African Names

African names are used in various places on the continent of Africa. See also about African names.
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ABEBA   f   Eastern African, Amharic
Means "flower" in Amharic.
ABENA   f   Western African, Akan
Means "born on Tuesday" in Akan.
ABENI   f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "we asked for her, and behold, we got her" in Yoruba.
ABERASH   f   Eastern African, Amharic
Possibly means "giving off light, shining" in Amharic.
ABIDEMI   m   Western African, Yoruba
Means "born during father's absence" in Yoruba.
ABIMBOLA   m & f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "born wealthy" in Yoruba.
ABIODUN   m & f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "born on a festival" in Yoruba.
ABIOYE   m   Western African, Yoruba
Means "born into royalty" in Yoruba.
ABOUBACAR   m   Western African, Wolof, Serer, Fula
Form of ABU BAKR used in western Africa.
ABUBAKAR   m   Western African, Hausa, Fula
Form of ABU BAKR used in Nigeria.
ACHIENG   f   Eastern African, Luo
Feminine form of OCHIENG.
ADAEZE   f   Western African, Igbo
Means "king's daughter" in Igbo.
ADANNA   f   Western African, Igbo
Means "father's daughter" in Igbo.
ADANNAYA   f   Western African, Igbo
Means "her father's daughter" in Igbo.
ADE (1)   m & f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "crown" in Yoruba, also a short form of other Yoruba names beginning with this element.
ADEBAYO   m   Western African, Yoruba
Means "the crown meets joy" in Yoruba.
ADEBOLA   m & f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "the crown has met wealth" in Yoruba.
ADEBOWALE   m & f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "the crown has come home" in Yoruba.
ADEDAYO   m & f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "the crown becomes joy" in Yoruba.
ADEGOKE   m   Western African, Yoruba
Means "the crown has been exalted" in Yoruba.
ADETOKUNBO   m & f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "the crown came from over the sea" in Yoruba.
ADHIAMBO   f   Eastern African, Luo
Feminine form of ODHIAMBO.
ADISA   m   Western African, Yoruba
Means "one who is clear" in Yoruba.
ADJOA   f   Western African, Akan
Variant of ADWOA.
ADWOA   f   Western African, Akan
Means "born on Monday" in Akan.
AFIA   f   Western African, Akan
Variant of AFUA.
AFOLABI   m   Western African, Yoruba
Means "born into wealth" in Yoruba.
AFUA   f   Western African, Akan
Means "born on Friday" in Akan.
AISHATU   f   Western African, Hausa
Hausa form of AISHA.
AKACHI   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Means "the hand of God" in Igbo.
AKINYI   f   Eastern African, Luo
Means "born in the morning" in Luo.
AKOSUA   f   Western African, Akan
Means "born on Sunday" in Akan.
AKPAN   m   Western African, Ibibio
Means "first-born son" in Ibibio.
AKPOFURE   m & f   Western African, Urhobo
Means "life is peaceful" in Urhobo.
AKUA   f   Western African, Akan
Means "born on Wednesday" in Akan.
AKUCHI   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Means "wealth from God" in Igbo.
ALABA   f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "second child after twins" in Yoruba.
ALEMAYEHU   m & f   Eastern African, Amharic
Means "I have seen the world" in Amharic.
ALHAJI   m   Western African, Hausa
Means "pilgrim" in Hausa, a derivative of Arabic حَجِّي (hajji) meaning "pilgrimage, hajj".
ALHERI   f   Western African, Hausa
Means "grace" in Hausa.
ALINAFE   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "he is with us" in Chewa.
AMA   f   Western African, Akan
Means "born on Saturday" in Akan.
AMADI (1)   m   Western African, Igbo
Means "free man" in Igbo.
AMADI (2)   m   Western African, Yoruba
Means "seemed destined to die at birth" in Yoruba.
AMADOU   m   Western African, Wolof, Serer, Fula, Manding
Form of AHMAD used in parts of western Africa.
AMAHLE   m & f   Southern African, Zulu
Means "the beautiful ones" in Zulu.
AMAKA   f   Western African, Igbo
Short form of CHIAMAKA.
AMARA   f   Western African, Igbo
Means "grace" in Igbo.
AMARACHI   f   Western African, Igbo
Means "God's grace" in Igbo.
AMEQRAN   m   Northern African, Berber
Means "eldest" in Tamazight.
AMONDI   f   Eastern African, Luo
Feminine form of OMONDI.
ANAN (1)   m & f   Western African, Akan
Means "fourth born child" in Akan.
ANDILE   m & f   Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "they have increased" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
AÑULI   f   Western African, Igbo
Means "joy" in Igbo.
ASHA (2)   f   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "life" in Swahili, related to AISHA.
ATIENO   f   Eastern African, Luo
Feminine form of OTIENO.
AWITI   f   Eastern African, Luo
Means "thrown away" in Luo, possibly used for a child born prematurely.
AWOTWI   m & f   Western African, Akan
Means "eighth born child" in Akan.
AYANDA   m & f   Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "they are increasing" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
AYO   f & m   Western African, Yoruba
Means "joy" in Yoruba, or a short form of names containing that element.
AYODELE   m & f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "joy has come home" in Yoruba.
AYOKUNLE   m   Western African, Yoruba
Means "joy has filled the home" in Yoruba.
AYOMIDE   f & m   Western African, Yoruba
Means "my joy has arrived" in Yoruba.
AYOTUNDE   m & f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "joy has returned" in Yoruba.
AZUBUIKE   m   Western African, Igbo
Means "the past is your strength" or "your back is your strength" in Igbo.
BAAKO   m & f   Western African, Akan
Means "first born child" in Akan.
BABAJIDE   m   Western African, Yoruba
Means "father has returned" in Yoruba.
BABATUNDE   m   Western African, Yoruba
Means "father has returned" in Yoruba.
BABIRYE   f   Eastern African, Ganda
Means "first of twins" in Luganda.
BAMIDELE   m   Western African, Yoruba
Means "follow me home" in Yoruba.
BANDILE   m & f   Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "they have increased" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
BERHANE   m & f   Eastern African, Amharic
Means "light" in Amharic.
BERHANU   m   Eastern African, Amharic
Means "his light" in Amharic.
BERKO   m   Western African, Akan
Means "first born" in Akan.
BITRUS   m   Western African, Hausa
Hausa form of PETER.
BOIPELO   m & f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "proud" in Tswana.
BOITUMELO   f & m   Southern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana.
BOLANLE   f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "finds wealth at home" in Yoruba.
BONGANI   m   Southern African, Zulu
Means "grateful, thankful" in Zulu.
BONOLO   f   Southern African, Sotho
Means "ease" in Sotho.
BONTU   f   Eastern African, Oromo
Means "proud" in Oromo.
BOSEDE   f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "born on Sunday" in Yoruba.
BUHLE   f & m   Southern African, Xhosa, Ndebele
From Xhosa and Ndebele buhle "beautiful, handsome", from the root hle.
BUSINGE   m & f   Eastern African, Kiga
Means "peace" in Rukiga.
CHARLIZE   f   Southern African, Afrikaans
Feminine form of CHARLES using the popular Afrikaans name suffix ize. This name was popularized by South African actress Charlize Theron (1975-), who was named after her father Charles.
CHAUSIKU   f   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "born at night" in Swahili.
CHI (2)   m & f   Mythology, Western African, Igbo
Means "god, spirtual being" in Igbo, referring to the personal spiritual guardian that each person is believed to have. Christian Igbo people use it as a name for the personal Christian god. This can also be a short form of the many Igbo names that begin with this element.
CHIAMAKA   f   Western African, Igbo
Means "God is beautiful" in Igbo.
CHIBUEZE   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Means "God is the king" in Igbo.
CHIBUIKE   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Means "God is strength" in Igbo.
CHIBUZO   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Means "God leads the way" in Igbo.
CHICHI   f   Western African, Igbo
Diminutive of Igbo names beginning with the element Chi meaning "God".
CHIDI   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Means "God exists" in Igbo. It is also a short form of Igbo names beginning with Chidi.
CHIDIEBERE   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Means "God is merciful" in Igbo.
CHIDIEBUBE   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Means "God is glorious" in Igbo.
CHIDIEGWU   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Means "God is wonderful" in Igbo.
CHIDIKE   m   Western African, Igbo
Means "God is strong" in Igbo.
CHIDIMMA   f   Western African, Igbo
Means "God is good" in Igbo.
CHIDUBEM   m   Western African, Igbo
Means "guided by God" in Igbo.
CHIEMEKA   m   Western African, Igbo
Means "God has performed great deeds" in Igbo.
CHIFUNDO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "mercy" in Chewa.
CHIFUNIRO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "will, wish" in Chewa.
CHIJINDUM   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Means "God holds my life" in Igbo.
CHIKA (1)   f   Western African, Igbo
Means "God is the greatest" in Igbo.
CHIKE   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Means "God's power" in Igbo.
CHIKELU   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Variant of CHIKERE.
CHIKERE   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Means "God created" in Igbo.
CHIKONDI   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "love" in Chewa.
CHIKUMBUTSO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "memory" in Chewa.
CHIMA   m   Western African, Igbo
Means "God knows" in Igbo.
CHIMWALA   m & f   Eastern African, Yao
Means "stone" in Yao.
CHIMWEMWE   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "joy, pleasure" in Chewa.
CHINASA   f & m   Western African, Igbo
Means "God answers" in Igbo.
CHINEDU   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Means "God leads" in Igbo.
CHINONSO   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Means "God is nearby" in Igbo.
CHINWE   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Means "God owns" in Igbo. It is also a short form of Igbo names beginning with Chinwe.
CHINWEIKE   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Means "God owns power" in Igbo.
CHINWENDU   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Means "God owns life" in Igbo.
CHINWEUBA   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Means "God owns wealth" in Igbo.
CHINYERE   f   Western African, Igbo
Means "God gave" in Igbo.
CHIOMA   f & m   Western African, Igbo
Means "good God" in Igbo.
CHIPO   f   Southern African, Shona
Means "gift" in Shona.
CHISOMO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "grace" in Chewa.
CHIUMBO   m   Eastern African, Mwera
Means "small" in Mwera.
CHIYEMBEKEZO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "hope" in Chewa.
CHIZOBA   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Means "God protect us" in Igbo.
CHRIZANNE   f   Southern African, Afrikaans
Combination of CHRISTINE and ANNE (1) used in South Africa.
CHUKS   m   Western African, Igbo
Diminutive of Igbo names beginning with the element Chukwu meaning "God".
CHUKWUDI   m   Western African, Igbo
Variant of CHIDI, using Chukwu as the first element, which is the extended form of Chi meaning "God".
CHUKWUEMEKA   m   Western African, Igbo
Means "God has done something great" in Igbo.
CHUKWUMA   m   Western African, Igbo
Variant of CHIMA, using Chukwu as the first element, which is the extended form of Chi meaning "God".
DADA   f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "curly hair" in Yoruba.
DAKARAI   m   Southern African, Shona
Means "rejoice" in Shona.
DALITSO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "blessing" in Chewa.
DAYO   m & f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "joy arrives" in Yoruba.
DEJEN   m   Eastern African, Amharic
Means "foundation, support" in Amharic.
DESTA   f & m   Eastern African, Amharic
Means "joy" in Amharic.
DIKELEDI   f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "tears" in Tswana.
DUBAKU   m & f   Western African, Akan
Means "eleventh born child" in Akan.
DUMISANI   m   Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "praise" in Zulu and Ndebele.
EBELE   f   Western African, Igbo
Means "mercy, kindness" in Igbo.
EFE (2)   m & f   Western African, Urhobo
Short form of EFEMENA or other names containing efe "wealth".
EFEMENA   m & f   Western African, Urhobo
Means "here is my wealth" in Urhobo.
EFUA   f   Western African, Akan
Variant of AFUA.
EJIRO   m & f   Western African, Urhobo
Short form of EJIROGHENE or other names containing ejiro "praise".
EJIROGHENE   m & f   Western African, Urhobo
Means "praise God" in Urhobo.
EKENE   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Means "praise" in Igbo.
EKENEDILICHUKWU   m & f   Western African, Igbo
Means "all praise to God" in Igbo.
EKUA   f   Western African, Akan
Variant of AKUA.
EKUNDAYO   f & m   Western African, Yoruba
Means "sorrow becomes joy" in Yoruba.
EKWUEME   m   Western African, Igbo
Means "he says, he does" in Igbo.
EMEKA   m   Western African, Igbo
Means "great deeds" in Igbo. It also functions as a short form of CHUKWUEMEKA.
EMEM   m & f   Western African, Ibibio
Means "peace" in Ibibio.
ENIOLA   f & m   Western African, Yoruba
Means "person of wealth" in Yoruba.
ENITAN   m & f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "person with a story, storied person" in Yoruba.
ENU   m & f   Western African, Akan
Means "fifth born child" in Akan.
ENYINNAYA   m   Western African, Igbo
Means "his father's friend" in Igbo.
ENYONAM   f   Western African, Ewe
Means "it is good for me" in Ewe.
ESEOGHENE   m & f   Western African, Urhobo
Means "God's gift" in Urhobo.
ESHE   f   Eastern African, Swahili
Variant of ASHA (2).
ESI   f   Western African, Akan
Means "born on Sunday" in Akan.
ESKENDER   m   Eastern African, Amharic
Amharic form of ALEXANDER.
FAƊIMATU   f   Western African, Hausa
Hausa form of FATIMAH.
FARAI   m & f   Southern African, Shona
Means "rejoice" in Shona.
FARAJI   m   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "consolation" in Swahili.
FATIMATOU   f   Western African, Manding, Wolof, Serer
Form of FATIMAH used in parts of western Africa.
FATSANI   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "be meek" in Chewa.
FEMI   m   Western African, Yoruba
Short form of OLUFEMI.
FILBERT   m   Eastern African
Variant of FILIBERT. It is particularly used in Tanzania due to track star Filbert Bayi (1953-), who set a world record running the 1500 meter in 1974.
FOLAMI   m & f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "respect and honour me" in Yoruba.
FUMNANYA   f & m   Western African, Igbo
Means "love me" in Igbo.
FUNANYA   f   Western African, Igbo
Means "love" in Igbo.
FUNGAI   m & f   Southern African, Shona
Means "think" in Shona.
FURAHA   f   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "joy, happiness" in Swahili.
GADISA   m   Eastern African, Oromo
From Oromo gaaddisa meaning "shade".
GADISE   f   Eastern African, Oromo
Feminine form of GADISA.
GANIZANI   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "think" in Chewa.
GBEMISOLA   f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "carry me into wealth" in Yoruba.
GUDINA   m   Eastern African, Oromo
Means "growth, advancement" in Oromo.
GUGULETHU   f   Southern African, Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele
From Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele igugu "treasure, pride" and lethu "our".
GWANDOYA   m   Eastern African, Ganda
Means "met with misery" in Luganda.
HADIZA   f   Western African, Hausa
Hausa form of KHADIJA.
HAREGEWOIN   f   Eastern African, Amharic
Means "vine tree" in Amharic.
HIWOT   f   Eastern African, Amharic
From Amharic həywät meaning "life".
HLENGIWE   f   Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Swazi
Means "helped, rescued, redeemed" in Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi.
IBRAHIMA   m   Western African, Fula, Serer, Wolof
Form of IBRAHIM used in parts of western Africa.
IDIR   m   Northern African, Berber
Means "alive" in Tamazight.
IDOWU   m & f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "born after twins" in Yoruba.
IFA   m   Eastern African, Oromo
Means "light" in Oromo.
IFE   f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "love" in Yoruba.
IFIOK   m & f   Western African, Ibibio
Means "wisdom" in Ibibio.
IGE   f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "born feet first" in Yoruba.
IKENNA   m   Western African, Igbo
Means "father's power" in Igbo.
IMAMU   m   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "spiritual leader" in Swahili, ultimately from Arabic إمام (Imam).
IMANI   f & m   Eastern African, Swahili, African American
Means "faith" in Swahili, ultimately of Arabic origin.
IME (1)   m & f   Western African, Ibibio
Means "patience" in Ibibio.
INIOBONG   m & f   Western African, Ibibio
Means "God's time" in Ibibio.
INYENE   m & f   Western African, Ibibio
Means "wealth" in Ibibio.
ISINGOMA   m   Eastern African, Ganda
Means "first of twins" in Luganda.
ITORO   m & f   Western African, Ibibio
Means "praise, glory" in Ibibio.
ITRI   m   Northern African, Berber
Means "star" in Tamazight.
ITUMELENG   m & f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana.
IZEM   m   Northern African, Berber
Means "lion" in Tamazight.
JATAU   m   Western African, Hausa
Means "fair-coloured, light" in Hausa.
JELANI   m   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "mighty" in Swahili.
JENGO   m   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "building" in Swahili.
JUMAANE   m   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "born on Tuesday" in Swahili.
KABELO   m   Southern African, Sotho
Means "given" in Sotho.
KAGISO   m & f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "peace" in Tswana.
KAHINA   f   Northern African, Berber
Derived from Arabic الكاهِنة (al-Kahinah) meaning "the diviner, the fortuneteller". This was a title applied to the 7th-century Berber queen Dihya, who resisted the Arab expansion into North Africa.
KAMARIA   f   Eastern African, Swahili
Swahili name, likely related to QAMAR.
KAMAU   m   Eastern African, Kikuyu
Possibly means "quiet warrior" in Kikuyu.
KARIUKI   m   Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "reincarnated one" in Kikuyu.
KATLEGO   m & f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "success" in Tswana.
KATLEHO   m   Southern African, Sotho
Means "success" in Sotho.
KATO   m   Eastern African, Ganda
Means "second of twins" in Luganda.
KAYIN (1)   m & f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "celebrated child" in Yoruba.
KAYODE   m   Western African, Yoruba
Means "he brought joy" in Yoruba.
KEFILWE   m & f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "I was given" in Tswana.
KGOSI   m   Southern African, Tswana
Means "king, chief" in Tswana.
KHAMISI   m   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "born on Thursday" in Swahili.
KIBWE   m   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "blessed" in Swahili.
KIDIST   f   Eastern African, Amharic
Means "blessed" in Amharic.
KIRABO   m & f   Eastern African, Ganda
Means "gift" in Luganda.
KISEMBO   m & f   Eastern African, Tooro
Means "gift" in Rutooro.
KOBINA   m   Western African, Akan
Variant of KWABENA.
KOFI   m   Western African, Akan
Means "born on Friday" in Akan.
KOJO   m   Western African, Akan
Variant of KWADWO.
KONDWANI   m & f   Southern African, Chewa, Tumbuka
Means "be happy, rejoice" in Chewa and Tumbuka.
KONJIT   f   Eastern African, Amharic
Means "beautiful" in Amharic.
KUMBUKANI   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "remember" in Chewa.
KUNTO   f   Western African, Akan
Means "third child" in Akan.
KWABENA   m   Western African, Akan
Means "born on Tuesday" in Akan.
KWADWO   m   Western African, Akan
Means "born on Monday" in Akan.
KWAKU   m   Western African, Akan
Means "born on Wednesday" in Akan.
KWAME   m   Western African, Akan
Means "born on Saturday" in Akan.
KWASI   m   Western African, Akan
Means "born on Sunday" in Akan.
KWEKU   m   Western African, Akan
Variant of KWAKU.
KWESI   m   Western African, Akan
Variant of KWASI.
KYAUTA   m   Western African, Hausa
Means "gift" in Hausa.
LANRE   m   Western African, Yoruba
Short form of OLANREWAJU.
LEKAN   m   Western African, Yoruba
Short form of OLAMILEKAN.
LELISA   m   Eastern African, Oromo
From Oromo leellisaa meaning "admirer".
LELISE   f   Eastern African, Oromo
Feminine form of LELISA.
LENCHO   m   Eastern African, Oromo
Means "lion" in Oromo.
LERATO   f   Southern African, Sotho
Means "love" in Sotho.
LESEDI   f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "light" in Tswana.
LIMBANI   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "be strong" in Chewa.
LIMBIKANI   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "work hard" in Chewa.
LINDIWE   f   Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Swazi
Means "waited for, awaited" in Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi.
LISHAN   f   Eastern African, Amharic
Means "award" in Amharic.
LULIT   f   Eastern African, Amharic
Means "pearl" in Amharic.
LUMUSI   f   Western African, Ewe
Means "born face down" in Ewe.
LUNGILE   f & m   Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "correct, right, good" in Zulu and Ndebele.
MADALITSO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "blessings" in Chewa.
MAINA   m   Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "sing, dance" in Kikuyu. Kikuyu males were traditionally organized into age sets or generations, each lasting about 30 years. The Maina generation occupied the last part of the 19th century.
MAKENA   f & m   Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "happy one" in Kikuyu.
MAMADOU   m   Western African, Wolof, Serer, Fula, Manding
Form of MUHAMMAD used in western Africa.
MANDLA   m   Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "strength, power" in Zulu and Ndebele.
MANDLENKOSI   m   Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
From Zulu and Ndebele amandla "strength, power" and inkosi "king, chief".
MANYARA   f   Southern African, Shona
Means "you have been humbled" in Shona.
MARIETJIE   f   Southern African, Afrikaans
Afrikaans diminutive of MARIA.
MARJANI   f   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "coral" in Swahili, originally a borrowing from Arabic.
MARYAMU   f   Western African, Hausa
Hausa form of MARYAM.
MASAMBA   m   Eastern African, Yao
Means "leaves, vegetables" in Yao.
MASEGO   f   Southern African, Tswana
Means "blessings" in Tswana.
MASOZI   m & f   Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "tears" in Tumbuka.
MAVUTO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "troubles, problems" in Chewa.
MAWULI   m   Western African, Ewe
Means "God lives" in Ewe.
MAWUNYO   m & f   Western African, Ewe
Means "God is good" in Ewe.
MAYAMIKO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "praise, gratitude" in Chewa.
MAYESO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "test (from God)" in Chewa.
MBALENHLE   f   Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu imbali "flower" and hle "beautiful".
MBALI   f   Southern African, Zulu
Means "flower" in Zulu.
MCHUMBA   f   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "sweetheart" in Swahili.
MEKLIT   f   Eastern African, Amharic
Means "gift to God" in Amharic.
MELISIZWE   m   Southern African, Xhosa
Means "leader of the nation" in Xhosa.
METI   f   Eastern African, Oromo
Means "umbrella" in Oromo.
MINENHLE   f & m   Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu imini "day" and hle "beautiful".
MIREMBE   f   Eastern African, Ganda
Means "peace" in Luganda.
MOJISOLA   f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "wake up to wealth" in Yoruba.
MONIFA   f   Western African, Yoruba
Means "I am lucky" in Yoruba.
MOSI   m   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "first (child)" in Swahili.
MOTI   m   Eastern African, Oromo
Means "leader" in Oromo.
MPHATSO   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "gift" in Chewa.
MPHO   m & f   Southern African, Tswana, Sotho
Means "gift" in Tswana and Sotho, a derivative of fa "to offer".
MTENDERE   m & f   Southern African, Chewa
Means "peace" in Chewa.
MUBIRU   m   Eastern African, Ganda
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a figure in Ganda mythology associated with forests and hunting.
MUDIWA   f & m   Southern African, Shona
Means "beloved" in Shona.
MUHAMMADU   m   Western African, Hausa, Fula
Hausa and Fula form of MUHAMMAD.
MUKAMI   f   Eastern African, Kikuyu
Possibly means "the one who milks the cows" in Kikuyu.
MUMBI   f   Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "she who shapes" in Kikuyu. In Kikuyu mythology Mumbi was the wife of Gikuyu and the mother of his nine daughters.
MUNASHE   m & f   Southern African, Shona
Means "with God" in Shona.
MUTHONI   f   Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "mother-in-law" in Kikuyu.
MWANAJUMA   f   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "born on Friday" in Swahili.
MWANGI   m   Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "rapid expansion" in Kikuyu. Kikuyu males were traditionally organized into age sets or generations. The Mwangi generation started around the beginning of the 20th century and lasted for about 30 years.
MWENYE   m   Eastern African, Swahili
Means "owner, lord" in Swahili.
NAFULA   f   Eastern African, Luhya
Feminine form of WAFULA.
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