Swahili Names

Swahili names are used by Swahili speakers in eastern Africa.
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Aisha f Arabic, Urdu, Western African, Eastern African, Hausa, Swahili, African American
Means "living, alive" in Arabic. This was the name of Muhammad's third wife, the daughter of Abu Bakr. Some time after Muhammad's death she went to war against Ali, the fourth caliph, but was defeated. Her name is used more by Sunni Muslims and less by Shias.... [more]
Amina f Arabic, Bosnian, Tatar, Kazakh, Eastern African, Western African, Swahili, Hausa
Alternate transcription of Arabic Aminah 1 or Aminah 2, as well as the form in several other languages.
Asha 2 f Eastern African, Swahili
From Swahili ishi meaning "live, exist".
Ashura f Eastern African, Swahili
From the name of an Islamic holy day that commemorates the death of Husayn ibn Ali. It is so named because it falls on the tenth day of Muharram, deriving from Arabic عشرة ('asharah) meaning "ten".
Bahati f & m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "luck, good fortune" in Swahili.
Bakari m Eastern African, Swahili
From the Swahili name for the constellation Boötes.
Baraka m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "blessing" in Swahili, ultimately from Arabic بركة (barakah).
Chausiku f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "born at night" in Swahili.
Fadhili m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "kindness, favour" in Swahili, ultimately from Arabic.
Faraji m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "consolation" in Swahili (of Arabic origin).
Furaha f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "joy, happiness" in Swahili (ultimately of Arabic origin).
Halima f Arabic, Urdu, Bengali, Western African, Eastern African, Hausa, Swahili
Alternate transcription of Arabic حليمة (see Halimah), as well as the usual form in several other languages.
Hamisi m Eastern African, Swahili
From Swahili Alhamisi meaning "Thursday".
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.
Jengo m Eastern African (Rare), Swahili (Rare)
Means "building" in Swahili.
Juma m Arabic, Pashto, Eastern African, Swahili
Means "Friday" or "week" in Arabic.
Jumanne m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "Tuesday" in Swahili.
Malaika f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "angel" in Swahili, derived from Arabic ملك (malak).
Marijani m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "coral" in Swahili, originally a borrowing from Arabic.
Mohamed m Arabic, Dhivehi, Eastern African, Swahili
Alternate transcription of Arabic محمّد (see Muhammad) chiefly used in Egypt and Algeria. This is also the usual Dhivehi and Swahili form.
Mosi f & m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "first (child)" in Swahili.
Mwanahamisi f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "child born on Thursday" in Swahili.
Mwanahawa f Eastern African, Swahili
Combination of Swahili mwana meaning "child" and the name Hawa.
Mwanaidi f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "child born during the festival" in Swahili.
Mwanaisha f Eastern African, Swahili
Combination of Swahili mwana meaning "child" and the name Aisha.
Mwanajuma f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "child born on Friday" in Swahili.
Neema f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "divine grace" in Swahili, from Arabic نعمة (ni'mah) meaning "blessing".
Nia 2 f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "purpose, aim" in Swahili.
Nuru f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "light" in Swahili, ultimately from Arabic نور (nur).
Omari m Eastern African, Swahili
Meaning uncertain, possibly a Swahili variant of Umar.
Pili 2 f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "second (child)" in Swahili.
Rajabu m Eastern African, Swahili
Swahili form of Rajab.
Rehema f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "mercy, compassion" in Swahili, from Arabic رحمة (rahmah).
Sauda f Eastern African, Swahili
Meaning uncertain, possibly a variant of Sawda.
Sefu m Eastern African, Swahili
Possibly a Swahili form of Saif.
Simba 2 m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "lion" in Swahili. This is the name of the main character in the Disney movie The Lion King (1994), about a lion cub who exiles himself after his father is murdered.
Subira f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "patience" in Swahili.
Tatu 2 f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "third (child)" in Swahili.
Tumaini f & m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "wish, hope" in Swahili.
Uhuru m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "freedom" in Swahili.
Upendo f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "love, affection" in Swahili.
Zawadi f & m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "gift" in Swahili.
Zuhura f Eastern African, Swahili, Dhivehi
Means "Venus (the planet)" in Swahili and Dhivehi (both from Arabic زهرة).
Zuri f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "beautiful" in Swahili.