African Submitted Names
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Means "born on Thursday" in Akan.
ABAYOMIm & fYoruba
Means "he came to bring me joy and happiness" in Yoruba.
Means "light" or "he shines". Used as both a given name and a surname.
Has its origins in the Moroccan language and means "first child born after the grandmother has died."
Means "one who saunters" in Luo.
Means "take the things of the world easy" in Igbo.
Means "First child of a rich man." It also means "God's money."
Means "She Saved" or "She Rescued" or "She Has Rescued Them".
Frequently used by Amazigh people (Berbers) in North Africa and by Amazigh immigrants in Europe and elsewhre.
Of Yoruba origin, the meaning is yet unknown to me. This is the name of the (Nigerian) mother of British musician Seal Samuel.
Means "the crown along with wealth" or "the crown has been added to the wealth" in Yoruba.
Of Yoruba origin, the meaning is yet unknown to me. This is one of the middle names of British musician Seal Samuel.
Means "the crown pacifies" in Yoruba. A notable bearer is Adepero Oduye (1977-), an American actress of Nigerian descent.
Aderfi means ‘the released’, and gives a sense of freedom and independence.
Means "in the midst of prosperity" in Edo.
Means "one (people) struggle(d) to care for" in Yoruba.
Means "the first child of the second husband" in Ewe.
Means "born during happy times" in Ewe.
AGHILASmBerber, Northern African
Means "tiger" in Central Atlas Tamazight, though it may also mean "leopard, panther" from Kabyle aɣilas
. It is mainly used in Algeria.
Means "no one can change my destiny but God" in Yoruba.
AINOSEf & mEsan
Means "no one is greater than God" in Esan.
AJOUAHm & fAfrican
African means fortunate and saturday may differ in spelling
Means "born during a famine" in Luo.
AKLImBerber, Northern African
Means "slave, prisoner, captive" in Kabyle. The term refers to the former black slaves and servants of Tuareg society.
AKOLm & fAfrican
From Iteso in eastern uganda. Meaning nicelooking.
AKONAWEmAfrican, 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).
AKPOMOFAf & mIjaw
Meaning "THE WORLD IS NOT AS YOU THINK OF IT"
Means "father's wealth" in Igbo, from aku
meaning "property, wealth" and nna
Efik and Ibibio origin, meaning Elder or Senior, (akwa Owo)
"how long"Isreali mythology
,used by the ijo speaking tribe.southern Nigeria,west africa.
ALATARIm & fIjaw
The name can has slight differ meanings with regards to the bearer and the reason for the name.... [more]
Possibly means "black spotted cow" in Dinka, a language spoken in South Sudan. This name is borne by Sudanese-British model Alek Wek.
Is of African-Rhodesia origin and means "to be beloved".
Amadioha is the Igbo alusi of thunder and lightening.
AMANDLAm & fPopular 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".
AMANYIREf & mAfrican, 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
AMARIm & fYoruba, 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.
AMASTANmBerber, Northern African
Tuareg name meaning "protector, defender", derived from the Tamazight root esten
meaning "to protect, to defend".
AMAZIGHmBerber, 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]
AMENAGHAWONf & mEdo
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.
Used in Ghana, West Africa. Means "people are more valuable than material things" in Ewe, a Gbe language.
The god of fertility and of rain among the Dagon of Mali and Sudan.
ANAISHEf & mShona
Derived from Shona anashe
, meaning "who is with God".
ANELEm & fZulu
Means "be enough; be sufficient; be adequate" in Zulu.
A notable bearer is Anyim Pius Anyim, a Nigerian politician.
ijaw meaning "Groundnut" named after apapa groundnut sea port in Lagos
Girl born on a Tuesday, in Akan. (Same as Abena)
of Efik Origin, originally pronounced asibong but changed by the british to Archibong, meaning Kings Father, Kings Friend, (amasi Obong)