Southern African Names

Southern African names include those from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. See also about African names.
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ALINAFE m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "he is with us" in Chewa.
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.
BOIPELO m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "proud" in Tswana.
BOITUMELO f & m Southern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana.
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.
CHIFUNDO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "mercy" in Chewa.
CHIFUNIRO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "will, wish" in Chewa.
CHIKONDI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "love" in Chewa.
CHIKUMBUTSO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "memory" in Chewa.
CHIMWEMWE m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "joy, pleasure" in Chewa.
CHIPO f Southern African, Shona
Means "gift" in Shona.
CHISOMO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "grace" in Chewa.
CHIYEMBEKEZO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "hope" in Chewa.
CHRIZANNE f Southern African, Afrikaans
Combination of CHRISTINE and ANNE (1) used in South Africa.
DAKARAI m Southern African, Shona
Means "rejoice" in Shona.
DALITSO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "blessing" in Chewa.
DIKELEDI f Southern African, Tswana
Means "tears" in Tswana.
DUMISANI m Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "praise" in Zulu and Ndebele.
FARAI m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "rejoice" in Shona.
FATSANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "be meek" in Chewa.
FUNGAI m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "think" in Shona.
GANIZANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "think" in Chewa.
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.
ITUMELENG m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana.
KABELO m Southern African, Sotho
Means "given" in Sotho.
KAGISO m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "peace" in Tswana.
KATLEGO m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "success" in Tswana.
KATLEHO m Southern African, Sotho
Means "success" in Sotho.
KEFILWE m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "I was given" in Tswana.
KGOSI m Southern African, Tswana
Means "king, chief" in Tswana.
KONDWANI m & f Southern African, Chewa, Tumbuka
Means "be happy, rejoice" in Chewa and Tumbuka.
KUMBUKANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "remember" in Chewa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
MUDIWA f & m Southern African, Shona
Means "beloved" in Shona.
MUNASHE m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "with God" in Shona.
NEO (1) f & m Southern African, Tswana
Means "gift" in Tswana, a derivative of naya "to give".
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".
NTHANDA m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "star" in Tumbuka.
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".
NYARAI f Southern African, Shona
Means "be humble" in Shona.
PALESA f Southern African, Sotho
Means "flower" in Sotho.
PEMPHERO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "prayer" in Chewa.
PENJANI m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "seek for, look for" in Tumbuka.
PILIRANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "persevere, endure" in Chewa.
PULENG f Southern African, Sotho
Means "in the rain" in Sotho.
REFILWE m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "we were given" in Tswana.
RUDO m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "love" in Shona.
RUFARO f Southern African, Shona
Means "happiness" in Shona.
RUMBIDZAI f Southern African, Shona
Means "praise" in Shona.
RUTENDO f & m Southern African, Shona
Means "faith" in Shona.
SANDILE m Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "we increased" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
SEKAI f Southern African, Shona
Means "be humourous" in Shona.
SEKANI m Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "laugh" in Tumbuka.
SETHUNYA f Southern African, Tswana
Means "bloom, flower" in Tswana.
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.
SIMBA (1) m Southern African, Shona
Means "strength" in Shona.
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.
TADALA m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "we have been blessed" in Chewa.
TAFADZWA m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "we are pleased" in Shona.
TAKONDWA m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "we are glad" in Chewa.
TAMANDANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "we have exalted" in Chewa.
TAONGA f & m Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "we are thankful" in Tumbuka.
TAPIWA f Southern African, Shona
Means "given" in Shona.
TARIRO f Southern African, Shona
Means "hope" in Shona.
TATENDA m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "thank you" in Shona.
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.
TENDAI m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "be thankful" in Shona.
THABANI m Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "be happy" in Zulu and Ndebele.
THABO m Southern African, Tswana
Means "joy" in Tswana.
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.
THOKO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Short form of THOKOZANI.
THOKOZANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "thank" in Chewa.
THULANI m Southern African, Zulu
Means "be quiet, be peaceful" in Zulu.
THULILE f Southern African, Zulu
Means "quiet, peaceful" in Zulu.
TICHAONA m Southern African, Shona
Means "we will see" in Shona.
TINASHE m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "we are with God", from Shona ti "we", na "with", and ishe "lord, God".
TIONGE f & m Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "let us be thankful" in Tumbuka.
TIYAMIKE m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "we praise" in Chewa.
TSHOLOFELO f Southern African, Tswana
Means "hope, expectation" in Tswana.
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".
WANANGWA m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "freedom" in Tumbuka.
XOLANI m Southern African, Zulu
Means "peace" in Zulu.
YAMIKANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "be grateful, praise" in Chewa.
ZEPHANIA m Southern African
Variant of ZEPHANIAH. This form of the name appears to be used in southern 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".