Eastern African Submitted Names

Eastern African names include those from Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. See also about African names.
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AADEN m Somali
Somali form of Adam.
AAMIINA f Somali
Somali form of Aminah.
ABADIR m Near Eastern Mythology, Coptic (Bohairic), Coptic (Sahidic), Arabic (Archaic), Harari, Somali (Archaic)
Means "mighty father". This was a Phoenician name for the highest deity. It was borne by a legendary Coptic saint who was martyred with his sister Irais (or Iraja, Herais, Rhais).
ABAYNESH f Amharic
Means "you are the Nile" in Amharic.
ABDI m Somali, Indonesian, Turkish
Derived from Arabic عَبْد (ʿabd) meaning "servant".
ABDIRAHIM m Somali
Somali form of Abdurrahim.
ABDIRAHMAN m Somali
Somali form of Abdul-Rahman.
ABDULLAHI m Somali, Nigerian
Form of Abdullah used in Somalia and Nigeria.
ABEBECH f Amharic, Ethiopian
Feminine form of Abebe.
ABERA m Ethiopian
Means "light" or "he shines". Used as both a given name and a surname.
ABIGAILI f Biblical, Swahili
Swahili form of Abigail.
ABIKANILE f Yao
Meaning "listen" in Yao.
ABIY m Amharic
Means "father's joy" in Amharic.
ABOYO f Luo
Means "one who saunters" in Luo.
ABREHAM m Ethiopian
Ethiopian form of Abraham.
ABRIHET f Tigrinya
Means "light" in Tigrinya.
ABSHIR m Somali
Means "congratulation" in Somali.
ABUK f African Mythology, Dinka
In Dinka mythology (south Sudan), the first woman. She is the patron goddess of women and gardens. Her emblem is a little snake. She is the mother of Deng (Danka).
ABUNGU f Luo
Means "of the forest" in Luo.
ABUTO f Luo
Means "I have hidden" in Luo.
ACHAN f Dinka
Means "female child in the first pair of twins" in Dinka.
ADAMU m Amharic, Swahili, Hausa
Amharic, Swahili, and Hausa form of Adam.
ADANECH f Amharic
Means "she saved" or "she rescued" or "she has rescued them" in Amharic.
ADDIS f & m Amharic, Ethiopian
Derived from Amharic አዲስ (addis) "new".
ADDISU m Ethiopian
Means "the new one".
ADEDE f Luo
Means "grasshopper" in Luo.
ADHRA f Swahili
Means "apology" in Swahili.
ADIA f Igede, Swahili
Means "queen" in Igede and "(valuable) gift" in Swahili, from Hausa adia "gift".
ADMASSU m Amharic
Means "his horizon" in Amharic.
ADONGO m & f Luo
Means "second of the twins" in Luo.
ADUOR f Eastern African, Luo
Means "born at dawn" in Luo.
AFWERKI m Tigrinya, Ethiopian
Means "mouth of gold" in Tigrinya.
AGWANG f Luo
Means "wolf" in Luo.
AJUOGA f Luo
Means "doctor" in Luo.
AKELLO f Luo
Means "born after twins" in Luo.
AKETCH f Luo
Means "born during a famine" in Luo.
AKIKI m Eastern African, Nkore
Means "friend" in Nkore, spoken in Uganda.
AKLILU m Tigrinya
Means "laurel wreath" in Tigrinya.
ALAZAR m Ethiopian
Meaning, "God is my help."
ALEEKI m Somali
Means "brave lion" in Somali.
ALEK f Eastern African, Dinka
Means "black-and-white cow" in Dinka.... [more]
ALEMU m Amharic
Means "they dreamt" in Amharic.
ALILE f Yao
Means "she weeps" in Yao.
ALIMAZI f Amharic
Means "diamond" in Amharic.
ALMAZ m & f Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Bashkir, Tatar, Ethiopian, Amharic
Derived from Persian الماس (almâs) meaning "diamond". It is used as a masculine name in Turkic-speaking countries and regions of Russia, while it is feminine in Ethiopia.
AMAN m Tigrinya
Means "handsome" in Tigrinya.
AMANI f Tigrinya
Means "faith" in Tigrinya.
AMANYIRE f & m Eastern African, Nyoro, Tooro, Nkore, Kiga
Means "God knows" in Nyoro, Tooro, Nkore, and Kiga.
AMBELU m & f Amharic
Possibly means "commander" in Amharic.
AMBESA m Ethiopian (Modern)
The meaning of this Ethiopian names is "lion".
AMBESA f Tigrinya
Means "lioness" in Tigrinya.
AMBURO f Somali
Seems to be derived from the surname Amburo.
AMIBESA f Amharic
Means "lioness" in Amharic.
AMLESET f Tigrinya
Means "she made it return" in Tigrinya.
AMONDI f Swahili
Swahili form of Amani.
AMRI m Swahili, Arabic
Means "command" in Swahili.
ANASA f Swahili
Means "joy" in Swahili.
ANBESSA m Tigrinya
Means "lion" in Tigrinya.
ANDWELE m Swahili
Means "God brings me" in Swahili.
ANGAVU m Swahili
Swahili masculine name meaning "clear, lucid".
ANIBESA m Amharic
Means "lion" in Amharic.
ANYANG f Luo
Means "crocodile" in Luo.
ARAGSAN f Somali
Means "see" in Somali.
ARANCHI f Tigrinya
Means "orange (fruit)" in Tigrinya.
ARAYA m Tigrinya
Means "leader by example" in Tigrinya.
ARMANA f Tigrinya
Neans "our flag" in Tigrinya.
ARUSI f Swahili
Means "born at wedding time" in Swahili.
ASABA m & f Tooro
ASADI m Eastern African
Masculine name in the Rotooro language, Uganda East Africa.
ASALI f Swahili
Means "honey" in Swahili.
ASANI m Swahili
Means "rebellious" in Swahili.
ASATIRA f Swahili
Means "history, legend" in Swahili.
ASMERET f Tigrinya
Means "united, unity" in Tigrinya.
ASMINI f Swahili
Swahili form of Jasmin.
ATHUMANI m Swahili
Means "third one" in Swahili.
ATIENA f Swahili
Means "guardian of the night" in Swahili.
ATURINDA m & f Eastern African, Nkore
Means "He -God- protects us" in Nkole, spoken in Uganda.
AWINO f Luo
Means "born with the cord around" in Luo.
AWUOR f Luo
Means "the greedy one" in Luo.
AXMED m Somali
Somali form of Ahmed.
AYAAN f Somali
Means "lucky, fortunate" or possibly "bright" in Somali.
AYAN f Somali
Variant of Ayaan.
AYANA f Amharic
Means "beautiful flower" in Amharic.
AYANLE m Somali
Masculine form of Ayan.
AYANNA f Eastern African, African American (Modern), Jamaican Patois
Possibly means "flower" in Amharic.
AYELECH f Amharic, Ethiopian
Means "she who is powerful" in Amharic.
AYEN f Dinka
Related with a specific kind of cow in Dinka language.
AYOU f Amharic, Ethiopian
Diminutive of Ayelech.
AZIZA f Eastern African
Means "gorgeous" in various African languages.
AZMERA f Amharic
Means "harvest, crop" in Amharic.
BAHARI f & m Swahili
Means "sea" or "ocean" in Swahili.
BAHATI f & m Eastern African
Means "luck, good fortune" in Swahili.
BAHTA m Tigrinya
Meaning unknown.
BAKAFFA m Eastern African
Bakaffa (throne name Asma Sagad, later Masih Sagad Ge'ez መሲህ ሰገድ, "to whom the anointed bows") was nəgusä nägäst (May 18, 1721 – September 19, 1730) of Ethiopia, and a member of the Solomonic dynasty... [more]
BAKARI m Swahili
Means "Hopeful" in Swahili.
BARKHAD m Somali
Possibly means "blessings" from Arabic بَرَكَة (baraka) "blessing, bless".
BARRE m Somali
A name that comes from the Somali word bare which means "teacher." Barre was the last name (meaning the first name of the grandfather of) Mohamed Siad Barre (Somali spelling: Maxamed Siyaad Barre). Siad Barre was the military ruler and president of Somali from 1969 until 1991.
BARUK m Ethiopian
Variant of Biruk.
BASHIIR m Somali
Somali form of Bashir.
BAXSAN f Somali
Means "escape" in Somali.
BELENDIA m Amharic
Means "say it out loud" or "do it right" in Amharic.
BELETE m Ethiopian
Possibly derived from the surname Belete.
BERUK m Ethiopian
Variant of Biruk.
BESELOT f Amharic
Means "gained through prayer" in Amharic.
BETAMI f Amharic
Means "lovely" in Amharic.
BETELIHEM f Ethiopian
It is a Christian name derived from Bethlehem.
BETHLEHEM f & m Judeo-Christian Legend, English (American, Rare), Biblical, Ethiopian (Rare), English (British)
From the two Hebrew words bayta "house" and lachem "bread". Bethlehem is the name of a Palestinian city. In the Bible, it is the place where Jesus was born.
BEYDAAN f Somali
Somali feminine name taken directly from the ordinary vocabulary word for "almond", which is perhaps ultimately from Persian بادام (bâdâm) "almond".
BILEN f Tigrinya
Means "beautiful" in Tigrinya.
BILEN f Amharic
Means "iris" in Amharic.
BIRABIRO f Amharic
Means "butterfly" in Amharic.
BIRITU m Amharic
Means "brave" in Amharic.
BIRUK m Ethiopian, African
Transferred use of the surname Biruk, after the footballer Shai Biruk.
BOL m & f Dinka
Means "twin" in Dinka.
BOMANI m Yao
Means "warrior" in Yao.
BORUK m Ethiopian
Variant of Biruk.
BURHAAN m Somali, Arabic
Means "charisma" in Somali and "proof" in Arabic.
BUSARA f Swahili
Means "wisdom" in Swahili.
BUSEJE f Yao
Means "ask me" in Yao.
BUUX m Somali
Means "full" in Somali.
CAA'ISHA f Somali (Rare)
Somali variant of Aisha.
CABAAS m Somali
Somali form of Abbas.
CABDI m Somali
Somali variant of Abdi.
CABDILLE m Somali
Somali form of Abdullah.
CABDULLAHI m Somali
Somali form of Abdullahi.
CALI m Somali
Somali form of Ali (1).
CANAB f Somali
Means "grape" in Somali.
CAWEYS m Somali
Means "night" in Somali.
CAWIL m Somali
A name that means "replacement." A family may give the name to a male whose father or older brother has died.
CAWO f Somali
A name that comes from the Somali word cawo which means "luck." Outside of Somalia, Somalis may spell it as Awo.
CAYNAANSHE m Somali
Means "cotton" in Somali.
CHALTU f Eastern African, Oromo
Means "being the best of the best" in Oromo.
CHAN m Dinka
Means "male child in the first pair of twins" in Dinka.
CHANIYA f Swahili
Means "wealthy" in Swahili.
CHAUSIKI f Swahili
Means "born at night" in Swahili.
CHERI f Amharic
Means "graceful" in Amharic.
CHIWA f Yao
Means "death" in Yao.
CHUKI f & m Swahili
Means "born during a time of hatred" in Swahili.
CIGAAL m Somali
Means "turban" in Somali.
CILMI m Somali
A name that derives from the word cilmi which means "knowledge" or "learning."
CUMAR m Somali
Somali form of Omar.
DAAHIR m Somali
Variant of Dahir.
DAGMAWIT f Eastern African, Amharic
Means "again, the second" in Amharic.
DAHIR m Somali
Somali form of Tahir.
DAI m Swahili
Means "demand" in Swahili.
DALILI f Swahili (Rare)
Means "omen, symbol" in Swahili.
DAMAMLI f Eastern African
beautiful vision
DANIACHEW m Amharic
Means "arbitrate between them" or "you be the judge" in Amharic.
DANIAT f Tigrinya
Means "judge" in Tigrinya.
DAWIT m Bashkir, Ge'ez, Amharic
Bashkir form of Dawud and Ge'ez and Amharic form of David.
DEGMO f Somali
Means "district" in Somali.
DEMETERIYA f Eastern African
Of unknown origin and meaning. ... [more]
DEMISSIE m Amharic
Means "destroyer" in Amharic.
DERESSE m Ethiopian, Amharic
Ethiopian name of unknown meaning.
DESITA f Amharic
Means "joy, happiness" in Amharic.
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.
DULANI m Yao
Means "cutting" in Yao.
DUMA m Swahili
Means "cheetah" in Swahili.... [more]
DUNIA m Swahili
Neans "world, earth," ultimately from Arabic dunyā (دُنْيَا) meaning "world, kingdom, universe."
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.
EKUNDU m Swahili
Swahili masculine name meaning "red".
EMEBET f Ethiopian, Amharic
Derived from Amharic ’əmäbēt "royal lady", this (former) honorific is nowadays used as a given name.... [more]
EMIYA f Amharic
Means "bliss" in Amharic.
ENKU f Amharic
This feminine name means "pearl" in Amharic.
ENZI f & m Swahili
Means "powerful" in Swahili.
ʿESATO f Eastern African, Amharic
Means "fire" in Amharic.... [more]
ESSET-AB f Amharic
means gift of god or persetion of God.
ESTOMIHI m Eastern African, Indonesian
The name is derived from the name of the sunday 50 days before easter. The Latin words Esto mihi are the first two words of Psalm 31:3 and mean "Thou art to me".
ETANA f Eastern African
Means "Strong One" in Swahili.
EYOB m Ethiopian
It is used in Ethiopia and means Job (j-obe) (from the Bible)
FAARAX m Somali
An old Somali name, not to be confused with the Arabic name Farah.
FADUMA f Somali
Somali variant of Fatimah.
FADUMO f Somali
Somali form of Fatima.
FAHARI m & f Swahili
Means "fame, honour, splendour" in Swahili.
FAHMO f Somali
Means "understanding" in Somali directly from the Arabic root f-h-m (see Fahim).
FARAJA f & m Swahili
Means "consolation, comfort" in Swahili.
FARDOWSA f Somali
Somali form of Firdaus.
FARHIYA f Swahili, Somali
Variant transcription of Fariha.
FASIKA m Amharic
Means "Easter" in Amharic.
FASSIL m Amharic
Means "Ethiopian king" in Amharic.
FEKER f Amharic
Means "love, affection" in Amharic.
FESSEHAYE m Tigrinya
Means "eternal happiness" in Tigrinya.
FETERA f Amharic
Means "creative" in Amharic.
FEWESI f & m Amharic
Means "to heal" in Amharic.
FIKIRI f Amharic
Means "love" in Amharic.
FIKRE f Ethiopian, African
Meaning "my love" or "love."
FILSAN f & m Somali (Rare)
The best of her/his age. ... [more]
FITSUM m & f Amharic
Means "absolute" in Amharic.
FREYHIWOT f Ethiopian, Amharic
Means "the seed that gave life" or "the fruit of life" in Amharic.
FREZER f Amharic
Means "fertile" in Amharic.
FWAYA m Luo
Originated amongst the LUO tribe in Kenya, East Africa. It is said to mean "Not serious" or "Taking things for Granted". It is also used by the Luhyas in Western province Kenya. But is common in the Nyaurang' Clan of Ugenya in Siaya County... [more]
GABRA f Ethiopian
Ethiopian girl's name, meaning "The gift of offering"
GADIID m Somali (Rare)
Its an old Somali name.
GALAYAX m Somali
Means "lighthouse" in Somali.
GALBEYTE m Somali
Means "in the west" in Somali.
GARANG m Dinka, African Mythology
According to the Dinka myths Garang is the First Man, created by Nhialic.
GEESI f Somali
Means "a courageous man, brave, hero" in Somali.
GEMECHU m Eastern African, Oromo
Means "joy, happiness" in Oromo.
GENAT f Amharic
Means "heaven" in Amharic.
GENET f Ethiopian
Ethiopian name meaning "paradise"
GUOR m Eastern African, Dinka
Meaning unknown. ... [more]
GUREY m Somali
A name that comes from the Somali word gurey, meaning "left-handed." This word is usually an adjective, but sometimes a name.
GUULEED m Somali
Means "victor" in Somali.
HABEN f Tigrinya
Means "pride" in Tigrinya.
HABON f & m Somali (Rare), Spanish
This name means when everything comes together at the right time and the right place. Beautiful.
HABTE m & f Ethiopian
According to some sources, Habte means "treasure/present/wealth/riches of".
HABTOM m Tigrinya (Modern)
Means "wealthy" in Tigrinya.
HAGOS m Tigrinya
Means "joy" in Tigrinya.
HAILE m Ge'ez, Amharic, Ethiopian
Means "power, force, strength" in Ge'ez and Amharic. This was the Ge'ez (baptismal) name of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie (1892-1975), who was born as Tafari Makonnen.
HAKIEM m Ethiopian, Amharic
Means "doctor" in Amharic.
HAKIZIMANA m Rwandan, African Mythology (Modern), Kinyarwanda, Kinyaburundi
A name which means "God saves everything," imana being the name of the original Rwandan/Burundian deity and now the modern word for God in all monotheistic usages within Rwanda and Burundi.
HAMELMAL f Amharic
Means "From The Bible" or "The Word".
HANJA f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "brown".
HARAMBEE m Swahili
Means "all pull together" in Swahili. It is the official motto of Kenya.
HEKIMA f & m Swahili
Means "wisdom" in Swahili.
HIBAAQ f Somali
Derived from Arabic هِبَة (hiba) meaning "gift, grant".
HIBAQ f Somali
Variant transcription of Hibaaq.
HIDAYA f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "beautiful".
HIWET f Amharic, Ethiopian
Variant transcription of Hiwot.
HODAN f Somali
A Somali name that means "wealthy, rich." Hodan is the Somali word for "wealth, rich." This is one of the most common traditional Somali names.
HOODO f Somali
This name comes from the Somali word hoodo which means "luck, fortunate." Somalis outside of Somalia may spell the name as Hodo.
IBRAAHIIM m Somali
Somali form of Abraham.
IBRAAHIM m Somali
Somali form of Abraham.
IBRAAHIN m Somali (Archaic)
Somali form of Abraham, now perhaps archaic. This name was borne by Ibraahin Adeer (ruled late 17th century to mid-18th century), the first sultan of the Sultanate of the Geledi, a Somali kingdom that ruled parts of the Horn of Africa from the late 17th century to 1910.
IBRAHIIM m Somali (Archaic)
Somali form of Abraham, now perhaps archaic.
IBSITUU f Eastern African, Oromo
Means "light" in Oromo.
IDIL f Somali
Somali form of Idil.
IDILI f & m Amharic
Means "luck, opportunity" in Amharic.
IIMAAN f & m Somali
Somali form of Iman. One notable bearer of this name is Somalian-born American model Iman (born 1955).
IL-SHVAI f Amharic
Amharic form of Elizabeth.
IMARA f Swahili
Means "strong, firm, stable" in Swahili.
INIKU f Amharic
Means "jewel" in Amharic.
ISAYA m Swahili
Swahili form of Isaiah.
ISKINDER m Amharic
Amharic form of Alexander.