African American Submitted Names

These names are a subset of American names used more often by African Americans. See also about African-American names.
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AALIJAH   f & m   African American (Modern, Rare)
Rare variant of Aaliyah and a variant of Elijah
AALYRAH   f   African American (Modern)
Possibly a variant of ALIRA or an invented name combining AALIYAH with the name suffix -ra.
AARONETTA   f   African American (Rare)
Elaboration of Aarona, a feminized version of Aaron.
ABBA   f   African American
Short form of Abena. This was used by early slaves in the American south. Attested in the 1730's in South Carolina. It was later westernized as Abby.
ABIOLA   f & m   African, African American (Modern), Nigerian, Yoruba
Means 'born in honor' in Yoruba.
ACHONTE'   f   African American (Modern)
Variation of Ashanti. Also, perhaps an English corruption of the French word enchanté, which means "enchanted, delighted."
ADARIUS   m   African American (Modern)
Combination of Adam and Darius. Famous bearer is a Canadian football wide receiver named Adarius Bowman.
ADARYLL   m   African American
An invented name, a combination of the name prefix A- and Daryl... [more]
ADASHIA   f   African American
Created with the popular a prefix and diminutive Dasha.
ADOLPHIA   f   African American (Rare)
Feminine form of Adolph.
ADONAIA   f   African American (Rare, Archaic)
From the word Adonai used by ancient Israelites to refer to their God Yahweh, whose name was forbidden to be spoken. The name means "The Lord is my God."
ADONTAY   m   African American (Modern, Rare)
Created with the popular a prefix and variation of Dante.
ADONTI   f   African American (Modern, Rare)
Created with the popular a prefix and variation of Dante.
ADRIANANDIOUS   m   African American
African american elaborated form of Adrian.
AERIAS   m   African American (Modern, Rare)
Uncommon variant of the name Arias.
AERION   m   African American
Probably derived from Greek aēr "air". May also be an elaboration of Aaron.
AFRICIO   m   African American (Rare)
Masculine form of Africia.
AFRIKA   f   African American
Variant of Africa.
AHLAIJA   m   African American
Variation of Elijah.
AHLEESHA   f   African American
Variant of Aleesha.
AIESHA   f   African American
Variant of Aisha.
AIJA   f   African American (Modern)
Variation of Asia.
AINSWORTH   m   English, African American
From the traditionally English habitational surname for someone who lived in a place named Ainsworth near Manchester, from the Old English given name Ægen and worþ meaning "enclosure".
AIYANA   f   African American
Variant of Ayanna.
AJA   f   African American (Modern)
Variation of Asia.
AJANE   f   African American (Modern, Rare)
Meaning unknown.
AKEISHA   f   African American
Created with the prefix A and the name KEISHA.
AKIA   f   African American
Shortening of Nakia.
AKIEM   m   African American
Variant of Akeem.
AKISHA   f   African American
Combination of prefix a- with Keisha.
AKYRA   f   African American
Combination of prefix a- with Kyra.
ALAETRA   f   African American
Perhaps an Anglicized variant of Elettra.
ALAYSIA   f   English (American), African American
Possibly a variant of Alysia or Malaysia.
ALBONIE   f & m   African American (Modern, Rare), English
Possibly a variant of Albany.
ALGERIA   f   African American (Modern)
From the name of the African country.
ALLENCIA   f   African American
Possibly a variant of Valencia.
AL'TARIQ   m   African American
Combination of the prefix Al- and the name Tariq
AL'TERIC   m   African American
Variation of Al'tariq.
AMAHNI   f   African American (Modern, Rare)
Likely a respelling of Arabic Amani.
AMARI   m & f   African American, Western African
Of unknown meaning.... [more]
AMARION   m   African American (Modern)
Probably from Amari with the popular suffix ion attached.
AMARY   m & f   African American (Rare)
Variant of Amari.
AM'AZ'IN   m   African American (Rare)
Variant spelling of the word 'amazing.'
AMIRACLE   f   African American
From the English term "a miracle".
AMISHA   f   Indian, Indonesian, African American (Modern)
Hindi name meaning "truthful".... [more]
AMIYA   m & f   Indian, African American
Possibly derived from the Sanskrit word amaya (अमाय) meaning "free from deceit, guileless". May also be a variant of AMAYA.... [more]
AMORAE   f   African American (Modern)
From the Latin word "Amor" which means to love
ANASIA   f   English, African American
Diminutive of ANASTASIA or a feminine form of ANAS
ANAZIA   f   African American (Modern), Nigerian
Originally a Nigerian surname of unknown meaning.
ANDETRIA   f   African American
Elaboration of Diedra.
ANFERNEE   m   African American
Possibly a variant of Anthony. This name was popularized by American basketball player Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway (b. 1971).
ANFERNY   m   African American (Rare)
Variant spelling of Anfernee.
ANIRAY   f   African American
This name is a mix between the names Raymond and Aniko. It is a name that was made in New Orleans, Louisiana it may also have some french origin. It has been linked to the name Annie-Ray many of time but does not sound exactly like that.
ANTAWANA   f   African American
Feminization of Antwan.
ANTRAVIOUS   m   African American (Modern)
Antravius Williams is a famous bearer of this name.
ANTREL   m   African American (Modern, Rare)
A modern invented name of unknown meaning.
ANTWANETTE   f   African American
Feminine form of Antwan.
ANTWANIECE   f   African American (Rare)
Feminized elaboration of Antwan.
ANTWON   m   African American (Modern)
Phonetic respelling of Antoine.
AQUANETTA   f   African American (Modern, Rare)
Contemporary created name, from the colour "Aqua," a greenish-blue. Borne by American actress Acquanetta (1921-2004) whose real name was Mildred Davenport, author Aquanetta Gordon and fictional character Aquanette Walker from the Cheetah Girls series (1999-2006).
AQUARIA   f   African American (Rare)
Variant of the name Aquarius
AQUINTIS   m   African American
Meaning unknown.
ARCHIA   f   English (American, Rare), African American (Rare)
Derived from the surname of Archia, which is by far the most prevalent in the United States and as such might possibly be a relatively new surname. Its meaning is currently unknown, but it is possible that it is derived from the masculine given name Archie.... [more]
ARDIS   f & m   Scottish, English, African American
The feminine name Ardis is a simplification of the Nordic name Arndís.... [more]
ARICKA   f   African American
Variant of Arica.
ARKINYA   f   African American (Modern, Rare)
A recently created name, possibly created with the name Kinya.
ARLANDUS   m   African American
Possibly a quasi-Latinization of Roland via variants like Orlando.
ARLICIA   f   African American
Combination of Arletha and Alicia.
ARMANI   m & f   African American (Modern)
From the traditionally Italian surname meaning "son of Armano". Most likely popularized as a given name because of the high-end fashion company Armani Exchange, founded by Italian clothing designer Giorgio Armani.
ARMARIA   f   African American (Rare, ?)
Perhaps an invented name based on similar-sounding names such as Armani and Amari.
ARTRICE   f   African American
Perhaps intended to be a feminine form of Arthur, using the name suffix trice (from names such as Patrice).
ASHANAE   f   African American (Modern)
Combination of Ash and Shanae, possibly influenced by Ashanti.
ASHANTA   f   African American
Variation of Ashanti.
ASHANTE   f   African American
Variation of Ashanti.
ASIANIQUE   f   African American
Combination of Asia and Unique.
ATOIA   f   African American (Rare)
"wonderful creature"
AUNDRA   f   English (Modern), African American
Possibly a blend of Audra and Andra. This name has been used regularly in the United States since the 1950s.
AUNJANUE   f   African American (Rare)
Possibly from a corruption of French ingénue meaning "an innocent, wholesome girl", perhaps influenced by names such as Anjanette. This is borne by American actress Aunjanue Ellis (1969-).
AUTHERINE   f   African American
Autherine Lucy was the first African-American student admitted to a white school in Alabama when she entered the University of Alabama in 1956. Her name is even more unique than the usual feminization of Arthur, Arthurine-- but could refer back to the word author.
AVANDRE   m   African American
Created name with the prefix av and the name Andre.
AVASHANTE   m   African American
Created name with the prefix av and a variation of the name Ashanti.
AVIANCE   f   African American (Modern, Rare)
Adoption of the name of the Aviance perfume introduced by Prince Matchabelli in 1975.... [more]
AVONIA   f   English (Rare), African American
The meaning of this name is uncertain at this time. Its best known bearer was American actress Avonia Jones (1839-1867), whose parents may possibly have named her after the village of Avonia (in Pennsylvania, USA), or after the genus of plants of the same name... [more]
AYABA   f   African American (Rare), Yoruba (Rare), Nigerian (Rare), African (Rare)
From the Yoruba word Ayaba meaning "Queen".
AYANNA   f   Eastern African, African American (Modern), Jamaican Patois
Possibly means "flower" in Amharic; in 'The Book of African Names' (1991), linguist Molefi Asante lists Ayanna as an Eastern African feminine name meaning "this is a beautiful flower". It has been used among African-Americans and Jamaicans for at least 50 years... [more]
AYEJAH   f   African American
Variation of the Swahili Asha meaning "life"
AYISHA   f   Arabic, African American
Variant of Aisha.
AYZSIA   f   African American
Variant of Asia.
AZEALIA   f   African American (Modern, Rare)
Most likely a variant of Azalea, possibly influenced by the word zeal. This name was brought to the public eye by controversial rapper Azealia Banks (1991-).
AZURAY   f   African American (Modern, Rare)
Apparently a misspelling of Azuree, the name of a perfume by the designer Estée Lauder.
BARKEVIOUS   m   African American (Rare)
A modern invented name of unknown meaning.... [more]
BENAH   f   African American
Short form of Abena. This was used by early slaves in the American south. Attested in the 1730's in South Carolina. It was frequently misanalyzed as Venus.
BENEBA   f   African American
English corruption of Abena. This was used by early slaves in the American south. Attested in the 1730's in South Carolina.
BENICA   f   Filipino, African American
Feminine variant of Benjamin or Ben.
BEYONKA   f   African American
Variant of Bianca
BRIANKA   f   African American
Diminutive of Briana
BRIASIA   f   African American
Combination of Brianna and Asia.
BRILLIANT   m   English (African, Rare), African American (Modern, Rare)
Possibly from the English word brilliant meaning "(of light or color) very bright and radiant".
CAB   m   African American (Rare)
Short form of Cabell. Notable bearer, jazz musician and band leader Cabell "Cab" Calloway III (1907-1994).
CAMARION   m   African American (Modern)
Variant spelling of Kamarion. This name can also be a creative form of Cameron in some instances.
CAMISHA   f   African American
A West African tribe name.
CARDEL   m & f   African American, South African
Probably a variant of Cordell.
CARLETTA   f   African American (Modern)
Elaborated form of Carla, apparently in imitation of Italian Carlotta and perhaps influenced by Scarlett. 'Form of Caroletta in modern American usage, especially among black American families.'
CARMA   f   African American
From the word Karma.
CASHMERE   f & m   African American (Modern, Rare)
From the English word.
CAVON   m   African American
Varient of Kevon.
CEANDRA   f   African American
Created with the prefix ce and the feminization of Andre.
CECESS   f   African American
Misspelling of "success."
CHABLIS   f   African American (Modern, Rare)
It is a type of French wine that sounds feminine.
CHAKAYA   f   African American
Combination of Chaka and Kaya.
CHAMIQUE   f   English (African), African American
Variant of Shameka that means "sweet"
CHANDORA   f   African American
Likely an invented name, combining the name element Chan with DORA.
CHANDRE   f   African American
Variation of Shandra, an elaboration of Sandra.
CHANDRIA   f   African American
Elaboration of Shandra.
CHANDRYKA   f   African American
Elaboration of Shandra.
CHANÉ   f   African American
CHANÉ was a dialect of the Terena language, an extinct language of Argentina and Bolivia. It belonged to the Maipurean language family. There is very few data on this language. In Argentina it was spoken in Salta Province.
CHANTESSY   f   African American
Possibly the feminine version of Channing combined with the name Tess.
CHARATY   f   African American
Variation of Charity.
CHARCANDRICK   m   African American
Charcandrick West- running back for the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL.
CHARLANDRA   f   African American (Rare)
Combination of Charlene and the popular suffix andra.
CHATHAY   f   African American
Likely an invented name.
CHAUNTASIA   f   African American (Modern, Rare)
Probably a combination of Chanté with the suffix tasia (from names such as Anastasia or Fantasia).
CHAVON   f   African American (Modern, Rare)
Possibly an Anglicized form of Siobhán.
CHEKESHA   f   African American (Modern)
Combination of popular prefix cha with Keisha.
CHELCY   f   African American
Variation of Chelsea.
CHENAE   f   African American
Variant of Shanae.
CHENEKA   f   African American
Variant of Shaniqua.
CHENIQUE   f   African American
Perhaps a variant of Shaniqua.
CHEVONDA   f   African American (Modern, Rare)
Perhaps an elaboration of Chevonne.
CHILOND   f & m   African American
Likely an invented name.
CHIMERE   m   African American
This is a French name, but the meaning of it is unknown.... [more]
CHIQUITA   f   English (American, Modern, Rare), African American
Means "little girl" in Spanish, from the Spanish chica "girl" combined with the diminutive suffix ita.... [more]
CHYVAURNE   f & m   African American
Variation of Shiobhan.
CIPREANNA   f   African American
Variation of Cypriana.
CLAIREECE   f   Literature, African American (Rare)
Modern variant of Clarice. This is the given name of Claireece Precious Jones in the book Push and the movie Precious (which is based on the book).
CLASTERFAIR   m   American (South), African American
This name is found in generations of families. Clusters of the name can be found in Louisiana, in particular, but remains rare. It is said to be terminology to refer to royal members, similar to King or Duke would be used.
CLEOTHA   f   African American
Cleotha Staples (1934-) was a member of the Staple Singers musical group, best known for their 1970s hits "I'll Take You There", "Respect Yourself" and "Let's Do It Again".
CLINTONA   f   African American
Feminine form of Clinton.... [more]
COFFEY   m   African American (Rare)
Possibly a form of Cuff. This is borne by American country and western singer-songwriter Coffey Anderson (1978-).
CORDERO   m   Spanish (Latin American), African American
From Spanish cordero "lamb", perhaps via the Spanish surname Cordero (originally denoting either a shepherd or someone thought to resemble a lamb).
CORINTHIA   f   English (Rare), African American
From Corinth, the ancient Greek city-state. In the New Testament there are two epistles to the Corinthians written by Saint Paul. This is the name of "Miss Corrie" Hogganbeck in 'The Reivers' (1962) by William Faulkner.
CORLETTA   f   African American (Anglicized, Modern, Rare, Archaic)
To be successful, victorious, a winner, triumphant
CORONDA   f   African American
Likely an invented name, possibly a combination of Cora and Ronda.
CUBBENAH   m   African American
English corruption of Kwabena. This was used by early slaves in the American south. Attested in the 1730's in South Carolina.
CUDJOE   m   African American
Anglicization of Kwadwo. This was used by early slaves in the American south. Attested in the 1730's in South Carolina.
CUFF   m   African American (Archaic)
Anglicized form of Kofi. According to George Rippey Stewart in 'American Given Names' (1979): "It was a common name for a black during the slave period, but died out in the late nineteenth century."
CURTISA   f   African American (Rare)
Feminization of Curtis.
DACEE   m   African American (Modern, Rare)
A modern created name.
DAEKWON   m   African American
Apparently a variant of Dejuan.
DAFFANY   f   African American
Variation of Daphne.
DAIJUAN   m   African American
Variant of Dejuan.
DAIZHA   f & m   African American
Variant of Deja.
DAJANEEK   f   African American (Modern)
Probably a combination of the popular name prefix Da and Janeka.
DAJUAN   m   African American (Modern, Rare)
A combination of the popular prefix Da and Juan.
DALANDA   f   Western African, African American
Fulani female given name meaning "creative"
DAMAHLI   f   African American
Created with the prefix da and Mahli.
DAMARI   m   African American
Likely an invented name, a combination of the popular name prefix Da- and AMARI.
DAMARION   m   African American
Likely an invented name, a combination of the popular name prefix Da- and MARION.
DAMARIUS   m & f   African American (Modern)
Either a combination of the popular name prefix Da and Marius, or an altered form of Damaris.
DAMIOND   m   African American
Elaboration of Damian.
DAMONTRE   m   African American
Meaning unknown.
DARAYAH   f   African American
Variation of Daria.
DARICE   f   African American
Intended to be a feminine form of Darius, using the name suffix ice.
DARIEL   m   African American
Possibly an elaboration of DARRELL or DARIAN.
DARKISHA   f   African American
Likely an invented name, a combination of the English word "dark" and the popular name suffix -isha.
DARNITTA   f   African American
Elaboration of the feminized version of Darnell.
DARONN   m   African American
Variation of Darren.
DARQUEZE   m   African American (Rare)
A modern invented name of unknown meaning, possibly influenced by Marquise.
DARQUINTON   m   African American
Combination of prefix dar with a variation of Quintin.
DARRIC   m   African American
Variant of DEREK.
DA'RUNNYA   m   African American
Elaboration of Darren.
DASHANA   f   African American (Modern, Rare)
Possibly a variant spelling of Dashauna or Dashawna, which are feminine forms of Deshaun and Deshawn.
DASHAUN   m   African American
Variant of Dashawn using the name Shaun instead of Shawn
DASHAWN   m   African American
Combination of the suffix da- and Shawn.
DASHAWNA   f   African American
Feminine form of Dashawn.
DASHEENA   f   African American
Likely an invented name, a combination of the popular name prefix Da- and Sheena.
DASHON   m   African American
Variant of Dashawn using the name Shon instead of Shawn
DASMINE   f & m   African American
Likely an invented name, perhaps a variant of Jasmine.
DAVAREE   m   African American (Rare)
Meaning unknown, possibly an invented name.
DAVARNI   m & f   African American
American
DAVARRYL   m   African American (Modern, Rare)
DaVarryl Williamson (b. 1968) is an American boxer.
DAVEION   f & m   African American (Modern, Rare)
Elaboration of Dave.
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