Ọdẹ Orun: The Mothers In Heaven.

No one called upon the fathers in heaven. Until Christianity came.

It is also why the Yoruba say Òrìṣà bi Ìyá kò si.

Your mother was regarded as your source and your idol
So, your mother is placed higher than your father in Yoruba spirituality, even if you look like the clone of your father & the idols of your father certified you a "child of the husband"
I hope all of you in my mentions about paternity fraud being the reason see my submissions
While the Abrahamic religions focused on the blessings of the father, if things were rough for you, they'd ask you to go visit your mother, buy her things, and ask her to bless you. What Isaac's prayer did for Jacob is what your Mother's prayers were supposed to do for you
I am not the authority on history and culture sha. But this is what I have found in my studies, academically and personal research into understanding my identity as a Yoruba person. You are very free to disagree.

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The name of many Agbo Ile has been changed because of religion. For example, I do not identify as "Ọmọ Agbo Ile Alagbaa" because Alagbaa is the name of the household idol and no longer holds sway in my own life. We have long adopted the name of a great grandfather instead
On my paternal side that is.

On my maternal side, my grand mother's agbo ile was changed to Moboluwaji. A very morden name. We don't even know what it used to be called anymore. But they became Christians and divested of the household idol, from which they named their clan
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Also in Yoruba land, you identify with the Agbo Ile of both of your parents. Which is why upon your death, your body is taken to both ancestral homes during the processional dance.
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