African Submitted Names

African names are used in various places on the continent of Africa. See also about African names.
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CHINANGUNGA m & f African
Variety of vernacular language among people living along lake Nyasa in Tanzania.
CHINASAOKWU m Igbo
Means "God is my advocate" in Igbo.
CHINCIA f Igbo
Variant of CHINASA.
CHINELO m Igbo
Meaning the 'The thoughts of personal God'. 'Chi' meaning in igbo
CHINEMERE m & f Igbo
Means "God is doing" in Igbo.
CHINENYE f Western African, Igbo
Means "God gives" or "God is giving" in Igbo (compare CHICHI, CHINYERE).
CHINETO f & m Igbo
"God praises" "God uplifts" "God glorifies" "God gives talent"
CHINOZA m African
Zezuru name for one who knows much but says less
CHINUA m African, Nigerian, Igbo
meaning: god's own blessing... [more]
CHINUALUMOGU m Igbo
Means "may God fight on my behalf" in Igbo. This was the full birth name of Chinua Achebe (1930-2013), a Nigerian writer.
CHINUE f African
Means "God's blessing".
CHINWEMMERI f & m Igbo
Chinwe is a short form of a variety such as Chinwendu, Chinweizu, Chinwemmeri and others. Chinwe in itself means "God's own." Chinwemmeri means "God's own victory." These names are synonymous with the Igbo ethnic group from the south eastern Nigeria.
CHINWENDUM m & f Igbo (Modern, Rare)
Means "I am consecrated to God" or "I am owned by God" in Igbo.
CHIONYE m Igbo
Means "God will give to him what he prays for" in Igbo.
CHISOM f Igbo
Means "God follows me" in Igbo.
CHITHUZI m Tumbuka
Means "shadow" in Tumbuka.
CHIVIMBISO f Shona
Means "the promise" in Shona.
CHIWA f Yao
Means "death" in Yao.
CHIWETEL m Igbo
Means "God brings" in Igbo.
CHOKOMERA m & f Chewa
Means "compassion" in Chewa.
CHOKWADI m Shona
Means "truth" in Shona.
CHOSANING'OMA m Tumbuka
Means "remove bad things" in Tumbuka.
CHRISELDA f Afrikaans, South African, Filipino
Presumably a variant of GRISELDA, influenced by names beginning with "Chris-", such as CHRISTINE.
CHRISZETTE f Afrikaans
Compound name of CHRISTINE and SUZETTE.
CHUKI f & m Swahili
Means "born during a time of hatred" in Swahili.
CHUKWUBUIKEM m Igbo
Means "God is my strength" in Igbo.
CHUKWUCHETA m Igbo
Means "let God remember" in Igbo.
CHUKWUDUBEM m & f Igbo
Means "God, lead me" in Igbo.
CHUKWUDUMEBI m & f Igbo
Means "God is living with me" in Igbo.
CHUKWUEBUKA m & f Igbo
Derived from the word CHUKWU and the meaning is split between two separate words, "chukwu" and "ibuka" meaning "God" and "YOU ARE GREAT".... [more]
CHUKWUENEKA m Igbo
Means "God has dealt kindly with" in Igbo.
CHUKWUMAEZE m Igbo
Means "God knows the king" in Igbo.
CHUKWUNENYE m Igbo
Igbo name from Eastern Nigeria. It originates from the belief that children are gifts from God and means "God gives". The feminine variant is CHINENYE, which also has the same meaning
CHUKWUNONSO m African
Igbo land Eastern Nigeria - Chukwu(Almighty God) no(is) nso(near). God is near
CHUKWUNWIKE m & f Igbo
Means "God has the power" in Igbo.
CHUMA m & f Bemba
Means "wealth" in Bemba.
CHYÀ m Central African
A Kom name.
CIGAAL m Somali
Means "turban" in Somali.
CIISE m Somali
Somali form of ISA.
CILMI m Somali
A name that derives from the word cilmi which means "knowledge" or "learning."
CLAI f & m Yoruba
Meaning unknown.
CONFIDENCE f English (Puritan), South African
Meaning, "the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust." Referring to the confidence one may have in God.
CONSENSUS m Western African
From the french word consensus "consens".
CORLIA f Afrikaans
Contracted form of CORNELIA.
COUMBA f Western African, Fula
Means "the one who has the strength" in Fula.
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.
CUMAR m Somali
Somali form of Omar.
DAAHIR m Somali
Variant of DAHIR.
DAA'UUD m Somali
Somali form of DAVID.
DADIRAI f Shona
Means "show off" in Shona.
DAGM m Amharic
It's from Amharic language and Geez which is ancient ethiopian language which is dated 3000 years with Hebrew origins, it means Twice or repeated . Usually given when you look like your parents
DAGMAWIT f Eastern African, Amharic
Means "again, the second" in Amharic.
DAHAMA m & f Dagbani
Means "riches" in Dagbani.
DAHIR m Somali
Somali form of TAHIR.
DAI m Swahili
Means "demand" in Swahili.
DAKALO m & f Venda
Means "happiness" in Tshivenda.
DAKARI m African
Variant of DAKARAI.
DALANDA f Western African, African American
Means "creative" in Fulani.
DALILI f Swahili (Rare)
Means "omen, symbol" in Swahili.
DALIRI f & m Dagbani
Means "good fortune" in Dagbani.
DALISO m Chewa
A variant of DALITSO. ... [more]
DAMAMLI f Eastern African
beautiful vision
DAMBISA f Southern African
A Zambian feminine name borne by the economist Dambisa Felicia Moyo.
DAMBUZGHO f Tumbuka
Means "troublesome" in Tumbuka.
DAMILOLA m & f Yoruba
Means "God makes me wealthy" in Yoruba.
DAMISI m African
A cheerful man.
DAMYA f Berber, Northern African, History
Tamazight feminine given name, an alternative possible given name of the Berber warrior-queen and leader KAHINA.
DANANAI m & f Shona
Means "love each other" in Shona.
DANAT m Ge'ez
Coptic Christian (Ge'ez) word for the piercing on Jesus' left palm.
DANATA f Ge'ez
Feminine form of DANAT.
DANDAUDA m Hausa
Is the name given to Sulaiman
DANÉ f Afrikaans
Variant of DANAË.
DANGANA m & f Dagbani
Means "confidence" or "trust in the goodness of God" in Dagbani.
DANIACHEW m Amharic
Means "arbitrate between them" or "you be the judge" in Amharic.
DANIAT f Tigrinya
Means "judge" in Tigrinya.
DANISMO m Southern African
The meaning of Danismo is "Jubilant and Content with one's life and experiences." Commonly used to describe someone who has had good fortune recently.
DARAMFON m & f Ibibio
Means "rejoice at grace" in Ibibio.
DAUBODE m Ijaw
Means "father has returned" in Ijaw.
DAUDA m Hausa
Hausa form of DAVID.
DAULAYEFA m Ijaw
Means "nothing can be compared to a father" in Ijaw.
DAVEN m African, Tamil
Pronunciation: Dayven (pronounced as in "Dave" with an 'n"... [more]
DAVINCIA f Southern African
Peace and love
DAWIE m Afrikaans
Related to David and is the Afrikaans version of DAVID mostly used in South Africa.
DAWIT m Bashkir, Ge'ez, Amharic
Bashkir form of DAWUD and Ge'ez and Amharic form of DAVID.
DDUNIT f Kabyle
Kabyle form of DUNYA.
DEDE f Dagbani
Means "straight, rightly" in Dagbani.
DEDINA f African
means " i have won"
DEGMO f Somali
Means "district" in Somali.
DEJI m & f Nigerian
Transferred use of the surname DEJI.
DEKONTEE f & m Western African
Translates to the following: In God's Time or Time will tell or Patience.
DELA f Zulu (Rare)
Dela. in Zulu it means to become whole, to feel complete and satisfied.
DELE m Nigerian
An uncommonly used name from the West African country of Nigeria. This name is commonly pronounced as 'Deli' but this is not the real way on how to pronounce this name.
DEMBO m Mende
Means "warrior" in Mende.
DEMETERIYA f Eastern African
Of unknown origin and meaning. ... [more]
DEMISSIE m Amharic
Means "destroyer" in Amharic.
DEOBIA m Nigerian
Short form of OLADEOBIA.
DEPORIA f African
Meaning "Depressed" in African. This name is commonly given to female infants born in depressing times.
DEREJE m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "to develop, to organise" in Amharic.
DERESSE m Ethiopian, Amharic
Ethiopian name of unknown meaning.
DERIFAGHA f & m Ijaw
Means "laughter can never end" in Ijaw.
DERREON f & m Central African
Means “Strong in material matters”
DESARI f African
Variant of DESIREE.
DESITA f Amharic
Means "joy, happiness" in Amharic.
DEZY m Edo (Modern)
''You cant block God's path or you can not block ones destiny; diminutive of Aigbodezzy''
DIA f African, Mbama
Means "love" in Lembaama.
DIALIKA f Western African
Of unknown origin and meaning.... [more]
DIAMBU m Central African
Means "quiet warrior".
DIARA f African
Meaning "Gift of Silence" or Silent gifted one."
DIARAYE f Western African
Western African form of ZAHRA.
DIARRA m African
sawhili
DIBA f Luba
Means "sun" in Tshiluba language spoken in Democratic Republic of Congo.
DIDIMALANG f Tswana
Means "be quiet" in Setswana.
DIDIZA f Zulu
Means "flutter" in Zulu.
DIHYA f Berber, Northern African, History
Meaning unknown. This was the real name of KAHINA, an Amazigh warrior queen who resisted Arab expansion into North Africa (d. 700 AD).
DIJI m Igbo
Means "a farmer" in Igbo.
DIKAYA m & f Manjak
Means "is going nowhere" in Manjak. This name is given to protect the child from an early death.
DIKELEDITSAME f Tswana
Means "my tears" in Setswana.
DIKELETSO f Tswana
Means "wishes" in Setswana.
DIKEMBE m Central African
From Dikembe Mutombo (born June 25, 1966) a Congolese American retired professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Outside basketball, he has become known for his humanitarian work.
DIKGAKGAMATSO m & f Tswana
Means "miracles" in Setswana.
DIKSA m & f African
MEANING "PLAY", USED BY THE YUNGUR PEOPLE OF THE ADAMAWA HIGHLANDS IN NORTH EASTERN NIGERIA.NIGERIA.
DILIVIO m Afrikaans (Rare), Dutch (Surinamese, Rare)
Since this name is also found written as Di Livio, it is probably a combination of the Italian preposition di meaning "of" with the given name LIVIO... [more]
DIMAKATSO f Tswana
Means "surprises" in Setswana.
DIMIEN m & f Ijaw
Means "God's work" or "the hand of God" in Ijaw.
DINEO f Sotho
Means "gifts" or "talents" in Sotho.
DINEO f Tswana
"Gifts"
DININI m Ijaw
Meaning "mercy" or "pardon" in Ijaw.
DINKYENE m & f Akan
Derived from di meaning "eat" and nkyene meaning "salt". In Akan culture, the idea of 'eating salt' symbolises being alive, and this name acts as a mean of encouraging the child to live.
DINOBI f & m Igbo
Means "Beloved" relate to Nwadinobi
DINTOLI m & f Dagbani
It means own
DIOP m Western African
Senegalese name
DIPESALEMA m Tswana
Means "psalms" in Tswana.
DIPHETOGO m Tswana
Means "changes" in Setswana.
DIPONE m & f Tswana
Means "lights" in Setswana.
DIRIC m Somali
A name that comes from the Somali word diric which means "bold; fearless or daring." The name connotes courage or heroism. Outside of Somalia, a Somali person may spell the name as DIRI.
DIRLI m & f Dagbani
Means "sharp one" in Dagbani.
DISAAKA m & f Akan
Means "you deserve saying it" in Akan.
DISEMI f Ijaw
Means "I like it" in Ijaw.
DISEYE f & m Ijaw
Means "desired" in Ijaw.
DITEBOGO f Tswana
Means "gratitudes" in Setswana.
DITHAPELO m & f Tswana
Means "prayers" in Setswana.
DITHEBE m Tswana
Means "shields" in Setswana.
DITIRO m Tswana
Means "acts" in Setswana.
DITORUSIN f & m Ijaw
Means "leave it for God" in Ijaw.
DITSHWANELO m & f Tswana
Means "rights" in Setswana.
DIYA f African, Mbama
Variant of DIA.
DIYINRIN f Ijaw
Means "live life carefully" in Ijaw.
DIZGHA m Tumbuka
Means "to be quiet" in Tumbuka.
DJAMAL m Arabic (Maghrebi), Western African
Maghrebi and Western African form of JAMAL.
DJENABA f Western African
Western African name derived from Arabic ZEYNAB (see also ZEINABOU).
DJÉNÉBA f Western African
A variant form of ZEINEBOU (chiefly Malian).
DJIBRIL m Western African
Western African form of GABRIEL.
DOGO m Western African
Transferred use of the surname DOGO.
DOLINDE f French (Archaic), Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Archaic French vernacular form of ADELINDE found in the Poitou-Charentes region. Today, the name is occasionally found in the Netherlands and in Afrikaans-speaking South Africa... [more]
DONATION m South African, English (Puritan)
From the word donation, meaning "an act or instance of presenting something as a gift, grant, or contribution."
DOOAKPO f & m Ijaw
Means "peaceful world" in Ijaw.
DOOKEME m Ijaw
Means "man of peace" in Ijaw.
DOUBRA m & f Ijaw
Means "will" or "desire" in Ijaw.
DOUYE m Ijaw
Means "desire" in Ijaw.
DRAMANE m Western African
West African (Mali, Guinea) version of Abdulrahman.
DUATEME f Ijaw
Means "guardian spirit" in Ijaw.
DUDUETSANG f Tswana
Means "ululations" in Setswana.
DUJONOU f Manding
Liberian Kpelle name meaning "peacemaker".
DÚKŨ m & f Akan
Means "eleventh born" in Akan.
DULANI m Yao
Means "cutting" in Yao.
DUMA m Swahili
Means "cheetah" in Swahili.... [more]
DUMISA m & f Tumbuka
Means "thank you" in Tumbuka.
DUMLESI f & m Ogoni
Khana for "life/ prosperity is ahead" or "bright future"... [more]
DUMO m Ijaw
Dumo means Life Ibi Dumo means good life where Ibi means good .
DUNIA m Swahili
Neans "world, earth," ultimately from Arabic dunyā (دُنْيَا) meaning "world, kingdom, universe."
DURO m & f Yoruba
Means "wait" in Yoruba.
DYA f African, Mbama
Variant of DIA.
DYHIA f Berber
Variant of DIHYA.
DYSHIKI f South African
South African meaning One who Likes Candy
DZIKAMAI m Shona
Dzikamai means "settle down". The name is given to express the idea of settling down and not jumping from one relationship to another or one project to another. The former Zimbabwean Minister and MP, Dzikamai Mavhaire is one well known bearer of this name.
DZINASHE m Shona
Dzinashe means "It's with the Lord". One well known bearer of this name is Dzinashe Machingura.
DZIVA f Shona
Means "water" in Shona.
DZUWA m & f Chewa
Means "sunshine" in Chewa.
EBEGGI m Berber
Means "jackal" in Tamazight.
EBELEAKPO f Ijaw
Means "sweet life" in Ijaw.
EBELECHUKWU f Igbo
Means "God's mercy" in Igbo.
EBELEMBO f Bandial
Means "throwing there" in Banjal.
EBERECHI f & m Igbo
The mercy of God
EBI m & f Ijaw
Means "good" in Ijaw.
EBIAKPO m & f Ijaw
Means "good life" in Ijaw.
EBIBARATIMI f & m Ijaw
Means "live life well" in Ijaw.
EBIDESE f & m Ijaw
Means "love good things" in Ijaw.
EBIDISEBOFA m & f Ijaw
Means "there is no one that doesn't like good things" in Ijaw.
EBIDOWEI m Ijaw
A man who seeks good
EBIEGBERI m & f Western African, Ijaw
Means "good news" in Ijaw.
EBIERE f Western African, Ijaw
Means "fine lady" in Ijaw.
EBIFINIDEI f & m Ijaw
Means "good things have been opened to me" in Ijaw.
EBIGBA m Ijaw
Means "talk good" in Ijaw.
EBIKAKE f Ijaw
Means "accept good things" in Ijaw.
EBIMIE m & f Ijaw
Means "do good" in Ijaw.
EBIMOBOERE f Ijaw
Means "woman who has brought good" in Ijaw.
EBINIMI f & m Ijaw
Means "recognise good" in Ijaw.
EBIOWEI m Ijaw
Means "good man", "handsome man" or "kind-hearted man" in Ijaw.
EBIUNDU m Ijaw
Means "good life" in Ijaw.
EBIYE m & f Ijaw
Means "a good thing" in Ijaw.
EBIZIMOR m & f Ijaw
Means "born in a good season" in Ijaw.
EBRAKUMO f Ijaw
Means "don't forget me" in Ijaw.
EBUN f Yoruba, African
Meaning "gift" in Yoruba.
ECCATTI f Bandial
Means "He (God) has not rewarded you" in Banjal.
ECHICHINWO m & f African
Ikwerre name. Used in Rebisi Kingdom,Port Harcourt,(Nigeria). Meaning 'a baby delivered at the appropriate time'
EDEBE f African
The name originates from Sudan, in the concrete tribe of Gurfan meaning the first, princess.
EDEM m & f Efik
EDESA f African, Persian
Feminine name of African origin.
EDIDIONG f & m Efik
Means “blessing” in Efik.
EDOGHOGHO m & f African, Isoko, Edo
This name which means "Day of Joy," originates from the Isoko and Edo ethnolinguistic groups of Southern Nigeria which is located on the West Coast of Africa. Broken down, it means: "Ede - Day" and "Oghogho - joy" (Which is also very common as a name in both these cultures) When combined however, it morphs into the spelling: "Edoghogho" meaning "Day of Joy" or "The Day of Joy." Phonetically, it can be pronounced "Ed-o-ghor-ghor" with the "r" silent.
EDUBAMO f Ijaw
Means "honour me" in Ijaw.
EFFIA f Akan, Literature
Meaning, “girl born on Friday.”
EFOSA m Yoruba
meaning "God's Well" and is of Beninese origin
EFURU f Igbo
Means "daughter of heaven" in Igbo.
EGHONGHON f Esan
Means "joy" in Esan.
EHI f Idoma
Means "gift" in Idoma.
EHIGOCO m & f Agatu
Means "gift of God" in Agatu.
EJATU f & m African, Sierra Leonean
Stems from the Arabic word eja ati meaning "movement".
EJIGA m African
Ejiga is an igala name from kogi state of in the central region of nigeria
EJIGAYEHU f Amharic, Ethiopian
Means "I have seen a lot good/better" in Amharic. This was the name of a famous singer Ejigayehu Shibabaw, better known as Gigi.
EJIKEME m Igbo
Used mostly by the Igbos of West Africa. ... [more]
EJIMMADU m & f Igbo
I am with human being
EJIOFOR m African
"I am bestowed with righteousness and virtue". "The name bearer is an embodiment of justice and fairness" (Jideofor)
EJOVWOKOGHENE m & f African
African(Nigerian)
EKAETE f Western African, Ibibio, Efik
Means "father's mother". It is given in honor of one's paternal grandmother.
EKEI m & f Efik
EKEJIUBA m Nigerian
Chineke ji uba... [more]
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