Swahili Submitted Names

Swahili names are used by Swahili speakers in eastern Africa.
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ABIGAILI f Biblical, Swahili
Swahili form of Abigail.
ADAMU m Amharic, Swahili, Hausa
Amharic, Swahili, and Hausa form of Adam.
ADHRA f Swahili
Means "apology" in Swahili.
ADIA f Igede, Swahili
Means "queen" in Igede and "(valuable) gift" in Swahili, from Hausa adia "gift".
AMONDI f Swahili
Swahili form of Amani.
AMRI m Swahili, Arabic
Means "command" in Swahili.
ANASA f Swahili
Means "joy" in Swahili.
ANDWELE m Swahili
Means "God brings me" in Swahili.
ANGAVU m Swahili
Swahili masculine name meaning "clear, lucid".
ARUSI f Swahili
Means "born at wedding time" in Swahili.
ASALI f Swahili
Means "honey" in Swahili.
ASANI m Swahili
Means "rebellious" in Swahili.
ASATIRA f Swahili
Means "history, legend" in Swahili.
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.
BAHARI f & m Swahili
Means "sea" or "ocean" in Swahili.
BAKARI m Swahili
Means "Hopeful" in Swahili.
BUSARA f Swahili
Means "wisdom" in Swahili.
CHANIYA f Swahili
Means "wealthy" in Swahili.
CHAUSIKI f Swahili
Means "born at night" in Swahili.
CHUKI f & m Swahili
Means "born during a time of hatred" in Swahili.
DAI m Swahili
Means "demand" in Swahili.
DALILI f Swahili (Rare)
Means "omen, symbol" in Swahili.
DUMA m Swahili
Means "cheetah" in Swahili.... [more]
DUNIA m Swahili
Neans "world, earth," ultimately from Arabic dunyā (دُنْيَا) meaning "world, kingdom, universe."
EKUNDU m Swahili
Swahili masculine name meaning "red".
ENZI f & m Swahili
Means "powerful" in Swahili.
FAHARI m & f Swahili
Means "fame, honour, splendour" in Swahili.
FARAJA f & m Swahili
Means "consolation, comfort" in Swahili.
FARHIYA f Swahili, Somali
Variant transcription of Fariha.
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.
HIDAYA f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "beautiful".
IMARA f Swahili
Means "strong, firm, stable" in Swahili.
ISAYA m Swahili
Swahili form of Isaiah.
JANA f Swahili
Means "yesterday" in Swahili.
JASIRI f Swahili
Means "bold, courageous" in Swahili.
JINA f Swahili
Means "to walk" in Swahili.
JUMA m Arabic, Swahili, Uyghur
Means "Friday" in Arabic, considered the most sacred day in Islamic belief.
KASKAZI f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "north wind" or "hot season, summer".
KIAH f Swahili
Means "dawn" in Swahili.
KIAPO m Swahili
Swahili masculine name meaning "oath".
KIBIBI f Swahili
Means "little lady" in Swahili.
KIBURI f & m Swahili
Means "pride" in Swahili.
KIJANA m & f Swahili
Means "boy" in Swahili.
KIJANI m Swahili
Means "warrior" in Swahili.
KIMBILIO m Swahili
Swahili masculine name meaning "refuge".
KIMYA f Swahili
Means "silent" in Swahili. This is the name of musician Kimya Dawson.
KINUBI m Swahili
Swahili masculine name meaning "harp".
KIOJAH f Swahili
Means "miracle" in Swahili.
KIPEPEO f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "butterfly".
KISIMA f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "water spring".
KIUME m Swahili
Swahili masculine name meaning "stamina, strength".
KIWARA f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "savannah".
KOVU m Swahili
It's Kiswahili for "Scar" and possibly, and is used in the Lion King 2. Kovu was chosen by Scar to become King before Simba returned to Pride Rock. Kovu's Mother Zira almost let Simab kill him when he was just a cub when they were caught in the Pridelands, but Simba told her to take him and leave before departing with his own daughter Kiara... [more]
KURUNZI m Swahili
Swahili masculine name meaning "torch".
KUSIIMA m Ganda (Modern), Swahili, Kiga
Means "thankful" in Swahili, Kiga, and Ganda.
KWELI f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "truth".
LAILATI f Indonesian, Swahili
Derived from Arabic لَيْل (layl) meaning "night".
MADAHA f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "grace".
MAISHA f Swahili (Modern)
Means "life" in Swahili.
MAJANI f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "leaves (of a plant)".
MAKINI m & f Swahili
Means "of good character" or "strength of character" in Swahili.
MARIAMU f Swahili
Swahili form of Miriam.
MAVUNO m Swahili
Swahili masculine name meaning "harvest time".
MKARKARA f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "passion flower".
MRIHANI f Swahili
Swahili form of Reyhan.
MULELE m African, Swahili
"Flying man," "man who flies," or "man of flight." The prefix "mu-" expresses "man of" or "man from" in the Swahili language. One interpretation would be that this is approximately equal to "angel," but because there are numerous parts of Africa where there are lots of devout Christians, I would lean towards the interpretation "man who runs quickly."
MWEZI m Swahili
Swahili masculine name meaning "moon" or "month".
NAKI f Swahili
the first born girl in the family
NASHIPIE f Swahili
This is a Maasai name given to young girls, meaning "joy"
NATHARI f Swahili
Means "prose" in Swahili.
NAYFA f Swahili
Means "benefit" in Swahili.
NELAH f Swahili (Rare)
Gift with purpose. Composition if Nia (meaning purpose) and Nala (meaning gift)
NIARA f Eastern African, Swahili
Means of high purpose
NJOZI f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "dream".
NUHU m Hausa, Swahili
Hausa and Swahili form of Noah.
NWABUDIKE m African, Swahili
A name in the Swahili language, which means "the son is the father's power," or "the strength of a father comes from his son."... [more]
NYOKA f & m Literature, African American, Swahili
A name created by Edgar Rice Burroughs for his novel Nyoka The Jungle Girl. ... [more]
NYONI f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "bird".
NYUKI f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "bee".
PAMBE m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "decorated" in Swahili.
PUMBAA m Popular Culture, Swahili
Means "to be foolish, silly, weak-minded, careless, negligent" in Swahili. This is the name of the warthog in Disney's 'The Lion King' (1994).
RUA m & f Swahili
used mainly among swahili community for both boys and girls. ... [more]
RUBANI m Swahili
A pilot
SADAKA m Swahili
Means "a religious offering" in Swahili.
SADAO f Swahili
Means "leader" in Swahili.
SADIKI m Swahili
Means "believe" in Swahili.
SAFARI f & m Swahili, African
In swahili means journey. used commonly by eastern bantus in kenya. Name given to babies born when traveling or alot of traveling by a relative. Also this name is used to market tourist sites and destination in east africa(kenya)... [more]
SAMWELI m Swahili
Swahili form of Samuel.
SARABI f Swahili
Means "mirage" in Swahili
SARAFINA f Swahili
Apparently means "bright star" in Swahili. The name might be best known from the South African musical "Sarafina!" Also, the name is often easily confused with the Hebrew name Seraphina, but despite looking similar in appearance, both names clearly have completely different etymologies.
SAUTI f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "voice, noise".
SEIF m Arabic (Maghrebi), Arabic (Egyptian), Swahili
Maghrebi and Egyptian transcription of Saif.
SHANI f Swahili
Means "wonder" in Swahili.
SHIDA m & f Swahili, Persian
The name is originated from Arabic language meaning horrible, suffering, hardness or struggles
SKOLASTIKA f Indonesian, Swahili, Bulgarian, Croatian, Serbian
Indonesian, Swahili, Croatian, Serbian and Bulgarian form of Scholastica.
SUNGARA f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "rabbit, hare".
SWALA f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "antelope".
TAKATIFU m Swahili
Swahili masculine name meaning "sacred, holy".
TAMBIKA f Swahili
Means "offering" in Swahili.
TAMU f Swahili
Means "sweet" in Swahili.
TATU m & f Swahili
Means "three" in Swahili. It is often given to the third-born child.
TISA m & f Swahili
Means "nine" in Swahili. It is often given to the ninth-born child.
TUERE f Swahili (Rare)
Means "sacred" in Swahili.
TUFANI f & m Swahili
Means "storm" in Swahili.
TUKUFU m Swahili
Means "exalted" in Swahili.
UDEERA f Swahili
Udeera was a baby born in the covenant of kings in africa she went through trials and tribulations growing up , stories told that god helped her throughout hard times and starvation.... [more]
UHURU m Swahili
Means "freedom" in Swahili.
UMANDE f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "dew".
UMOJA f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "unity, harmony".
USHINDI m Swahili
Swahili masculine name meaning "victory, triumph".
USIKU m Swahili
Swahili masculine name meaning "night".
WARIDI f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "rose", ultimately from the Arabic Warda.
YAKOBO m Swahili
Swahili form of Jacob or James.
YOHANA m Swahili
Swahili form of John.
YOHANE m Swahili
Swahili from of John.
ZAHUR m Swahili
Means "flower" in Swahili.
ZAWADI f Swahili
It means 'gift, present' in Swahili.
ZENDE m Swahili
Means "strong, firm" in Swahili.
ZUHRI m Swahili
Means "good looking" or "handsome" in Swahili.
ZUWENA f Swahili
Means "small and beautiful" in Swahili.
ZWATIE m Swahili
Means "people of language" in Swahili.