Nigerian Names

Nigerian names are used in the country of Nigeria in western Africa.
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ABENI f Western African, Yoruba
Means "we asked for her, and behold, we got her" in Yoruba.
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.
ABUBAKAR m Western African, Hausa, Fula
Form of ABU BAKR used in Nigeria.
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.
ADISA m Western African, Yoruba
Means "one who is clear" in Yoruba.
AFOLABI m Western African, Yoruba
Means "born into wealth" in Yoruba.
AKACHI m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "the hand of God" in Igbo.
AKPAN m Western African, Ibibio
Means "first-born son" in Ibibio.
AKPOFURE m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "life is peaceful" in Urhobo.
AKUCHI m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "wealth from God" in Igbo.
ALABA f Western African, Yoruba
Means "second child after twins" in Yoruba.
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.
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.
AMARA f Western African, Igbo
Means "grace" in Igbo.
AMARACHI f Western African, Igbo
Means "God's grace" in Igbo.
AÑULI f Western African, Igbo
Means "joy" in Igbo.
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.
BABAJIDE m Western African, Yoruba
Means "father has returned" in Yoruba.
BABATUNDE m Western African, Yoruba
Means "father has returned" in Yoruba.
BAMIDELE m Western African, Yoruba
Means "follow me home" in Yoruba.
BOLANLE f Western African, Yoruba
Means "finds wealth at home" in Yoruba.
BOSEDE f Western African, Yoruba
Means "born on Sunday" in Yoruba.
CHI (2) m & f Mythology, Western African, Igbo
Means "god, spiritual 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.
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.
CHIKERE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God created" in Igbo.
CHIMA m Western African, Igbo
Means "God knows" in Igbo.
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.
CHIZOBA m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God protect us" in Igbo.
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.
DAYO m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "joy arrives" in Yoruba.
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.
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, thanks" in Igbo.
EKENEDILICHUKWU m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "all praise to God" in Igbo.
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.
ENYINNAYA m Western African, Igbo
Means "his father's friend" in Igbo.
ESEOGHENE m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "God's gift" in Urhobo.
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.
GBEMISOLA f Western African, Yoruba
Means "carry me into wealth" in Yoruba.
IDOWU m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "born after twins" in Yoruba.
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.
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.
ITORO m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means "praise, glory" in Ibibio.
JATAU m Western African, Hausa
Means "fair-coloured, light" in Hausa.
KAYIN (1) m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "celebrated child" in Yoruba.
KAYODE m Western African, Yoruba
Means "he brought joy" in Yoruba.
KYAUTA m Western African, Hausa
Means "gift" in Hausa.
MOJISOLA f Western African, Yoruba
Means "wake up to wealth" in Yoruba.
MONIFA f Western African, Yoruba
Means "I am lucky" in Yoruba.
MUHAMMADU m Western African, Hausa, Fula
Hausa and Fula form of MUHAMMAD.
NDIDI m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "patience" in Igbo.
NGOZI f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "blessing" in Igbo.
NKECHINYERE f Western African, Igbo
Means "what God has given" or "gift of God" in Igbo.
NKEMDILIM m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "let mine be mine" in Igbo.
NKIRUKA f Western African, Igbo
Means "the best is still to come" in Igbo.
NNAMDI m Western African, Igbo
Means "my father is alive" in Igbo. This name is given to a child when it is believed that he is a reincarnation of his grandfather.
NNEKA f Western African, Igbo
Means "my mother is supreme" in Igbo.
NNENNA f Western African, Igbo
Means "father's mother" in Igbo. This name is sometimes given to a child when it is believed that she is a reincarnation of her paternal grandmother.
NNENNE f Western African, Igbo
Means "mother's mother" in Igbo. This name is sometimes given to a child when it is believed that she is a reincarnation of her maternal grandmother.
NWANNEKA f Western African, Igbo
Means "my siblings are supreme" in Igbo.
OBI m Western African, Igbo
Means "heart" in Igbo.
OGECHUKWUKAMA f Western African, Igbo
Means "God's time is the best" in Igbo.
OGHENEKARO m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "God first" in Urhobo.
OGHENEKEVWE m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "God provided for me" in Urhobo.
OGHENERO m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "God exists" in Urhobo.
OKAFOR m Western African, Igbo
Means "born on Afor" in Igbo, Afor being one of the days of the Igbo week.
OKEKE m Western African, Igbo
Means "born on Eke" in Igbo, Eke being one of the days of the Igbo week.
OKONKWO m Western African, Igbo
Means "born on Nkwo" in Igbo, Nkwo being one of the days of the Igbo week.
OKORIE m Western African, Igbo
Means "born on Orie" in Igbo, Orie being one of the days of the Igbo week.
OKORO m Western African, Urhobo
Means "man" in Urhobo.
OLABODE m Western African, Yoruba
Means "wealth returns" in Yoruba.
OLAMIDE m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "my wealth has arrived" in Yoruba.
OLAMILEKAN m Western African, Yoruba
Means "my wealth is increased" in Yoruba.
OLANREWAJU m Western African, Yoruba
Means "my wealth is the future" or "my wealth is moving forward" in Yoruba.
OLAYINKA f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "wealth surrounds me" in Yoruba.
OLUBUNMI f Western African, Yoruba
Means "gift of God" in Yoruba.
OLUCHI m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God's work" in Igbo.
OLUFEMI m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God loves me" in Yoruba.
OLUFUNKE m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God has cared for" in Yoruba.
OLUFUNMILAYO f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God gave me joy" in Yoruba.
OLUFUNMILOLA f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God gives me wealth" in Yoruba.
OLUJIMI m Western African, Yoruba
Means "given by God" in Yoruba.
OLUKAYODE m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God brings happiness" in Yoruba.
OLUMIDE m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God has come" in Yoruba.
OLUWAKANYINSOLA m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God has added sweetness to my wealth" in Yoruba.
OLUWASEGUN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God has been victorious" in Yoruba.
OLUWASEUN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "we thank God" in Yoruba.
OLUWASEYI f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God made this" in Yoruba.
OLUWATOYIN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God is worthy to be praised" in Yoruba.
OLUWAYEMISI f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God honours me" in Yoruba.
OMOBOLANLE f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "a child who met wealth at home" in Yoruba.
OMOLARA f Western African, Yoruba
Means "a child is family" in Yoruba.
ONI f Western African, Yoruba
Possibly means "born in sacred abode" in Yoruba.
ONYEKACHI f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "who is greater than God?" in Igbo.
ONYEKACHUKWU m & f Western African, Igbo
Variant of ONYEKACHI, using Chukwu as the last element, which is the extended form of Chi meaning "God".
OPEYEMI m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "I should give praise" in Yoruba.
OTOBONG m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means "from God" in Ibibio.
OYIBO m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "white" in Urhobo.
SIMISOLA f Western African, Yoruba
Means "rest in wealth" in Yoruba.
TEMITOPE f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "enough to give thanks" in Yoruba.
TITILAYO f Western African, Yoruba
Means "eternal happiness" in Yoruba.
UDO (2) f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "peace" in Igbo.
UDUAK m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means "will, desire" in Ibibio.
UDUAKOBONG m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means "God's will" in Ibibio.
UFUOMA m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "peace of mind" in Urhobo.
UMUKORO m Western African, Urhobo
Means "young man" in Urhobo.
UZOCHI m Western African, Igbo
Means "God's way" in Igbo.
UZOMA m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "good way" in Igbo.
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.