South African Submitted Names
are used in the Republic of South Africa.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ANDZILE m & f Tsonga
Means "multiplied and increased" in Xitsonga.
ANELE m & f Zulu
Means "be enough; be sufficient; be adequate" in Zulu.
BAFANA m Zulu
Derived from Zulu abafana
, the plural form of umfana
, meaning "boy, young man."
BEHATI f Afrikaans
Possibly an Afrikaans variant of Beata
. It is the name of Namibian fashion model Behati Prinsloo (b. 1989).
BHEKUMBUSO m Zulu (Rare)
Means "look after the kingdom", from Zulu bheka
"look after" and umbuso
BONGI f South African
This is the name of Bongi Makeba who was a South African singer/songwriter. She was the only child of singer Miriam Makeba with her first husband, James Kubay.
CÉZANNE f & m English, Afrikaans
From the French artist, Paul Cézanne. This name is sometimes used as a feminine name by Afrikaners in South Africa due to its similarity to Suzanne
CHARL m South African
South African form of CHARLES
. Notable bearers include Charl Willoughby, cricket player and Charl Schwartzel, golf player.
DAWIE m Afrikaans
Related to David and is the Afrikaans version of David mostly used in South Africa.
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. In this case, however, the origin of the name is uncertain; it might be an adoption of the French name, but it is equally possible that it is a modern coinage, perhaps based on Dolly
and names that end in -linde
FANYANA m Zulu
From Zulu umfanyana
meaning "little boy".
GOODWILL m Zulu, South African, Literature
Derives from the Medieval English gode
meaning "good", plus will
, "wish or desire", and was originally given as a complimentary nickname to an amiable person, favourably disposed towards others... [more]
GUGU f Xhosa
Means "our pride" in Xhosa. A famous bearer is actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
GUGU f Zulu
From Zulu igugu
IGMAR m Afrikaans
Afrikaans. Combination of his mother and fathers name. Siegfried and Marieta. Ig and Mar. Combined Igmar
INYONI f Zulu
Derived from Zulu inyoni
JOMEIN f South African
The name was created by combining two family names; Johanna (common first name) and Meintjies (surname). The meaning of the name unknown.
KHWEZI m & f Zulu
Means "bright morning star" in Zulu.
LANDI f Afrikaans
Short from of Yolandi
. This name is borne by South African model Landi Swanepoel (b. 1979).
LANGA m Zulu
From Zulu ilanga
"sun, sunshine, day".
LINDA m Zulu
Means "wait!" in Zulu (note that this is the imperative singular form of -linda
LIYEMA f Xhosa
Means "stability in the family" in Xhosa.
LUBANZI m South African, Xhosa
Means "upper layer, flat and clear surface" (usually directed or linked to the love parents have for the child).