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I really like this name. Don't see how people think it's trashy to be named after a continent or country etc. Maybe you have a special connection to a place or you want to honor your heritage. I see absolutely nothing tacky about that. It's beautiful. I think of a free spirit type of name. It's serene and graceful.
siablue  11/15/2019
0
I have nothing against Africans, but I always thought it was weird to name a kid after a country.
Brionne  7/20/2019
0
Imagine the teasing the girl will get with this name.
Luvbug86  6/28/2019
0
Africa is a beautiful continent but this?
No thank you.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2019
2
A lot of people say country/continent names are 'tacky', but can anyone tell me why? I honestly can't think of a reason why it would be tacky or wrong at all to use the name if someone has a strong connection to the place, or simply likes the sound. Please, someone provide a reason.
futuremother99  1/4/2019
3
I find this name really weird for a girl, especially since I'm from "Africa". The comments about Africa here are really ignorant though, some people saying it's a country (can't believe people still think that) and associating it only with poverty. Yeah, sure, a lot of Africa is really poor, but that's not all. Africa is the most (if not, second most) diverse continent on planet Earth. I lived in a city (shocking isn't it?) with *gasp* internet, phones, TV, a proper house, a cinema, mall, basically what a normal city is. I bet most of the people saying rubbish about Africa haven't even set foot in it and get all their info from the media.
kayisforkeen  8/10/2018
1
Terrible tacky name but why does the continent Africa has to be imagined, poor hungry kids in the desert, why? America come on, stop this now. Africa is a continent not a country, there are beautiful places in Africa so why are you trying to imagine it like some small country with poverty and war? I can guarantee you America is not much better NO! America isn’t the land of the free or the home of the brave- look how much stuff in America happened in history. From racism to hate crimes to gang fights. All this stuff- why?
Curious me  7/18/2018
3
The person who said that Africa is tacky is just an ignorant. It's a title for Virgin Mary in Spain. Nuestra señora de la África. It's my favourite name regarding the Virgin Mary.
Spanishnames93  7/16/2018
2
You think Africa is a bad name because of war. What about the name Israel? That country has so many killings of Muslims and Jews but yet no negative connotations naming a child Israel. Or the name Egypt which is very popular at the moment. Why do you hate the name Africa for a human being but not Asia?
Marymary  11/22/2017
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Such an awful name. Who in their right mind would name their kid after a place known for things like poverty, famine, dictators, female circumcision, HIV, poaching, overpopulation, and ethnic and religious conflicts? I have nothing against African people, but Africa's definitely not something you want to name a kid after. I'm sure anyone using this "name" has never even been to Africa.
Acajou  12/9/2016
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Might as well name your kid Tanzania Ivory Coast Congo Uganda. *rolls eyes*
― Anonymous User  3/9/2016
0
Absolutely horrible on a person, male or female. This "name" is just as tacky as other "names" like America, India, Ireland and London.
― Anonymous User  7/10/2015
10
I find it really funny that the name Africa has a 38% rating on this website (because naming someone after a place is just SO horrid) but Ireland has a 54% rating. More than half of the people who voted think Ireland is okay but Africa is not. And I really doubt that the difference is due to the fact that one's a continent while the other's a country.
Icycoldhot  5/12/2015
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I don't know about anyone else, but I personally WOULDN'T want to be named after a place that is literally the toilet of the world. :O.
― Anonymous User  10/28/2014
1
I don't know what the heck Spain is thinking. 'Africa' is not a good name for anybody, especially a Spanish person with no ties to the continent itself whatsoever.
― Anonymous User  6/19/2013
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Why would you name your kid after Africa? Most of Africa is not exactly a good place to live due to the extreme poverty and the corrupt governments.
Buneary  2/28/2013
3
Don't forget Miriam Makeba (1932-2008), nicknamed Mama Africa.
AnastasiaE  9/28/2012
5
The name África has a history of use in Spain. It is given on honour of Nuestra Señora de África (Our Lady of Africa), a title of the Virgin Mary. She is the patron saint of Ceuta (a small Spanish exclave in North Africa) and for this reason the name is especially common there. Her feast day is 5th August. According to Spain's Instituto Nacional de Estadística, 10814 women in Spain bear the name África and the vast majority of them are Spanish nationals, not immigrants from other countries. Over 11‰ (per mil) of women in Ceuta are called it, which is much higher permillage than in the other provinces. The compound name María (de) África also has some use. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  7/24/2012
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Sounds tacky and pathetic. I've known hundreds of black people, in my family, friends, and elsewhere, and I've never even heard of Africa as a name until I went on this site. Why would you even name your child Africa? Africa is full of poverty, wars, dictatorships, and AIDS. It also sounds like a name one of those wacky Afrocentric types would use. There are plenty of beautiful African names out there, so why not a real African name instead of sticking the kid with the name of the continent?
Bonquiqui  7/15/2012
3
About the usage of the name Africa in Spain: I'm called Africa myself simply because I was born in Equatorial Guinea (my father was working there as an engineer). Please take into account that until well-advanced the XXth Century, there were still some African territories that were Spanish colonies or dominions, so many women in Spain called Africa were so because of familial or personal links. And from a Catholic point of view, there is a Virgin of Africa (festivity: August the 5th). So there are also cultural reasons because the usage of Africa as a first name.
AfricaRM  3/13/2012
0
So tacky. This is worse than America. I can't wait to see this be like the #5 most popular name. Taaaacky.
blondieboo629  11/11/2011
0
I don't think this name is tacky at all. It's a great name and I'd name my kid this, even if I'm not from Africa. Besides, if you're going to make a continent a name, Africa sounds the best.
bedamijo  11/6/2011
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This name is really tacky. It has too strong of association with the continent.
number1212  8/27/2009
1
I actually really like this name. It sounds pretty, but I wouldn't use it, as Africa is associated with war and poverty, a reputation I really wouldn't want to "transfer" on a child. Plus, Africa wouldn't sound right on an Irish girl (like myself). Aifric would be a more natural choice for me, but Africa is a beautiful name for a girl with African heritage or a Catholic girl.
― Anonymous User  7/15/2009
0
This is pathetic as a name.
bananarama  7/6/2009
0
I cannot believe this is an Irish name! I seriously thought it came from anywhere but Ireland. The name Africa originated in Ireland?
kool_babe14  5/26/2009
4
Name a sibling Asia while you're at it.
...Just no.
Kerules  4/7/2009
3
The name Africa can also be taken from a title of the Virgin Mary, "Santa María de África." This could explain its popularity in Spain.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2008
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Naming children after countries, cities, towns, etc. usually ends up in tacky names. This name is no exception to the rule. Assuming that the parents and grandparents don't hail from Africa to begin with, it seems rather pointless to name the child after a country they have no connection with.
slight night shiver  4/19/2008
11
Africa isn't a country. I do agree however that naming your child after this continent is tacky.
vomiting  6/17/2009
-1
No. Just no.
― Anonymous User  7/18/2007
0
I think the owner of this site got Africa mixed up with Kenya. Kenya is more popular with Blacks than Africa.
― Anonymous User  5/29/2007
6
Surprisingly, this name, spelled Africa or Afrika, also has origins in Scotland, where it means "pleasant" in Gaelic. [noted -ed]
elizabeth hamlet  4/12/2007
2
A famous bearer is Africa Kmoendts, pronounced (moo-END-its). She isn't really known by that many people. She was some background singer for something.
― Anonymous User  4/9/2007
2
If this name was used by African-Americans than how come there is no popularity in America and only pouplarity in Spain? If you do like this name I'd say it sounds better as a middle name because it sounds like it has significance.
Koolgal  4/2/2007
2
Can also be spelled Afrika.
― Anonymous User  5/4/2006

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