African Names

African names are used in various places on the continent of Africa. See also about African names.
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OPEYEMI   m & f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "I should give praise" in Yoruba.
OTIENO   m   Eastern African, Luo
Means "born at night" in Luo.
OYIBO   m & f   Western African, Urhobo
Means "white" in Urhobo.
PAKI   m   Southern African, Xhosa
Means "witness" in Xhosa.
PEMPHERO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "prayer" in Chewa.
PILIRANI   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "persevere, endure" in Chewa.
REFILWE   m & f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "we were given" in Tswana.
RUDO   m & f   Southern African, Shona
Means "love" in Shona.
RUFARO   f   Southern African, Shona
Means "happiness" in Shona.
RUMBIDZAI   f   Southern African, Shona
Means "praise" in Shona.
RUTENDO   f & m   Southern African, Shona
Means "faith" in Shona.
SANAA (2)   f   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "artwork" in Swahili.
SAUDA   f   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "dark complexion" in Swahili.
SEBLE   f   Eastern African, Amharic
Means "harvest" in Amharic.
SEFU   m   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "sword" in Swahili, ultimately from Arabic سيف (sayf).
SEKAI   f   Southern African, Shona
Means "be humourous" in Shona.
SETHUNYA   f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "bloom, flower" in Tswana.
SIBONAKALISO   f   Southern African, Zulu
Means "sign" in Zulu.
SIMBA (1)   m   Southern African, Shona
Means "strength" in Shona.
SIMBA (2)   m   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "lion" in Swahili. This is the name of the main character in the Disney movie 'The Lion King' (1994), about a lion cub who exiles himself after his father is murdered.
SIMISOLA   f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "rest in wealth" in Yoruba.
SIPHO   m   Southern African, Xhosa
Means "gift" in Xhosa.
SITHEMBILE   f & m   Southern African, Zulu
Means "we trust" in Zulu.
SIZWE   m   Southern African, Xhosa
Means "nation" in Xhosa.
SSANYU   f   Eastern African, Ganda
Means "joy" in Luganda.
SUBIRA   f   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "patience" in Swahili.
TADALA   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "we have been blessed" in Chewa.
TAFADZWA   m & f   Southern African, Shona
Means "we are pleased" in Shona.
TAFARI   m   Eastern African, Amharic
Possibly means "he who inspires awe" in Amharic. This name was borne by Lij Tafari Makonnen (1892-1975), also known as Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia. Rastafarians (Ras Tafari meaning "king Tafari") revere him as the earthly incarnation of God.
TAJEDDIGT   f   Northern African, Berber
Means "flower" in Tamazight.
TAKONDWA   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "we are glad" in Chewa.
TAMANDANI   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "we have exalted" in Chewa.
TAMRAT   m   Eastern African, Amharic
Means "miracle" in Amharic.
TAONGA   f & m   Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "we are thankful" in Tumbuka.
TAPIWA   f   Southern African, Shona
Means "given" in Shona.
TARIRO   f   Southern African, Shona
Means "hope" in Shona.
TATENDA   m & f   Southern African, Shona
Means "thank you" in Shona.
TAU   m   Southern African, Tswana, Sotho
Means "lion" in Tswana and Sotho. Tau was the name of the last ruler of the Rolong in South Africa (18th century).
TEMITOPE   f & m   Western African, Yoruba
Means "enough to give thanks" in Yoruba.
TENDAI   m & f   Southern African, Shona
Means "be thankful" in Shona.
TENDAJI   m   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "makes things happen" in Swahili.
TEWODROS   m   Eastern African, Amharic
Amharic form of THEODORE.
THABO   m   Southern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana.
THANDIWE   f   Southern African, Xhosa
Means "loving one" in Xhosa.
THEMA   f   Western African, Akan
Means "queen" in Akan.
THEMBA   m & f   Southern African, Zulu
Means "trust" in Zulu.
THOKO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Short form of THOKOZANI.
THOKOZANI   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "thank" in Chewa.
THULANI   m   Southern African, Zulu
Means "be quiet, be comforted" in Zulu.
THULILE   f   Southern African, Zulu
Means "is quiet" in Zulu.
TICHAONA   m   Southern African, Shona
Means "we will see" in Shona.
TIDIR   f   Northern African, Berber
Feminine form of IDIR.
TIFAWT   f   Northern African, Berber
Means "light" in Tamazight.
TINASHE   m & f   Southern African, Shona
Means "God is with us" in Shona.
TITILAYO   f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "eternal happiness" in Yoruba.
TITRIT   f   Northern African, Berber
Feminine form of ITRI.
TIYAMIKE   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "we praise" in Chewa.
TSHOLOFELO   f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "hope, expectation" in Tswana.
TUMELO   m & f   Southern African, Sotho, Tswana
Means "faith" in Sotho and Tswana.
UDO (2)   f & m   Western African, Igbo
Means "peace" in Igbo.
UDUAK   m & f   Western African, Ibibio
Means "will, desire" in Ibibio.
UFUOMA   m & f   Western African, Urhobo
Means "peace of mind" in Urhobo.
UMUKORO   m   Western African, Urhobo
Means "young man" in Urhobo.
UNATHI   m & f   Southern African, Xhosa
Means "God is with us" in Xhosa.
UZOCHI   m   Western African, Igbo
Means "God's way" in Igbo.
UZOMA   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Means "good way" in Igbo.
WASSWA   m   Eastern African, Ganda
Means "first of twins" in Luganda.
WEKESA   m   Eastern African, Luhya
Means "born during harvest" in Luhya.
WERKNESH   f   Eastern African, Amharic
Means "you are gold" in Amharic.
WORKNESH   f   Eastern African, Amharic
Possibly means "you are like gold" in Amharic.
XOLANI   m   Southern African, Zulu
Means "peace" in Zulu.
YAA   f   Western African, Akan
Means "born on Thursday" in Akan.
YAMIKANI   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "be grateful, praise" in Chewa.
YARED   m   Biblical Hebrew, Eastern African, Ethiopian
Hebrew form of JARED. This form is also used in Ethiopia. It was borne by a semi-legendary 6th-century Ethiopian musician who is considered a saint in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
YAW   m   Western African, Akan
Means "born on Thursday" in Akan.
YEJIDE   f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "image of the mother" in Yoruba.
YEWANDE   f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "mother has returned" in Yoruba.
ZEPHANIA   m   Southern African
Variant of ZEPHANIAH. This name appears to be used in southern Africa.
ZOLA (2)   f   Southern African, Zulu
Means "quiet, tranquil" in Zulu.
ZUBERI   m   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "strong" in Swahili.
ZURI   f   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "beautiful" in Swahili.
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