African Names

African names are used in various places on the continent of Africa. See also about African names.
gender
usage
Wasswa m Eastern African, Ganda
Means "first of twins" in Luganda.
Wekesa m Eastern African, Luhya
Means "born during harvest" in Luhya.
Werknesh f Eastern African, Amharic
Alternate transcription of Amharic ወርቅነሽ (see Worknesh).
Workneh m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "you are gold", from Amharic ወርቅ (warq) meaning "gold".
Xaawo f Eastern African, Somali
Somali form of Eve.
Xaliima f Eastern African, Somali
Somali feminine form of Halim.
Xasan m Eastern African, Somali
Somali form of Hasan.
Xolani m Southern African, Zulu
Means "peace" in Zulu.
Yaa f Western African, Akan
Means "born on Thursday" in Akan.
Yacouba m Western African
Form of Yaqub used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Yamikani m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "be grateful, praise" in Chewa.
Yao m Western African, Ewe
Ewe form of Yaw.
Yared m Biblical Hebrew, Eastern African, Ethiopian
Hebrew form of Jared. This form is also used in Ethiopia. It was borne by a semi-legendary 6th-century Ethiopian musician who is considered a saint in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
Yaw m Western African, Akan
Means "born on Thursday" in Akan.
Yejide f Western African, Yoruba
Means "image of the mother" in Yoruba.
Yetunde f Western African, Yoruba
Means "mother has returned" in Yoruba.
Yewande f Western African, Yoruba
Means "mother has returned" in Yoruba.
Yewubdar f Eastern African, Amharic
Means "beautiful beyond limits" from Amharic ውብ (wb) meaning "beautiful" and ዳር (dar) meaning "limit, horizon, frontier, shore".
Yuusuf m Eastern African, Somali
Somali form of Yosef (see Joseph).
Zephania m Southern African, Eastern African
Variant of Zephaniah. This form of the name appears to be used in southern and eastern Africa.
Zikomo m Southern African, Chewa
Means "thank you" in Chewa.
Zola 2 f & m Southern African, Xhosa
From the Xhosa root -zola meaning "calm".
Zuberi m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "strong" in Swahili.
Zuri f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "beautiful" in Swahili.