African Submitted Names
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
AADEN m Somali
Somali form of the name Adam. This name is quite common as a first name among Somali males and as a middle and last name among Somalis.
ABA f Akan
Means "born on Thursday" in Fante, a language in Ghana.
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."
ABISO m Yoruba
A Yoruba word meaning "given" or "acquired".
ABOYO f Luo
Luo feminine name meaning "one who saunters".
ABUNGU f Luo
Luo feminine name meaning "of the forest".
ABUTO f Luo
Luo feminine name meaning "I have hidden".
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.
ADEDE f Luo
Luo feminine name meaning "grasshopper".
ADEFUNKE f Western African, Yoruba
Means "The King Gives Me This Child To Spoil" or "Princess". The name originates from the Yoruba tribe in West Africa.
ADEMUREWA f & m Yoruba
A name popular with the Royal family of the Yoruba origin in Nigeria, Africa. It means the crown that brings good fortune.
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.
ADESINA f Yoruba, African
Language of origin is African-Yoruba and is predominantly used in African and Yoruban. Means "the coming of the baby has opened the way (for more children)".
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]
ADETUTU f & m African, Yoruba
means 'cold crown'. if a any of your grandparents die before you are born then that is the name you are given.
ADEWALE m African, Yoruba
A variant of ADEBOWALE
. It means "the crown has come home" in Yoruba. A famous bearer is British actor/fashion model Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
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
Meaning "the first child of the second husband".
AFRYEA f Ewe
Meaning "born during happy times".
AGWANG f Luo
Luo feminine name meaning "wolf".
AINOSE f & m Esan
Meaning, "No one is greater than God."
AIYEMIDAYO f Yoruba
"My world/life has turned to joy" OR "My world/life has become joyful/delightful".
AJOUAH m & f African
African means fortunate and saturday may differ in spelling
AJUOGA f Luo
Luo feminine name meaning "doctor".
AKETCH f Luo
Luo feminine name meaning "born during a famine".
AKISSI f Akan
Akan feminine name meaning "born on Sunday".
AKLI m Berber, Northern African
Algerian Kabyle name meaning "slave", the singular form of Tamazight iklen
meaning "slaves". The term refers to the former black slaves and servants of the Tuareg Berber 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).
AKPAN m Ibibio, Nigerian
It means the first son of a family and it originates from the ibibio speaking tribe in the south south region of Nigeria in west Afica
AKPOMOFA f & m Ijaw
Meaning "THE WORLD IS NOT AS YOU THINK OF IT"
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)
AKYEAMPONG m African
Akan name from Ghana. It means the one who gives birth to princes. Mostly spelt Acheampong mainly to make life easy for Europeans, however that spelling is wrong because there is no "c" in the Akan or Twi alphabet... [more]
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]
ALBARKA f Hausa
means 'blessings' Hausa name for girls of Arabic origin feminine for Barak or Al-barak
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".
AMAHLE f Zulu
This name means "the good/beautiful ones."
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
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 Anashe of Shona origin, a name meaning "who is with God"
ANANSIA f African
Derived from African folk tale "Anansi the spider". Anansi was a male spider so the "a" was put on the end to make the name feminine.
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.
ANYANG f Luo
Luo feminine name meaning "crocodile".
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
ARABA f African
Girl born on a Tuesday, in Akan. (Same as Abena)
ARANCHI f Tigrinya
It means "Orange (Fruit)" in Tigrinya. Possibly from the Italian word arancia
with the same meaning.