Southern African Names

Southern African names include those from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. See also about African names.
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ALINAFE   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "he is with us" in Chewa.
AMAHLE   m & f   Southern African, Zulu
Means "the beautiful ones" in Zulu.
ANDILE   m & f   Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "they have increased" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
AYANDA   m & f   Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "they are increasing" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
BANDILE   m & f   Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "they have increased" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
BOIPELO   m & f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "proud" in Tswana.
BOITUMELO   f & m   Southern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana.
BONGANI   m   Southern African, Zulu
Means "grateful, thankful" in Zulu.
BONOLO   f   Southern African, Sotho
Means "ease" in Sotho.
BUHLE   f & m   Southern African, Xhosa, Ndebele
From Xhosa and Ndebele buhle "beautiful, handsome", from the root hle.
CHARLIZE   f   Southern African, Afrikaans
Feminine form of CHARLES using the popular Afrikaans name suffix ize. This name was popularized by South African actress Charlize Theron (1975-), who was named after her father Charles.
CHIFUNDO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "mercy" in Chewa.
CHIFUNIRO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "will, wish" in Chewa.
CHIKONDI   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "love" in Chewa.
CHIKUMBUTSO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "memory" in Chewa.
CHIMWEMWE   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "joy, pleasure" in Chewa.
CHIPO   f   Southern African, Shona
Means "gift" in Shona.
CHISOMO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "grace" in Chewa.
CHIYEMBEKEZO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "hope" in Chewa.
CHRIZANNE   f   Southern African, Afrikaans
Combination of CHRISTINE and ANNE (1) used in South Africa.
DAKARAI   m   Southern African, Shona
Means "rejoice" in Shona.
DALITSO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "blessing" in Chewa.
DIKELEDI   f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "tears" in Tswana.
DUMISANI   m   Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "praise" in Zulu and Ndebele.
FARAI   m & f   Southern African, Shona
Means "rejoice" in Shona.
FATSANI   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "be meek" in Chewa.
FUNGAI   m & f   Southern African, Shona
Means "think" in Shona.
GANIZANI   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "think" in Chewa.
GUGULETHU   f   Southern African, Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele
From Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele igugu "treasure, pride" and lethu "our".
HLENGIWE   f   Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Swazi
Means "helped, rescued, redeemed" in Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi.
ITUMELENG   m & f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana.
KABELO   m   Southern African, Sotho
Means "given" in Sotho.
KAGISO   m & f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "peace" in Tswana.
KATLEGO   m & f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "success" in Tswana.
KATLEHO   m   Southern African, Sotho
Means "success" in Sotho.
KEFILWE   m & f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "I was given" in Tswana.
KGOSI   m   Southern African, Tswana
Means "king, chief" in Tswana.
KONDWANI   m & f   Southern African, Chewa, Tumbuka
Means "be happy, rejoice" in Chewa and Tumbuka.
KUMBUKANI   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "remember" in Chewa.
LERATO   f   Southern African, Sotho
Means "love" in Sotho.
LESEDI   f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "light" in Tswana.
LIMBANI   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "be strong" in Chewa.
LIMBIKANI   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "work hard" in Chewa.
LINDIWE   f   Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Swazi
Means "waited for, awaited" in Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi.
LUNGILE   f & m   Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "correct, right, good" in Zulu and Ndebele.
MADALITSO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "blessings" in Chewa.
MANDLA   m   Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "strength, power" in Zulu and Ndebele.
MANDLENKOSI   m   Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
From Zulu and Ndebele amandla "strength, power" and inkosi "king, chief".
MANYARA   f   Southern African, Shona
Means "you have been humbled" in Shona.
MARIETJIE   f   Southern African, Afrikaans
Afrikaans diminutive of MARIA.
MASEGO   f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "blessings" in Tswana.
MASOZI   m & f   Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "tears" in Tumbuka.
MAVUTO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "troubles, problems" in Chewa.
MAYAMIKO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "praise, gratitude" in Chewa.
MAYESO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "test (from God)" in Chewa.
MBALENHLE   f   Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu imbali "flower" and hle "beautiful".
MBALI   f   Southern African, Zulu
Means "flower" in Zulu.
MELISIZWE   m   Southern African, Xhosa
Means "leader of the nation" in Xhosa.
MINENHLE   f & m   Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu imini "day" and hle "beautiful".
MPHATSO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "gift" in Chewa.
MPHO   m & f   Southern African, Tswana, Sotho
Means "gift" in Tswana and Sotho, a derivative of fa "to offer".
MTENDERE   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "peace" in Chewa.
MUDIWA   f & m   Southern African, Shona
Means "beloved" in Shona.
MUNASHE   m & f   Southern African, Shona
Means "with God" in Shona.
NEO (1)   f & m   Southern African, Tswana
Means "gift" in Tswana, a derivative of naya "to give".
NKOSANA   m   Southern African, Xhosa
Means "prince" in Xhosa.
NKOSAZANA   f   Southern African, Xhosa
Means "princess" in Xhosa.
NOMUSA   f   Southern African, Ndebele
Means "merciful" in Ndebele.
NONHLE   f   Southern African, Xhosa
From the Xhosa feminine prefix no- combined with hle "beautiful".
NONTLE   f   Southern African, Xhosa
Variant of NONHLE.
NOSIPHO   f   Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa
From the Zulu and Xhosa feminine prefix no- combined with isipho "gift".
NOSIZWE   f   Southern African, Xhosa
From the Xhosa feminine prefix no- combined with isizwe "nation".
NOXOLO   f   Southern African, Xhosa, Ndebele
From the Xhosa and Ndebele feminine prefix no- combined with uxolo "peace".
NTHANDA   m & f   Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "star" in Tumbuka.
NTOMBI   f   Southern African, Zulu
Means "girl" in Zulu.
NTOMBIFUTHI   f   Southern African, Zulu
Means "a girl again" in Zulu.
NTOMBIZODWA   f   Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "only girls", from Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele intombi "girl" and zodwa "only".
NYARAI   f   Southern African, Shona
Means "be humble" in Shona.
PALESA   f   Southern African, Sotho
Means "flower" in Sotho.
PEMPHERO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "prayer" in Chewa.
PENJANI   m & f   Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "seek for, look for" in Tumbuka.
PILIRANI   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "persevere, endure" in Chewa.
PULENG   f   Southern African, Sotho
Means "in the rain" in Sotho.
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.
SANDILE   m   Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "we increased" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
SEKAI   f   Southern African, Shona
Means "be humourous" in Shona.
SEKANI   m   Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "laugh" in Tumbuka.
SETHUNYA   f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "bloom, flower" in Tswana.
SIBONAKALISO   m & f   Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu isibonakaliso meaning "sign, token, proof".
SIBONGILE   f   Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "we are thankful" in Zulu and Ndebele.
SIBUSISIWE   f   Southern African, Ndebele
Means "we are blessed" in Ndebele.
SIBUSISO   m   Southern African, Zulu, Swazi, Ndebele
Means "blessed" in Zulu, Swazi and Ndebele.
SIFISO   m   Southern African, Zulu
Means "wish" in Zulu.
SIMBA (1)   m   Southern African, Shona
Means "strength" in Shona.
SIPHO   m   Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "gift" from Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele isipho.
SITHEMBILE   f & m   Southern African, Zulu
Means "we trust" in Zulu.
SIYABONGA   m   Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "we thank you" in Zulu and Ndebele.
SIZWE   m   Southern African, Xhosa
Means "nation" in Xhosa.
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.
TAKONDWA   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "we are glad" in Chewa.
TAMANDANI   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "we have exalted" in Chewa.
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).
TEBOHO   m   Southern African, Sotho
Means "gratitude" in Sotho.
TENDAI   m & f   Southern African, Shona
Means "be thankful" in Shona.
THABANI   m   Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "be happy" in Zulu and Ndebele.
THABO   m   Southern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana.
THANDEKA   f   Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "loved" in Zulu and Ndebele.
THANDIWE   f   Southern African, Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "loving one" in Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele, from thanda "to love".
THANDO   m & f   Southern African, Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele
From Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele thanda meaning "to love".
THEMBA   m   Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "trust, hope" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
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 peaceful" in Zulu.
THULILE   f   Southern African, Zulu
Means "quiet, peaceful" in Zulu.
TICHAONA   m   Southern African, Shona
Means "we will see" in Shona.
TINASHE   m & f   Southern African, Shona
Means "we are with God", from Shona ti "we", na "with", and ishe "lord, God".
TIONGE   f & m   Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "let us be thankful" in Tumbuka.
TIYAMIKE   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "we praise" in Chewa.
TJAART   m   Southern African, Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of TJAARD.
TSHOLOFELO   f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "hope, expectation" in Tswana.
TUMELO   m & f   Southern African, Sotho, Tswana
Means "faith" in Sotho and Tswana.
UNATHI   m & f   Southern African, Xhosa
Means "he or she is with us" in Xhosa, from the prefix u- meaning "he, she" and nathi meaning "with us".
WANANGWA   m & f   Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "freedom" in Tumbuka.
XOLANI   m   Southern African, Zulu
Means "peace" in Zulu.
YAMIKANI   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "be grateful, praise" in Chewa.
ZEPHANIA   m   Southern African
Variant of ZEPHANIAH. This form of the name appears to be used in southern Africa.
ZIKOMO   m   Southern African, Chewa
Means "thank you" in Chewa.
ZOLA (2)   f   Southern African, Zulu
Means "quiet, tranquil" in Zulu.
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