Northern African Submitted Names

Northern African names include those from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, and Western Sahara. See also about African names.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ABIBAfNorthern African
Has its origins in the Moroccan language and means "first child born after the grandmother has died."
ADDImNorthern African
Frequently used by Amazigh people (Berbers) in North Africa and by Amazigh immigrants in Europe and elsewhre.
ADERFImBerber (Rare)
Means "the released" in Berber.
Meaning unknown.
AGHILASmBerber, Northern African
Means "tiger" in Central Atlas Tamazight or "leopard, panther" in Kabyle.
AKLImBerber, Northern African
Means "slave, prisoner, captive" in Kabyle. It was historically used to refer to Tuareg slaves and servants, who are typically dark-skinned in colour.
AKSILmBerber, Northern African, History
Means "cheetah" or "leopard" in Shawiya Tamazight. This was the real name of Kusaila (كسيلة), a 7th-century Berber king.
AMASTANmBerber, Northern African
Means "protector, defender", derived from the Tamazight root esten meaning "to protect, to defend".
AMAZIGHmBerber, Northern African
Derived from the Central Atlas Tamazight word ⴰⵎⴰⵣⵉⵖ (Amaziɣ), which is the self-designation of the Berber (Amazigh) people of North Africa. The name itself is of unknown meaning, though folk etymologies claim the meaning of "free-man", deriving from Taznatit (Gurara) aze meaning "to be strong" and Tamasheq (a variety of Turareg) jeɣeɣ meaning "to be brave"... [more]
AMEZIANEmBerber, Northern African
Variant of Meziane (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
ANAROUZmBerber, Northern African
Variant transcription of Anaruz.
ANARUZmBerber, Northern African
Means "hope" in Tamazight.
ANIRmBerber, Northern African
Means "angel" in Tamazight.
AREZKImBerber, Northern African
Kabyle name meaning "one who nourishes" or "benefactor", derived from the Tamazight root rzq meaning "nourishing, beneficial".
AREZQImBerber, Northern African
Variant transcription of Arezki.
AXILmBerber (Rare)
Means "cheetah" in Berber.
Meaning unknown.
Meaning unknown.
BABIKERmNorthern African, Arabic
Sudanese name possibly derived from the given name Bakr or from Arabic بَكَرَ (bakara) meaning "first born" or "to be early, to rise early".
BADISmBerber (Rare)
The meaning of this name is unknown but several kings had this name.
BAKHTAfAfrican, Arabic, Berber
Means "starry" in Berber.
Meaning unknown.
Meaning unknown.
BAYAfBerber, Northern African
Kabyle name of unknown meaning.
Meaning unknown.
DAMYAfBerber, Northern African, History
Tamazight feminine given name, an alternative possible given name of the Berber warrior-queen and leader Kahina.
Coptic Christian (Ge'ez) word for the piercing on Jesus' left palm.
Feminine form of Danat.
DAWITmBashkir, Ge'ez, Amharic
Bashkir form of Dawud and Ge'ez and Amharic form of David.
DIHYAfBerber, Northern African, History
Meaning unknown. This was the real name of Kahina, an Amazigh warrior queen who resisted Arab expansion into North Africa.
Variant of Dihya.
ELKAISSAfBerber (Rare)
Possibly means "the pause" from Kabyle Berber.
Variant of Fadhma used in Morocco.
Meaning unknown.
HAILEmGe'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.
IGIDERmBerber (Rare)
Mighty and strong, this name stands for ‘eagle’ in one of the Berber languages.
ILLIfBerber (Rare)
Literally "My daughter"
Meaning unknown.
From the berber word meaning "Olive tree".
IZEMRASENmBerber (Rare)
Means "powerful" in Berber.
IZÎLmBerber (Rare)
Izîl stands for ‘sublime and magnificent’.
Juba I was a King of Numidia. He was the son and successor to King of Numidia Hiempsal II. Juba was the father of King of Numidia and later Mauretania Juba II
JUGURTHAmAfrican, Berber
Jugurtha was a King of Numidia, born in Cirta (Constantine currently). The name Jugurtha might be a Libyan name and phrase meaning: (he) is greater than them.
KAÏNAfBerber, French
French variant spelling of Kahina.
This name means "Lady"... [more]
LOUNÈSmBerber, Northern African
Means "companion" or "to keep company" in Kabyle, possibly of Arabic origin.
LOUNISmBerber, Northern African
Variant transcription of Lounès (chiefly Algerian).
LUNJAfBerber (Rare)
Lunja stands for a fairytale princess.
Meaning unknown.
means "Their Master"
A term of respect meaning "Mistress" and a name usually given to high born.
A Term of respect meaning "Master" and a name given to high born.
MASSINISSAmBerber, Northern African, History
Means "their lord" from the consonants MSNSN, in turn derived from Tamazight mas meaning "lord" and n sen meaning "to them". This was the name of a Berber ruler and the first King of Numidia.
MEKIOUSSAfBerber (Rare)
Of Kabyle Berber origin with an unknown meaning.
Meaning unknown.
Meaning unknown.
MEZIANmBerber (Rare), Northern African (Rare)
Variant of Meziane (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
MEZIANEmBerber, Northern African
Derived from Tamazight meẓyan meaning "young, little".
MOULAYmNorthern African
From an honorific title used by descendants of Moulay Ali Cherif, the founder of the Alaouite dynasty of Morocco.
MUNATASmBerber (Rare)
This name means to ‘gather around a special person’.... [more]
Personal name of Naravas, a Berber Numidian king and Hannibal's brother in law.
NOUMIDIAfBerber (Rare), Arabic (Maghrebi, Rare)
A modern coinage derived from the name of the Ancient Berber kingdom and later Roman province Numidia.... [more]
SABREmAfrican, Muslim, Northern African, Iranian, Arabic (Egyptian)
African, Islamic name for boys meaning patient, sharp and enduring.
SEGULAfJewish, Northern African
Hebrew word name, it has several meanings.... [more]
SIDRAfJewish, Northern African
Means "order, sequence" in Hebrew. It refers to a weekly reading portion of the Torah, so the whole Torah is completed every year. This name is typical of North African Jewry.
SIMANfBerber (Rare)
Siman stands for 'two souls', referring to parents, the name in away implies the child is their combination or fruit.
SURAfMuslim, Berber
A Surah, also spelled Surat or Sura, is a chapter of the Qur'an.
TADERFITfBerber (Rare)
Means "liberation" in Berber.
TADLAfBerber (Rare)
Means "branches" in Berber.
TAFRARAfBerber, Northern African
Means "aurora, dawn" in Kabyle (chiefly Algerian).
TAFSUTfBerber, Northern African
Means "spring, springtime" in Kabyle (chiefly Algerian).
It stands for ‘pious or holy’
Means "brave" in Berber.
Means "warmth" in Berber.
Meaning unknown.
the name itself means ‘first born’.... [more]
Means "happy" in Berber.
TANARUZfBerber, African
Feminine form of Anaruz.
Means "love" when used as a name. Literally means "liver," the organ thought to be the seat of emotions, much like the heart's role in Western cultures.
TASSADITfBerber, Northern African
Algerian Kabyle name derived from Arabic سَعْد (saʿd) meaning "good fortune, luck, success" combined with the Tamazight prefix and suffix ⵜⴰ- (ta-) and -ⵜ (-t), respectively.
TIKUNAfJewish, Northern African
From Hebrew tikun, "repair, rectification".... [more]
TILELLIfBerber, Northern African
Means "freedom" in Kabyle (chiefly Algerian).
Means The"Nice"
TIZEMTfBerber (Rare), Northern African (Rare)
Means "lioness" in Tamazight, ultimately from ⵉⵣⴻⵎ (izem) meaning "lion" (chiefly Moroccan).
TIZIRIfBerber, Northern African
Means "moonlight" in Kabyle.
TUKAfBerber, Arabic
Variant of Touka.
this name means ‘one who is well-built’.
Meaning unknown.
Meaning unknown.
WAGGUTENmBerber (Rare)
It means ‘one who will proliferate’ and reflects the abundance of life.
WARMAKSANmBerber (Rare)
this name means ‘without enemy or undefeatable’.
YEDDERmBerber (Rare)
Though this name symbolizes immortality, it indicates a sense of unbroken spirit or uncaptured soul.
YIDIRmBerber, Northern African
Variant transcription of Idir.
"Their greatest"
ZINEBfBerber, Arabic (Maghrebi)
Tamazight form of Zaynab used mainly in Morocco.
This name is derived from the masculine name Ziri, which is derived from Taziri, meaning moonlight.
Means "moonshine" in Berber.