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Can also be spelled Afrika.
-- Anonymous User  5/4/2006
If this name was used by African-Americans than how come there is no popularity in America and only pouplarity in Spain? If you do like this name I'd say it sounds better as a middle name because it sounds like it has significance.
-- Koolgal  4/2/2007
A famous bearer is Africa Kmoendts, pronounced (moo-END-its). She isn't really known by that many people. She was some background singer for something.
-- Anonymous User  4/9/2007
Surprisingly, this name, spelled Africa or Afrika, also has origins in Scotland, where it means "pleasant" in Gaelic. [noted -ed]
-- elizabeth hamlet  4/12/2007
I think the owner of this site got Africa mixed up with Kenya. Kenya is more popular with Blacks than Africa.
-- Anonymous User  5/29/2007
No. Just no.
-- Anonymous User  7/18/2007
Naming children after countries, cities, towns, etc. usually ends up in tacky names. This name is no exception to the rule. Assuming that the parents and grandparents don't hail from Africa to begin with, it seems rather pointless to name the child after a country they have no connection with.
-- slight night shiver  4/19/2008
Africa isn't a country. I do agree however that naming your child after this continent is tacky.
-- vomiting  6/17/2009
The name Africa can also be taken from a title of the Virgin Mary, "Santa María de África." This could explain its popularity in Spain.
-- Anonymous User  6/7/2008
Name a sibling Asia while you're at it.
...Just no.
-- Kerules  4/7/2009
I cannot believe this is an Irish name! I seriously thought it came from anywhere but Ireland. The name Africa originated in Ireland?
-- kool_babe14  5/26/2009
This is pathetic as a name.
-- bananarama  7/6/2009
I actually really like this name. It sounds pretty, but I wouldn't use it, as Africa is associated with war and poverty, a reputation I really wouldn't want to "transfer" on a child. Plus, Africa wouldn't sound right on an Irish girl (like myself). Aifric would be a more natural choice for me, but Africa is a beautiful name for a girl with African heritage or a Catholic girl.
-- Ailis  7/15/2009
This name is really tacky. It has too strong of association with the continent.
-- number1212  8/27/2009
I don't think this name is tacky at all. It's a great name and I'd name my kid this, even if I'm not from Africa. Besides, if you're going to make a continent a name, Africa sounds the best.
-- bedamijo  11/6/2011
So tacky. This is worse than America. I can't wait to see this be like the #5 most popular name. Taaaacky.
-- blondieboo629  11/11/2011
About the usage of the name Africa in Spain: I'm called Africa myself simply because I was born in Equatorial Guinea (my father was working there as an engineer). Please take into account that until well-advanced the XXth Century, there were still some African territories that were Spanish colonies or dominions, so many women in Spain called Africa were so because of familial or personal links. And from a Catholic point of view, there is a Virgin of Africa (festivity: August the 5th). So there are also cultural reasons because the usage of Africa as a first name.
-- AfricaRM  3/13/2012
Sounds tacky and pathetic. I've known hundreds of black people, in my family, friends, and elsewhere, and I've never even heard of Africa as a name until I went on this site. Why would you even name your child Africa? Africa is full of poverty, wars, dictatorships, and AIDS. It also sounds like a name one of those wacky Afrocentric types would use. There are plenty of beautiful African names out there, so why not a real African name instead of sticking the kid with the name of the continent?
-- Bonquiqui  7/15/2012
The name África has a history of use in Spain. It is given on honour of Nuestra Señora de África (Our Lady of Africa), a title of the Virgin Mary. She is the patron saint of Ceuta (a small Spanish exclave in North Africa) and for this reason the name is especially common there. Her feast day is 5th August. According to Spain's Instituto Nacional de Estadística, 10814 women in Spain bear the name África and the vast majority of them are Spanish nationals, not immigrants from other countries. Over 11‰ (per mil) of women in Ceuta are called it, which is much higher permillage than in the other provinces. The compound name María (de) África also has some use. [noted -ed]
-- Anonymous User  7/24/2012
Don't forget Miriam Makeba (1932-2008), nicknamed Mama Africa.
-- AnastasiaE  9/28/2012
Why would you name your kid after Africa? Most of Africa is not exactly a good place to live due to the extreme poverty and the corrupt governments.
-- Buneary  2/28/2013
I don't know what the heck Spain is thinking. 'Africa' is not a good name for anybody, especially a Spanish person with no ties to the continent itself whatsoever.
-- Anonymous User  6/19/2013

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