African American Submitted Names

These names are a subset of American names used more often by African Americans. See also about African-American names.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ABBA f African American
Short form of Abena. This was used by early slaves in the American south.
ABIOLA f & m African, African American (Modern), Nigerian, Yoruba
Means "born in honor" in Yoruba.
ADANTE m African American
A combination of the prefix A- and the name Dante.
ADANYA f African American (Modern, Rare)
Variant of Adanna used in the United States.
ADARIUS m African American (Modern)
Combination of the prefix a and Darius.
ADARYLL m African American
An invented name, a combination of the name prefix A- and Daryl... [more]
ADASHIA f African American
Combination of the prefix a and an elaborated form of Dasha.
A'DESTIN m African American (Modern)
Combination of the prefix a with Destin.
ADNIS m African American
Meaning unknown. It is the name of American rapper Jay-Z's father, about whom he wrote a song.
ADNISA m African American
Feminine form of Adnis.
ADRIANANDIOUS m African American
African american elaborated form of Adrian.
AERION m African American
Probably derived from Greek aēr "air", though it may also be an elaboration of Aaron.
AIJALON m & f Biblical, English (American, Rare), African American (Rare)
From an Old Testament place name meaning "place of gazelles" in Hebrew (compare Ayala). Aijalon or Ajalon was the name of several biblical locations, including the valley in Dan where the Israelites defeated the Amorites while the sun and moon stood still in answer to their leader Joshua's prayer.
AINSWORTH m English, African American
Transferred use of the surname Ainsworth.
AJAHNI m & f African American
Variant of Ajani.
AKAYSHA f African American (Rare)
Possibly a phonetic spelling of Acacia.
AKEISHA f African American
Combination of the prefix a and Keisha.
AKIA f African American
Truncated form of Nakia.
AKISHA f African American
Combination of the prefix a and Kisha.
AKYRA f African American
Combination of the prefix a- with Kyra.
ALAETRA f African American
Perhaps an Anglicized variant of Elettra.
ALGERIA f African American (Modern)
From the name of the African country.
ALLENCIA f African American
Rhyming variant of Valencia.
ALLERIAH f African American
My mom said that it comes from the name of a fairytale called Allerleirauh meaning "All-Kinds-of-Fur".
AL'TARIQ m African American
Combination of the prefix Al- and the name Tariq.
AMARE m & f African American (Modern)
Variant of Amari. Spelling may have influence from the Latin word amāre, meaning "to love".
AMARION m African American (Modern)
Probably from Amari with the popular suffix ion attached.
AMIRACLE f African American
Combination of the suffix a and Miracle.
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.
ANFERNEE m African American
Variant of Anthony. This name was popularized by American basketball player Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway (b. 1971).
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.
ANNIQUA f African American (Modern, Rare)
Elaboration of Anna, formed from the popular name suffix qua- (see also Annika, Anika, Shaniqua and Janiqua).
ANTAWANA f African American
Feminine form of Antwan.
ANTOINIECE f African American (Modern, Rare)
Feminine form of Antoine using the fashionable suffix -iece.
ANTOINIQUE f African American (Rare)
Feminization of Antoine by using the fashionable suffix -ique
ANTREL m African American (Modern, Rare)
A modern invented name of unknown meaning.
ANTWANETTA f African American (Modern, Rare)
Latinization of Antwanette. This is borne by a young female basketball player Antwanetta Boswell. Also, see Antoinetta.
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).
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]
ARKINYA f African American (Rare)
Combination of the prefix ar with 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". 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 the prefix a with Shanae.
ASIANIQUE f African American
Combination of Asia and the suffix -ique.
ATHELASTON m African American (Modern, Rare)
Either a combination of Athel and Aston or a variant of Athelston.... [more]
ATIANA f African American
Deconstruction of Tatiana or elaboration of Tiana.
ATOIA f African American (Rare)
"wonderful creature"
ATTALLAH m & f Arabic, African American (Rare)
Attallah is one of the daughters of Activist Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz.
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
Feminine form of Auther. Autherine Lucy was the first African-American student admitted to a white school in Alabama when she entered the University of Alabama in 1956.
AVANDRE m African American
Created name with the prefix av and the name Andre.
AVASHANTE m African American
Combination of the prefix av and Ashante.
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 ayaba meaning "queen".
AYANNA f Eastern African, African American (Modern), Jamaican Patois
Possibly means "flower" in Amharic.
AYITA f English (Modern, Rare, ?), African American (Rare), Western African (Rare)
The origins of this name are uncertain. Though it is popularly claimed to mean "first to dance" in Cherokee, this appears to be untrue.... [more]
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.
BILLION m African American
From French billion, from bi- (“two”) +‎ -illion.
BLESSENCE f African American
The combination of Blessed with Essence.
BRIASIA f African American
Combination of the popular prefix bri with 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. A notable bearer is jazz musician and band leader Cabell "Cab" Calloway III (1907-1994).
CAMARION m African American (Modern)
Variant of Kamarion. This name can also be a modern elaboration of Cameron in some instances.
CAMISHA f African American
A West African tribe name.
CARESHA f African American
Meaning unknown. A notable bearer is Caresha Brownlee, known as 'Yung Miami' from the rap duo City Girls.
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.'
CASHMERE f & m African American (Modern, Rare)
From the English word, a type of fabric, ultimately borrowed from the Hindi कश्मीर (kaśmīr) (See Kashmir).
CEANDRA f African American
Created with the prefix ce and the feminization of Andre.
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.
CHAKKA f African American (Rare)
Chakka appeared on the hit television show 'Maury' at least seven times to test a total of eleven men for her three children Mustafa, Mary, and Mylove. One notable man, Corey, tested positive for Mary and Mylove, but negatively for Mustafa... [more]
CHANDORA f African American
Likely an invented name, combining the name element Chan with DORA.
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.
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.
CHARLIZA f African American (Modern, Rare)
Presumably, an elaboration of Charlize. (See also Charlisa).
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).
CHEKESHA f African American (Modern)
Combination of popular prefix cha with Keisha.
CHENIQUE f African American
Perhaps a variant of Shaniqua.
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]
CHRISTIANAE f African American
With grace I follow Christ... [more]
CLAIREECE f Literature, African American (Rare)
Variant of Clarice. This is the given name of Claireece Precious Jones in the book 'Push' and the movie 'Precious'.
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.
CLEAVON m African American (Rare)
Meaning "cliff". Adaptation from names containing the element cleav with the suffix -on.
CLEOTHA m & f African American (Rare)
This was borne by American singer Cleotha "Cleedy" Staples (1934-2013), a member of the Staple Singers musical group.
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, Western African
Anglicized form of Kojo used by early slaves in the American South. It is attested in the 1730s in South Carolina. This name was borne by Cudjoe Lewis (c. 1840-1935), the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave trade between Africa and the United States.
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."