Shona Submitted Names

Shona names are used by the Shona people of Zimbabwe.
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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".
AYANDAfShona
Means "we are many" in Shona.
BANGAmShona
Means "knife" or "sword" in Shona. Banga is the name of a Ngbandi god of water.
BONGAIfShona
Means "be thankful" in a Shona dialect.
BVUMAImShona
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
CHAMIRAImShona
Means "be focused and diligent" in Shona.
CHENGETAIm & fAfrican, Shona
To protect/to take care of
CHENJERAImShona
Chenjerai means "Be on guard, wisen up". Chenjerai Hunzvi the Zimbabwean Freedom Fighter is one bearer of this name.
CHIMURENGAmShona
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.
CHIVIMBISOfShona
Means "the promise" in Shona.
CHOKWADImShona
Means "truth" in Shona.
DADIRAIfShona
Means "show off" in Shona.
DANAIfShona
Means "loving each other" in Shona.
DANANAIm & fShona
Means "love each other" in Shona.
DZIKAMAImShona
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.
DZINASHEmShona
Dzinashe means "It's with the Lord". One well known bearer of this name is Dzinashe Machingura.
FADZAIfShona
make happy/ please
FADZISOfShona
Means "one who brings happiness" in Shona.
FUNGANAYImShona
Means "remember each other" in Shona.
GAMUCHIRAIfShona
Means "accept or receive" in Shona. It is typically given to a child born out of wedlock.
GARIKAImShona
Means "Live well, safe, healthy and prosperous".
GONDAImShona
Means "to trust or place hope in" in Shona.
GWINYAImShona
Gwinyai means "be strong". The Zimbabwean tennis player Gwinyai Tongoona is a famous bearer of this name.
HAMUNYARIfShona
Hamunyari means "Have you no shame". This name is given in a feuding situation.
HAZVINEIfShona
Hazvinei means "Never mind, no worries". This name may be given by a parent who was offended
IBWEmShona
Means "stone builder" in Shona.
IDAIfShona
Means "love them" in Shona.
IRIKIDZAIfShona
Means "to add to" in Shona.
IRIKIDZAYImShona
Means "add another one" in Shona.
KAMBEUmShona
Kambeu means "little seed". This name may be given to a child who was very small at birth
KARIKOGAmShona
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... [more]
KUCHINEImShona
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.
KUDAKWASHEm & fShona
Means "the Lord's will" in Shona.
KUDZAIm & fShona
Means "respect" in Shona.
KUDZOKAfShona
Means "to come back".
KUNDAIfShona
Means "overcome" in Shona.
KUTENDAf & mShona
Means "faith" or "to thank" in Shona.
MAITAfShona
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]
MAJAYAmShona
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.
MAKANAKAfShona
Makanaka means "You are good". #This name is usually given in praise of God".
MAKATENDEKAm & fShona
Means "you are faithful (to God)" in Shona.
MAKOMBOREROfShona
Means "blessings" in Shona.
MANATSAmShona
Means "you have made perfect" in Shona.
MASIMBAmShona
Means "powers, energy" in Shona. Other meanings are possible.
MASVITAfShona
Means "thank you" in Shona.
MAZVITAfShona
Means "we are grateful" or "many thanks" in Shona.
MIRAIfShona
Means "wait" 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.
MUFAROfShona
Means "happiness" in Shona.
MUNATSImShona
Munatsi means "One who makes perfect".
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"
MUSANETEmAfrican, Shona
Means "do not get tired" in Shona.
MUTSAfShona
Means "mercy" in Shona.
MWAITAISHEf & mShona
Means "Thank you God" in Shona.
NAMATAImShona
Namatai means "Pray or praise and worship God".
NDAKAITEIfShona
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.
NGONImShona
Ngoni means "Mercy or kindness".
NGWARAImShona
Ngwarai means "Be diligent, wisen up, be on guard".
NHOROmShona
Means "antelope" in Shona.
NOKUTENDAm & fShona
Zimbabwean name meaning, "with gratitude (associated with faith in God)."
NUNURAIm & fShona
Means "rescue" or "save us" in Shona.
NYADZAYOm & fShona
Zimbabwean
NYARADZOfShona
Means "peacemaker" or "comforter" in Shona.
NYASHAfShona
Means "merciful" in Shona.
NYASHADZASHEm & fShona
its from zimbabwe and is in the shona language it means Gods grace
ONAIfShona
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
PAIDAMOYOf & mShona (Modern)
What the heart desired was granted
PANGANAImShona
Means "to consult or advise each other". #This name is a call to cohesion as a family shown by seeking counsel from each other"
PANGANAYImShona
Panganayi means "consult or confer together".
PARADZAImShona
Paradzai means "destroy". This is possibly addressing an adversary challenging them to destroy what you have if they can".
PEMBERAImShona
Means "celebrate" in Shona.
PETINAfShona
The name of the Zimbabwian writer Petina Gappah.
RAVIROfShona
Means "promise, oath or pledge" in Shona.
REGAImShona
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
ROPAFADZOfShona
Means "blessing from God" in Shona.
RUGAREmShona
Means "peace, well being" in Shona.
RUKARIROf & mShona
Derived from Rukariro of Shona of origin, a name meaning Hope.
RUNAKOm & fShona
Means "beauty" in Shona.
RUNYARAROfShona
Means "peace" in Shona.
RURAMAIm & fShona
Means "be righteous" in Shona.
RUREGEREROmShona
Ruregerero means "Forgiveness". This name may be given by a parent seeking forgiveness.
RUVAfShona
Means "flower" in Shona.
RUVARASHEfShona
Means "the Lord's flower" in Shona.
RUVHENEKOm & fShona
Means "Enlightenment". This name is a declaration that we have seen or received enlightenment or better circumstances
RUVIMBOfShona
Means "trust" in Shona.
RUWADZANOfShona
Means "togetherness" in Shona.
SAMEREmShona
Shona form of Samuel.
SAMEROmShona
Shona form of Samuel.
SAMHURImShona
Means "family head".
SARUDZAIfShona
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"
SHAMISOfShona
Means "amazing" in Shona.
SHINGIRAYIf & mShona
Derived from Shingirayi of Shona origin, a name meaning "be strong"
SHUNGUDZEMWOYOmShona
Means "yearnings of the heart" in Shona.
SIMBARASHEmShona
Means "power of God" in Shona
SIMBISOfShona
Means "One who strengthens or source of encouragement".
SIMUKAImShona
Means "rise up" in Shona.
TADAIRAISHEm & fShona (Anglicized, Rare)
Those who answered God's call/agreed or believed in God's word
TADIWANASHEm & fShona
Zimbabwean name....it mean God is proud of us
TADIWANASHEmShona
Means "God loves us" in Shona.
TAFARAmShona
We are happy
TAFUMAmShona
We are now rich, we are enriched
TAGUTSWAmShona
Means "we are pleased" in Shona.
TAKAWIRAmShona
Means "we have fallen" in Shona.
TAKUDZWAmShona
Means "we have been honoured" in Shona.
TAMAYIm & fShona
Means "move from here" in Shona.
TAMUDAmShona
"we love him"
TANAKAm & fShona
Means "we are good, we are blessed" in Shona.
TANATSWAm & fShona
Means "We have been perfected". This is referencing the act of a benefactor who blesses
TANYARADZWAfShona
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".
TATADZEIKOfShona
Means "what wrong have we done?" in Shona.
TAURAYIm & fShona
Means "speak out, speak up!" in Shona.
TAUYAm & fShona
Means "we have come" in Shona.
TAVAZIVAmShona
Tavaziva means "We know them". This name is given in a feuding situation to say we know who the enemy is.
TERERAIm & fShona
Tererai means "listen, pay attention".
TINAYEmShona
Tinaye means "We have got him or her". Former Manicaland Provincial Governor Tinaye Chigudu is one well known bearer of this name.
TINOPIWANASHEfShona
Means "we are given by God" in Shona.
TIRIVANHUmShona
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".
TIZIRAImShona
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
TOENDEPImShona
Means "Where shall we go". #This name is given where a family has grievances against their neighbours and desire to move away".
TONDERAImShona
Means "remember" in Shona.
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
TSUNGIRIRAImShona
Means "perseverance" in Shona.
TUTSIRAImShona
Means "add to what's already there" in Shona.
UNASHEm & fShona
Means "God is with you" in Shona.
UPENYUmShona
Upenyu means "life". This may be given by a parent meditating over the circumstances of life.
VARAIDZOmShona
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.
VIMBAINASHEfShona
Means "have faith in God" in Shona.
VIMBOfShona
Means "faith, trust" in Shona.
VONGAIfShona
Means "Be thankful". This name is both a call to be thankful and an expression of gratitude.
VUSHEMADZOROmShona
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]
WADZANAIm & fShona
Means "be in cordial fellowship" in Shona.
WEDZERAIfShona
Means "add onto" in Shona.
WENYASHAm & fShona
Means "merciful" in Shona.
YEMURAIfShona
Means "appreciate" in Shona.
YEUKAIfShona
Means "remember" in Shona.
ZADZISAIm & fShona
Means "fulfill" in Shona.
ZARANYIKAmShona
Means "populate the world" in Shona.
ZENDAYAfAfrican American, Shona
Variant of Tendai. A famous bearer is Zendaya Coleman (1996-) (mononymously known as Zendaya) an American actress, singer, and dancer.
ZIVAImShona
Means "know" in Shona.
ZVICHANZIIm & fShona
Means "what is it?" in Shona.
ZVIDZAImShona
Means "despise, look down upon" in Shona.
ZVIKOMBOREROfShona
Means "blessings" in Shona.