Western African Names

Western African names include those from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. See also about African names.
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ABENAfWestern African, Akan
Means "born on Tuesday" in Akan.
ABENIfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "we asked for her, and behold, we got her" in Yoruba.
ABIDEMImWestern African, Yoruba
Means "born during father's absence" in Yoruba.
ABIMBOLAm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "born wealthy" in Yoruba.
ABIODUNm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "born on a festival" in Yoruba.
ABIOYEmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "born into royalty" in Yoruba.
ABOUBACARmWestern African, Wolof, Serer, Fula
Form of ABU BAKR used in western Africa.
ABUBAKARmWestern African, Hausa, Fula
Form of ABU BAKR used in Nigeria.
ADAEZEfWestern African, Igbo
Means "king's daughter" in Igbo.
ADANNAfWestern African, Igbo
Means "father's daughter" in Igbo.
ADANNAYAfWestern African, Igbo
Means "her father's daughter" in Igbo.
ADE (1)m & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "crown" in Yoruba, also a short form of other Yoruba names beginning with this element.
ADEBAYOmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "the crown meets joy" in Yoruba.
ADEBOLAm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "the crown has met wealth" in Yoruba.
ADEBOWALEm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "the crown has come home" in Yoruba.
ADEDAYOm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "the crown becomes joy" in Yoruba.
ADEGOKEmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "the crown has been exalted" in Yoruba.
ADETOKUNBOm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "the crown came from over the sea" in Yoruba.
ADISAmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "one who is clear" in Yoruba.
ADWOAfWestern African, Akan
Means "born on Monday" in Akan.
AFOLABImWestern African, Yoruba
Means "born into wealth" in Yoruba.
AFUAfWestern African, Akan
Means "born on Friday" in Akan.
AKACHIm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "the hand of God" in Igbo.
AKOSUAfWestern African, Akan
Means "born on Sunday" in Akan.
AKPANmWestern African, Ibibio
Means "first-born son" in Ibibio.
AKPOFUREm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Means "life is peaceful" in Urhobo.
AKUAfWestern African, Akan
Means "born on Wednesday" in Akan.
AKUCHIm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "wealth from God" in Igbo.
ALABAfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "second child after twins" in Yoruba.
ALHAJImWestern African, Hausa
Means "pilgrim" in Hausa, a derivative of Arabic حَجِّي (hajji) meaning "pilgrimage, hajj".
ALHERIfWestern African, Hausa
Means "grace" in Hausa.
AMAfWestern African, Akan
Means "born on Saturday" in Akan.
AMADI (1)mWestern African, Igbo
Means "free man" in Igbo.
AMADI (2)mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "seemed destined to die at birth" in Yoruba.
AMADOUmWestern African, Wolof, Serer, Fula, Manding
Form of AHMAD used in parts of western Africa.
AMARAfWestern African, Igbo
Means "grace" in Igbo.
AMARACHIfWestern African, Igbo
Means "God's grace" in Igbo.
ANAN (1)m & fWestern African, Akan
Means "fourth born child" in Akan.
AÑULIfWestern African, Igbo
Means "joy" in Igbo.
AWOTWIm & fWestern African, Akan
Means "eighth born child" in Akan.
AYOf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "joy" in Yoruba, or a short form of names containing that element.
AYODELEm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "joy has come home" in Yoruba.
AYOKUNLEmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "joy has filled the home" in Yoruba.
AYOMIDEf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "my joy has arrived" in Yoruba.
AYOTUNDEm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "joy has returned" in Yoruba.
AZUBUIKEmWestern African, Igbo
Means "the past is your strength" or "your back is your strength" in Igbo.
BAAKOm & fWestern African, Akan
Means "first born child" in Akan.
BABAJIDEmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "father has returned" in Yoruba.
BABATUNDEmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "father has returned" in Yoruba.
BAMIDELEmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "follow me home" in Yoruba.
BERKOmWestern African, Akan
Means "first born" in Akan.
BOLANLEfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "finds wealth at home" in Yoruba.
BOSEDEfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "born on Sunday" in Yoruba.
CHI (2)m & fMythology, Western African, Igbo
Means "god, spirtual being" in Igbo, referring to the personal spiritual guardian that each person is believed to have. Christian Igbo people use it as a name for the personal Christian god. This can also be a short form of the many Igbo names that begin with this element.
CHIAMAKAfWestern African, Igbo
Means "God is beautiful" in Igbo.
CHIBUEZEm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "God is the king" in Igbo.
CHIBUIKEm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "God is strength" in Igbo.
CHIBUZOm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "God leads the way" in Igbo.
CHICHIfWestern African, Igbo
Diminutive of Igbo names beginning with the element Chi meaning "God".
CHIDIm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "God exists" in Igbo. It is also a short form of Igbo names beginning with Chidi.
CHIDIEBEREm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "God is merciful" in Igbo.
CHIDIEBUBEm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "God is glorious" in Igbo.
CHIDIEGWUm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "God is wonderful" in Igbo.
CHIDIKEmWestern African, Igbo
Means "God is strong" in Igbo.
CHIDIMMAfWestern African, Igbo
Means "God is good" in Igbo.
CHIDUBEMmWestern African, Igbo
Means "guided by God" in Igbo.
CHIEMEKAmWestern African, Igbo
Means "God has performed great deeds" in Igbo.
CHIJINDUMm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "God holds my life" in Igbo.
CHIKA (1)fWestern African, Igbo
Means "God is the greatest" in Igbo.
CHIKEm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "God's power" in Igbo.
CHIKEREm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "God created" in Igbo.
CHIMAmWestern African, Igbo
Means "God knows" in Igbo.
CHINASAf & mWestern African, Igbo
Means "God answers" in Igbo.
CHINEDUm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "God leads" in Igbo.
CHINONSOm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "God is nearby" in Igbo.
CHINWEm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "God owns" in Igbo. It is also a short form of Igbo names beginning with Chinwe.
CHINWEIKEm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "God owns power" in Igbo.
CHINWENDUm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "God owns life" in Igbo.
CHINWEUBAm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "God owns wealth" in Igbo.
CHINYEREfWestern African, Igbo
Means "God gave" in Igbo.
CHIOMAf & mWestern African, Igbo
Means "good God" in Igbo.
CHIZOBAm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "God protect us" in Igbo.
CHUKSmWestern African, Igbo
Diminutive of Igbo names beginning with the element Chukwu meaning "God".
CHUKWUDImWestern African, Igbo
Variant of CHIDI, using Chukwu as the first element, which is the extended form of Chi meaning "God".
CHUKWUEMEKAmWestern African, Igbo
Means "God has done something great" in Igbo.
CHUKWUMAmWestern African, Igbo
Variant of CHIMA, using Chukwu as the first element, which is the extended form of Chi meaning "God".
DADAfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "curly hair" in Yoruba.
DAYOm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "joy arrives" in Yoruba.
DUBAKUm & fWestern African, Akan
Means "eleventh born child" in Akan.
EBELEfWestern African, Igbo
Means "mercy, kindness" in Igbo.
EFE (2)m & fWestern African, Urhobo
Short form of EFEMENA or other names containing efe "wealth".
EFEMENAm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Means "here is my wealth" in Urhobo.
EJIROm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Short form of EJIROGHENE or other names containing ejiro "praise".
EJIROGHENEm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Means "praise God" in Urhobo.
EKENEm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "praise, thanks" in Igbo.
EKENEDILICHUKWUm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "all praise to God" in Igbo.
EKUNDAYOf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "sorrow becomes joy" in Yoruba.
EKWUEMEmWestern African, Igbo
Means "he says, he does" in Igbo.
EMEKAmWestern African, Igbo
Means "great deeds" in Igbo. It also functions as a short form of CHUKWUEMEKA.
EMEMm & fWestern African, Ibibio
Means "peace" in Ibibio.
ENIOLAf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "person of wealth" in Yoruba.
ENITANm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "person with a story, storied person" in Yoruba.
ENUm & fWestern African, Akan
Means "fifth born child" in Akan.
ENYINNAYAmWestern African, Igbo
Means "his father's friend" in Igbo.
ENYONAMfWestern African, Ewe
Means "it is good for me" in Ewe.
ESEOGHENEm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Means "God's gift" in Urhobo.
ESIfWestern African, Akan
Means "born on Sunday" in Akan.
FATIMATOUfWestern African, Manding, Wolof, Serer
Form of FATIMAH used in parts of western Africa.
FOLAMIm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "respect and honour me" in Yoruba.
FUMNANYAf & mWestern African, Igbo
Means "love me" in Igbo.
FUNANYAfWestern African, Igbo
Means "love" in Igbo.
GBEMISOLAfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "carry me into wealth" in Yoruba.
IBRAHIMAmWestern African, Fula, Serer, Wolof
Form of IBRAHIM used in parts of western Africa.
IDOWUm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "born after twins" in Yoruba.
IFEfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "love" in Yoruba.
IFIOKm & fWestern African, Ibibio
Means "wisdom" in Ibibio.
IGEfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "born feet first" in Yoruba.
IKENNAmWestern African, Igbo
Means "father's power" in Igbo.
IME (1)m & fWestern African, Ibibio
Means "patience" in Ibibio.
INIOBONGm & fWestern African, Ibibio
Means "God's time" in Ibibio.
INYENEm & fWestern African, Ibibio
Means "wealth" in Ibibio.
ITOROm & fWestern African, Ibibio
Means "praise, glory" in Ibibio.
JATAUmWestern African, Hausa
Means "fair-coloured, light" in Hausa.
KAYIN (1)m & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "celebrated child" in Yoruba.
KAYODEmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "he brought joy" in Yoruba.
KOFImWestern African, Akan
Means "born on Friday" in Akan.
KUNTOfWestern African, Akan
Means "third child" in Akan.
KWABENAmWestern African, Akan
Means "born on Tuesday" in Akan.
KWADWOmWestern African, Akan
Means "born on Monday" in Akan.
KWAKUmWestern African, Akan
Means "born on Wednesday" in Akan.
KWAMEmWestern African, Akan
Means "born on Saturday" in Akan.
KWASImWestern African, Akan
Means "born on Sunday" in Akan.
KYAUTAmWestern African, Hausa
Means "gift" in Hausa.
LUMUSIfWestern African, Ewe
Means "born face down" in Ewe.
MAMADOUmWestern African, Wolof, Serer, Fula, Manding
Form of MUHAMMAD used in western Africa.
MAWULImWestern African, Ewe
Means "God lives" in Ewe.
MAWUNYOm & fWestern African, Ewe
Means "God is good" in Ewe.
MOJISOLAfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "wake up to wealth" in Yoruba.
MONIFAfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "I am lucky" in Yoruba.
MUHAMMADUmWestern African, Hausa, Fula
Hausa and Fula form of MUHAMMAD.
NDIDIm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "patience" in Igbo.
NGOZIf & mWestern African, Igbo
Means "blessing" in Igbo.
NKECHINYEREfWestern African, Igbo
Means "what God has given" or "gift of God" in Igbo.
NKEMDILIMm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "let mine be mine" in Igbo.
NKIRUKAfWestern African, Igbo
Means "the best is still to come" in Igbo.
NKRUMAm & fWestern African, Akan
Means "ninth born child" in Akan.
NNAMDImWestern African, Igbo
Means "my father is alive" in Igbo. This name is given to a child when it is believed that he is a reincarnation of his grandfather.
NNEKAfWestern African, Igbo
Means "my mother is supreme" in Igbo.
NNENNAfWestern African, Igbo
Means "father's mother" in Igbo. This name is sometimes given to a child when it is believed that she is a reincarnation of her paternal grandmother.
NNENNEfWestern African, Igbo
Means "mother's mother" in Igbo. This name is sometimes given to a child when it is believed that she is a reincarnation of her maternal grandmother.
NSIAm & fWestern African, Akan
Means "sixth born child" in Akan.
NSONOWAm & fWestern African, Akan
Means "seventh born child" in Akan.
NWANNEKAfWestern African, Igbo
Means "my siblings are supreme" in Igbo.
OBImWestern African, Igbo
Means "heart" in Igbo.
OGECHUKWUKAMAfWestern African, Igbo
Means "God's time is the best" in Igbo.
OGHENEKAROm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Means "God first" in Urhobo.
OGHENEKEVWEm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Means "God provided for me" in Urhobo.
OGHENEROm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Means "God exists" in Urhobo.
OKAFORmWestern African, Igbo
Means "born on Afor" in Igbo, Afor being one of the days of the Igbo week.
OKEKEmWestern African, Igbo
Means "born on Eke" in Igbo, Eke being one of the days of the Igbo week.
OKONKWOmWestern African, Igbo
Means "born on Nkwo" in Igbo, Nkwo being one of the days of the Igbo week.
OKORIEmWestern African, Igbo
Means "born on Orie" in Igbo, Orie being one of the days of the Igbo week.
OKOROmWestern African, Urhobo
Means "man" in Urhobo.
OLABODEmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "wealth returns" in Yoruba.
OLAMIDEm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "my wealth has arrived" in Yoruba.
OLAMILEKANmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "my wealth is increased" in Yoruba.
OLANREWAJUmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "my wealth is the future" or "my wealth is moving forward" in Yoruba.
OLAYINKAfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "wealth surrounds me" in Yoruba.
OLUBUNMIfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "gift of God" in Yoruba.
OLUCHIm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "God's work" in Igbo.
OLUFEMImWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God loves me" in Yoruba.
OLUFUNKEm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God has cared for" in Yoruba.
OLUFUNMILAYOf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God gave me joy" in Yoruba.
OLUFUNMILOLAf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God gives me wealth" in Yoruba.
OLUJIMImWestern African, Yoruba
Means "given by God" in Yoruba.
OLUKAYODEmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God brings happiness" in Yoruba.
OLUMIDEmWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God has come" in Yoruba.
OLUWAKANYINSOLAm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God has added sweetness to my wealth" in Yoruba.
OLUWASEGUNm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God has been victorious" in Yoruba.
OLUWASEUNm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "we thank God" in Yoruba.
OLUWASEYIf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God made this" in Yoruba.
OLUWATOYINm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God is worthy to be praised" in Yoruba.
OLUWAYEMISIf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "God honours me" in Yoruba.
OMOBOLANLEf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "a child who met wealth at home" in Yoruba.
OMOLARAfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "a child is family" in Yoruba.
ONIfWestern African, Yoruba
Possibly means "born in sacred abode" in Yoruba.
ONYEKACHIf & mWestern African, Igbo
Means "who is greater than God?" in Igbo.
ONYEKACHUKWUm & fWestern African, Igbo
Variant of ONYEKACHI, using Chukwu as the last element, which is the extended form of Chi meaning "God".
OPEYEMIm & fWestern African, Yoruba
Means "I should give praise" in Yoruba.
OTOBONGm & fWestern African, Ibibio
Means "from God" in Ibibio.
OYIBOm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Means "white" in Urhobo.
SEYDOUmWestern African, Manding, Fula, Wolof, Serer
Form of SA'ID used in parts of western Africa.
SIMISOLAfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "rest in wealth" in Yoruba.
TEMITOPEf & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means "enough to give thanks" in Yoruba.
THEMAfWestern African, Akan
Means "queen" in Akan.
TITILAYOfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "eternal happiness" in Yoruba.
UDO (2)f & mWestern African, Igbo
Means "peace" in Igbo.
UDUAKm & fWestern African, Ibibio
Means "will, desire" in Ibibio.
UDUAKOBONGm & fWestern African, Ibibio
Means "God's will" in Ibibio.
UFUOMAm & fWestern African, Urhobo
Means "peace of mind" in Urhobo.
UMUKOROmWestern African, Urhobo
Means "young man" in Urhobo.
UZOCHImWestern African, Igbo
Means "God's way" in Igbo.
UZOMAm & fWestern African, Igbo
Means "good way" in Igbo.
YAAfWestern African, Akan
Means "born on Thursday" in Akan.
YAOmWestern African, Ewe
Means "born on Thursday" in Ewe.
YAWmWestern African, Akan
Means "born on Thursday" in Akan.
YEJIDEfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "image of the mother" in Yoruba.
YETUNDEfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "mother has returned" in Yoruba.
YEWANDEfWestern African, Yoruba
Means "mother has returned" in Yoruba.