South African Names

These name are used in the Republic of South Africa.
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AMAHLE m & f Southern African, Zulu
Means "the beautiful ones" in Zulu.
ANDILE m & f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "they have increased" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
AYANDA m & f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "they are increasing" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
BANDILE m & f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "they have increased" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
BONGANI m Southern African, Zulu
Means "grateful, thankful" in Zulu.
BONOLO f Southern African, Sotho
Means "ease" in Sotho.
BUHLE f & m Southern African, Xhosa, Ndebele
From Xhosa and Ndebele buhle "beautiful, handsome", from the root hle.
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.
CHRIZANNE f Southern African, Afrikaans
Combination of CHRISTINE and ANNE (1) used in South Africa.
DUMISANI m Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "praise" in Zulu and Ndebele.
GUGULETHU f Southern African, Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele
From Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele igugu "treasure, pride" and lethu "our".
HLENGIWE f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Swazi
Means "helped, rescued, redeemed" in Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi.
KABELO m Southern African, Sotho
Means "given" in Sotho.
KATLEHO m Southern African, Sotho
Means "success" in Sotho.
LERATO f Southern African, Sotho
Means "love" in Sotho.
LINDIWE f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Swazi
Means "waited for, awaited" in Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi.
LUNGILE f & m Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "correct, right, good" in Zulu and Ndebele.
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".
MARIETJIE f Southern African, Afrikaans
Afrikaans diminutive of MARIA.
MBALENHLE f Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu imbali "flower" and hle "beautiful".
MBALI f Southern African, Zulu
Means "flower" in Zulu.
MELISIZWE m Southern African, Xhosa
Means "leader of the nation" in Xhosa.
MINENHLE f & m Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu imini "day" and hle "beautiful".
MPHO m & f Southern African, Tswana, Sotho
Means "gift" in Tswana and Sotho, a derivative of fa "to offer".
NKOSANA m Southern African, Xhosa
Means "prince" in Xhosa.
NKOSAZANA f Southern African, Xhosa
Means "princess" in Xhosa.
NOMUSA f Southern African, Ndebele
Means "merciful" in Ndebele.
NONHLE f Southern African, Xhosa
From the Xhosa feminine prefix no- combined with hle "beautiful".
NOSIPHO f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa
From the Zulu and Xhosa feminine prefix no- combined with isipho "gift".
NOSIZWE f Southern African, Xhosa
From the Xhosa feminine prefix no- combined with isizwe "nation".
NOXOLO f Southern African, Xhosa, Ndebele
From the Xhosa and Ndebele feminine prefix no- combined with uxolo "peace".
NTOMBI f Southern African, Zulu
Means "girl" in Zulu.
NTOMBIFUTHI f Southern African, Zulu
Means "a girl again" in Zulu.
NTOMBIZODWA f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "only girls", from Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele intombi "girl" and zodwa "only".
PALESA f Southern African, Sotho
Means "flower" in Sotho.
PULENG f Southern African, Sotho
Means "in the rain" in Sotho.
SANDILE m Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "we increased" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
SIBONAKALISO m & f Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu isibonakaliso meaning "sign, token, proof".
SIBONGILE f Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "we are thankful" in Zulu and Ndebele.
SIBUSISIWE f Southern African, Ndebele
Means "we are blessed" in Ndebele.
SIBUSISO m Southern African, Zulu, Swazi, Ndebele
Means "blessed" in Zulu, Swazi and Ndebele.
SIFISO m Southern African, Zulu
Means "wish" in Zulu.
SIPHO m Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "gift" from Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele isipho.
SITHEMBILE f & m Southern African, Zulu
Means "we trust" in Zulu.
SIYABONGA m Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "we thank you" in Zulu and Ndebele.
SIZWE m Southern African, Xhosa
Means "nation" in Xhosa.
TAU m Southern African, Tswana, Sotho
Means "lion" in Tswana and Sotho. Tau was the name of the last ruler of the Rolong in South Africa (18th century).
TEBOHO m Southern African, Sotho
Means "gratitude" in Sotho.
THABANI m Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "be happy" in Zulu and Ndebele.
THANDEKA f Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "loved" in Zulu and Ndebele.
THANDIWE f Southern African, Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "loving one" in Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele, from thanda "to love".
THANDO m & f Southern African, Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele
From Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele thanda meaning "to love".
THEMBA m Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "trust, hope" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
THULANI m Southern African, Zulu
Means "be quiet, be peaceful" in Zulu.
THULILE f Southern African, Zulu
Means "quiet, peaceful" in Zulu.
TUMELO m & f Southern African, Sotho, Tswana
Means "faith" in Sotho and Tswana.
UNATHI m & f Southern African, Xhosa
Means "he or she is with us" in Xhosa, from the prefix u- meaning "he, she" and nathi meaning "with us".
XOLANI m Southern African, Zulu
Means "peace" in Zulu.
ZOLA (2) f & m Southern African, Xhosa
From the Xhosa root -zola meaning "calm".
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