African Submitted Names
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ABA f Akan
Means "born on Thursday" in Fante, a language in Ghana.
ABADIBO f & m Ijaw
Means "a person from the sea" in Ijaw.
ABAYOMI m & f Yoruba
Means "he came to bring me joy and happiness" in Yoruba.
ABERA m Ethiopian
Means "light" or "he shines". Used as both a given name and a surname.
ABIBA f Northern African
Has its origins in the Moroccan language and means "first child born after the grandmother has died."
ABOYO f Luo
Means "one who saunters" in Luo.
ABUTO f Luo
Means "I have hidden" in Luo.
ACHIKE m Igbo
It is an Igbo (West African) name, meaning "take the things of the world easy." It is used as both surname and first names.
ADAKU f Nigerian
Means "First child of a rich man." It also means "God's money."
ADANECH f Amharic
Means "She Saved" or "She Rescued" or "She Has Rescued Them".
ADDI m Northern African
Frequently used by Amazigh people (Berbers) in North Africa and by Amazigh immigrants in Europe and elsewhre.
ADEBISI f Yoruba
Of Yoruba origin, the meaning is yet unknown to me. This is the name of the (Nigerian) mother of British musician Seal Samuel.
ADEMOLA m Yoruba
Means "the crown along with wealth" or "the crown has been added to the wealth" in Yoruba.
ADENIJI m Nigerian
The name means, "my royal crown has sufficient canopy to provide shelter for several people".It is a Yoruba name that is popular in Yoruba-speaking states (Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Ogun, Kwara and Lagos) of the western part of Nigeria.It is a kingly name that is given to someone born in a royal lineage, and at his turn, may ascend the throne of his ancestors.
ADEOLA m Yoruba
Of Yoruba origin, the meaning is yet unknown to me. This is one of the middle names of British musician Seal Samuel.
ADEPERO f Nigerian, Yoruba
Means "the crown pacifies" in Yoruba. A notable bearer is Adepero Oduye (1977-), an American actress of Nigerian descent.
ADERFI m Berber (Rare)
Aderfi means ‘the released’, and gives a sense of freedom and independence.
ADESUWA f Edo
Means "in the midst of prosperity" in Edo.
ADETULE m African
Adetule is means someone born into royal families. His father is a King, His grand father is a King and great great great grand fathers are Kings. His Mother is a Queen or Princess and great great grand mothers are from royal dynaties... [more]
ADJEI m African
Used in Ghana, West Africa among Akan peoples.
ADUKE f African
A West African name from the Yoruba language. It means "much loved."
AFAFA f Ewe
Means "the first child of the second husband" in Ewe.
AFRYEA f Ewe
Meaning "born during happy times".
AGHILAS m Berber, Northern African
Means "tiger" in Central Atlas Tamazight, though it may also mean "leopard, panther" from Kabyle aɣilas
. It is mainly used in Algeria.
AIDEVO f Yoruba
Means "no one can change my destiny but God" in Yoruba.
AINOSE f & m Esan
Meaning, "No one is greater than God."
AJOUAH m & f African
African means fortunate and saturday may differ in spelling
AKETCH f Luo
Means "born during a famine" in Luo.
AKISSI f Akan
Akan feminine name meaning "born on Sunday".
AKLI m Berber, Northern African
Means "slave, prisoner, captive" in Kabyle. The term refers to the former black slaves and servants of Tuareg society.
AKOL m & f African
From Iteso in eastern uganda. Meaning nicelooking.
AKONAWE m African, Nigerian, Isoko
The name "Akonawe" meaning "Let the teeth laugh" originates from the Isoko ethnolinguistic group of the Niger Delta region of Southern Nigeria, a country located on the west coast of Africa and bothering Benin, Cameroon, Niger and Chad (via Lake Chad).
AKPOMOFA f & m Ijaw
Meaning "THE WORLD IS NOT AS YOU THINK OF IT"
AKÚ f Akan
Means "Wednesday" in Akan.
AKUNNA f Igbo
Means "father's wealth" in Igbo from aku
meaning "property, wealth" and nna
AKWA m Efik, Ibibio
Efik and Ibibio origin, meaning Elder or Senior, (akwa Owo)
ALABRAH m Ijaw
"how long"Isreali mythology
,used by the ijo speaking tribe.southern Nigeria,west africa.
ALATARI m & f Ijaw
The name can has slight differ meanings with regards to the bearer and the reason for the name.... [more]
ALEK f African
Possibly means "black spotted cow" in Dinka, a language spoken in South Sudan. This name is borne by Sudanese-British model Alek Wek.
AMADIKA f African
Is of African-Rhodesia origin and means "to be beloved".
AMADIOHA m Igbo
Amadioha is the Igbo alusi of thunder and lightening.
AMANDLA m & f Popular Culture (?), African
Xhosa and Zulu word meaning "power". Mandla, which is derived from "amandla", is also a common first name in South Africa. Amandla Stenberg is an American teen actress, and her mother chose the name after being inspired by Miles Davis' 1989 album "Amandla".
AMANYIRE f & m African, Nyoro, Tooro, Nkore, Kiga
this is a name that is given to both boys and girls. it is given to people from bunyoro, toro, ankole and to the bakiiga people. so mainly the western tribes of uganda.it means GOD KNOWS
AMARI m & f Yoruba, African American, African, Western African
A noted bearer was a Damel of Cayor, Amari Ngoné Ndella, who ruled from 1790 AD to 1809 AD. The Kingdom of Cayor was one of the largest of most powerful kingdoms in what was is now Senegal, existing from 1549 AD to 1879 AD.
AMASTAN m Berber, Northern African
Tuareg name meaning "protector, defender", derived from the Tamazight root esten
meaning "to protect, to defend".
AMAZIGH m Berber, Northern African
Derived from the Central Atlas Tamazight word ⴰⵎⴰⵣⵉⵖ (Amaziɣ)
, which is the self-designation of the Berber (Amazigh) people of North Africa. The name itself is of unknown meaning, though folk etymologies claim the meaning of "free-man", deriving from Taznatit (Gurara) aze
meaning "to be strong" and Tamasheq (a variety of Turareg) jeɣeɣ
meaning "to be brave"... [more]
AMENAGHAWON f & m Edo
Literally translated to "the water you shall drink, from the Edo proverb Amen na gha won ighi le se omwan rhae
, meaning "the water you shall drink will surely come to be", implying that what is destined to be, will be.
AMEWUSIKA f African
Used in Ghana, West Africa. Means "people are more valuable than material things" in Ewe, a Gbe language.
AMMA m African
The god of fertility and of rain among the Dagon of Mali and Sudan.
ANAISHE f & m Shona
Derived from Shona anashe
, meaning "who is with God".
ANELE m & f Zulu
This name means "be enough/sufficient/adequate."
ANUARITE f Central African
Used very rarely. Best known as the name of Congolese Blessed Maria Clementine, whose birth name was Anuarite Nengapeta.
ANYIM m Nigerian
A notable bearer is Anyim Pius Anyim, a Nigerian politician.
APAPA m Ijaw
ijaw meaning "Groundnut" named after apapa groundnut sea port in Lagos