Shona Submitted Names
are used by the Shona people of Zimbabwe.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ANAISHEf & mShona
Derived from Shona anashe
, meaning "who is with God".
Means "knife" or "sword" in Shona. Banga is the name of a Ngbandi god of water.
Bvumai means "Admit". This may be a name given to say to adversary admit that you were wrong, you were defeated or that you committed the offence
Chenjerai means "Be on guard, wisen up". Chenjerai Hunzvi the Zimbabwean Freedom Fighter is one bearer of this name.
Chimurenga is a Shona word roughly translated to English as, "revolutionary struggle". The Shona language is spoken by the Shona people of Zimbabwe. This word is sometimes used as a given name.
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 means "It's with the Lord". One well known bearer of this name is Dzinashe Machingura.
Means "accept or receive" in Shona. It is typically given to a child born out of wedlock.
Means "Live well, safe, healthy and prosperous".
Means "to trust or place hope in" in Shona.
Gwinyai means "be strong". The Zimbabwean tennis player Gwinyai Tongoona is a famous bearer of this name.
Hamunyari means "Have you no shame". This name is given in a feuding situation
Hazvinei means "Never mind, no worries". This name may be given by a parent who was offended
Kambeu means "little seed". This name may be given to a child who was very small at birth
Karikoga means "One who is alone". The name may be given to say that one who lives alone or was born alone without siblings". The man Karikoga Kaseke, a Zimbabwean Civil Servant is a well known bearer of this name
Kuchinei means "What more is left to do, to see or to say" This name may be given by a parent who is at their wit's end
. The Zimbabwean singer of the 1970-80s Kuchinei Chikupo was one well known bearer of this name.
A Shona (Zimbabwean) name that implies gratitude for something that has been done well. It may be spelt as Mayita or Mazvita depending on the area of origin of the speaker.... [more]
Given to the last male born of the the family born in the same year. If families have male children in a given year the last to be born normally carries the name. The year of boys.
Makanaka means "You are good". #This name is usually given in praise of God".
Means "powers, energy" in Shona. Other meanings are possible.
Means "we are grateful" or "many thanks" in Shona.
MIRIROf & mAfrican, Shona
Started in the early 1900's. Name was given to the second born daughter of the family. Name means "to be expected." Basically the one who was waited for.
MOTSIm & fShona
Means "first one" or "one who has matted hair" in Shona.
MUNESUf & mShona
Means "God is with us" or "God is within us" in Shona.
MUNEYINAZVOf & mShona
Derived from Muneyinazvo of Shona origin, a name meaning "what have you to do with it"
Namatai means "Pray or praise and worship God".
Means "What did I do?" This name is an expression of regret by a parent. Usually given by a single mother whose partner does not take responsibility of the child born
Ngwarai means "Be diligent, wisen up, be on guard".
NOKUTENDAm & fShona
Means "with gratitude (associated with faith in God)" in Shona.
NYASHADZASHEm & fShona
its from zimbabwe and is in the shona language it means Gods grace
Means "Look and see". This name may be given in various circumstances calling the hearer to look and see what transpired especially before and around the birth of that child
Means "to consult or advise each other". #This name is a call to cohesion as a family shown by seeking counsel from each other"
Paradzai means "destroy". This is possibly addressing an adversary challenging them to destroy what you have if they can".
The name of the Zimbabwian writer Petina Gappah.
Regai means "Let it be, leave it alone"
REVAIm & fShona
Means "Talk or gossip about". This is a name given to address neighbours that continue to gossip about your family
RUKARIROf & mShona
Derived from Rukariro of Shona of origin, a name meaning Hope.
Ruregerero means "Forgiveness". This name may be given by a parent seeking forgiveness
RUVHENEKOm & fShona
Means "Enlightenment". This name is a declaration that we have seen or received enlightenment or better circumstances
Means "Be selective or discriminate". #Depending on circumstances the name may be a call to be selective in what you do or maybe blaming someone for being discriminating"
SHINGIRAYIf & mShona
Derived from Shingirayi of Shona origin, a name meaning "be strong"
Means "One who strengthens or source of encouragement".
TANAKAm & fShona
Means "we are good, we are blessed" in Shona.
Means "we have been consoled", "we have found comfort" in Shona, often bestowed upon a girl born after a tragedy or difficulty, she being the source of consolation or comfort; the implied meaning is "blessing, godsend".
Tavaziva means "We know them". This name is given in a feuding situation to say we know who the enemy is
Tinaye means "We have got him or her". Former Manicaland Provincial Governor Tinaye Chigudu is one well known bearer of this name.
Means "We are people". This name says do not look down upon us or take us for granted, we are human like you
TIRIVASHEm & fShona
Means "We belong to the Lord". #This is a Christian name for believers declaring their loyalty to God".
Means "Run to". This refers to running to take refuge in
TODINIm & fShona
Means "What shall we do?". This is a name of exclamation or questioning given by a parent who is lost regarding what to do in their circumstances
Means "Where shall we go". #This name is given where a family has grievances against their neighbours and desire to move away".
TOPERESUf & mShona
"Flaming sword" believed to be used by the kings
TOREVEIm & fShona
Means "What shall we say?". This is a name of exclamation or questioning given by a parent who is a lost for words regards the situation they are in
Upenyu means "life". This may be given by a parent meditating over the circumstances of life.
Varaidzo means "One who keeps company". This is given to acknowledge your child as one with whom you keep company. It is common to give this name to a child born in your later years
Means "Be thankful". This name is both a call to be thankful and an expression of gratitude.
The name comes from Shona tribes in which KingShip was prevalent. This name was usually given to the chosen next bearer of the throne. The name means the Kingship turnover, i.e. the practice of succeeding a leader... [more]