Swahili Names

Swahili names are used by Swahili speakers in eastern Africa.
gender
usage
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 Bosnian, Tatar, Kazakh, Swahili and Hausa forms.
Asha 2 f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "life" in Swahili, related to Aisha.
Chausiku f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "born at night" in Swahili.
Faraji m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "consolation" in Swahili.
Furaha f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "joy, happiness" in Swahili.
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, Swahili
Means "building" in Swahili.
Juma m Arabic, Pashto, Eastern African, Swahili
Means "Friday" or "week" in Arabic.
Jumaane m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "born on Tuesday" in Swahili.
Kamaria f Eastern African, Swahili
Swahili name, likely related to Qamar.
Khamisi m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "born on Thursday" in Swahili.
Kibwe m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "blessed" in Swahili.
Malaika f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "angel" in Swahili, derived from Arabic ملك (malak).
Marjani f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "coral" in Swahili, originally a borrowing from Arabic.
Mchumba f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "sweetheart" in Swahili.
Mosi m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "first (child)" in Swahili.
Mwanajuma f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "born on Friday" in Swahili.
Mwenye m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "owner, lord" 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" 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.
Rehema f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "mercy, compassion" in Swahili, from Arabic رحمة (rahmah).
Sanaa 2 f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "artwork" in Swahili.
Sauda f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "dark complexion" in Swahili.
Sefu m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "sword" in Swahili, ultimately from Arabic سيف (sayf).
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.
Tendaji m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "makes things happen" in Swahili.
Zuberi m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "strong" in Swahili.
Zuri f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "beautiful" in Swahili.