Western African Names

Western African names include those from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. See also about African names.
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Abdou m Western African, Northern African
Form of Abduh common in western and northern Africa.
Abdoul m Western African
Form of Abdul used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Abdoulaye m Western African
Form of Abd Allah used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Abena f Western African, Akan
Means "born on Tuesday" in Akan.
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.
Aboubacar m Western African
Form of Abu Bakr used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Abubakar m Western African, Hausa, Fula
Form of Abu Bakr used in Nigeria.
Adaeze f Western African, Igbo
Means "king's daughter" in Igbo.
Adamou m Western African
Form of Adam used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
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.
Adenike f Western African, Yoruba
Means "the crown is to be treasured" 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.
Adwoa f Western African, Akan
Means "born on Monday" in Akan.
Adzo f Western African, Ewe
Ewe form of Adwoa.
Afi f Western African, Ewe
Ewe form of Afua.
Afolabi m Western African, Yoruba
Means "born into wealth" in Yoruba.
Afua f Western African, Akan
Means "born on Friday" in Akan.
Aïchatou f Western African
Form of Aisha used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Aïssa f Western African
Form of Aisha used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Aïssatou f Western African
Form of Aisha used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Akachi m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "the hand of God" in Igbo.
Akosua f Western African, Akan
Means "born on Sunday" in Akan.
Akpan m Western African, Ibibio
Means "first-born son" in Ibibio.
Akpofure m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "life is peaceful" in Urhobo.
Aku 2 f Western African, Ewe
Ewe form of Akua.
Akua f Western African, Akan
Means "born on Wednesday" in Akan.
Akuchi m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "wealth from God" in Igbo.
Alaba f Western African, Yoruba
Means "second child after twins" in Yoruba.
Alassane m Western African
Form of Al-Hasan used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Alhaji m Western African, Hausa
Means "the pilgrim" in Hausa, a derivative of Arabic حَجّ (hajj) meaning "pilgrimage, hajj". It is typically a title, not a name.
Alhassan m Western African
Form of Al-Hasan used in western Africa.
Alheri f Western African, Hausa
Means "grace" in Hausa.
Ama f Western African, Akan
Means "born on Saturday" in Akan.
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.
Amadou m Western African
Form of Ahmad used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Amadu m Western African
Form of Ahmad used in western Africa.
Amara f Western African, Igbo
Means "grace" in Igbo.
Amarachi f Western African, Igbo
Means "God's grace" in Igbo.
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.
Aminata f Western African
Form of Aminah 1 used in western Africa.
Aminatou f Western African
Form of Aminah 1 used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Anan 1 m & f Western African, Akan
Means "fourth born child" in Akan.
Añuli f Western African, Igbo
Means "joy" in Igbo.
Awa f Western African
Form of Hawa typical of western Africa.
Awotwi m & f Western African, Akan
Means "eighth born child" in Akan.
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.
Baako m & f Western African, Akan
Means "first born child" in Akan.
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.
Berko m Western African, Akan
Means "first born" in Akan.
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
Means "God exists" in Igbo, a 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 performed great deeds" in Igbo.
Chukwuma m Western African, Igbo
Means "God knows" in Igbo, a 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.
Dubaku m & f Western African, Akan
Means "eleventh born child" in Akan.
Ebele f Western African, Igbo
Means "mercy, kindness" in Igbo.
Ebrima m Western African
Form of Ibrahim used in western Africa (Gambia).
Efe 2 m & f Western African, Urhobo
Short form of Efemena and 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 and 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
Short form of Chukwuemeka or other Igbo names ending with the same element.
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.
Enu m & f Western African, Akan
Means "fifth born child" in Akan.
Enyinnaya m Western African, Igbo
Means "his father's friend" in Igbo.
Enyonam f Western African, Ewe
Means "it is good for me" in Ewe.
Eseoghene m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "God's gift" in Urhobo.
Esi f Western African, Akan
Means "born on Sunday" in Akan.
Fatimata f Western African
Form of Fatimah used in western Africa.
Fatimatou f Western African
Form of Fatimah used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Fatoumata f Western African
Form of Fatimah used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
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.
Funmilayo f Western African, Yoruba
Means "give me joy" in Yoruba.
Gbemisola f Western African, Yoruba
Means "carry me into wealth" in Yoruba.
Gifty f Western African
From the English word gift. This name is most common in Ghana in Africa.
Haoua f Western African
Form of Hawa used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Harouna m Western African
Form of Harun used in parts of western Africa.
Haruna 2 m Western African, Hausa, Fula
Hausa and Fula form of Harun.
Hauwa f Western African, Hausa
Hausa form of Hawa.
Ibrahima m Western African
Form of Ibrahim used in parts of western Africa.
Idowu m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "born after twins" in Yoruba.
Ife f Western African, Yoruba
Means "love" in Yoruba.
Ifeanyi m Western African, Igbo
Means "nothing is impossible" in Igbo. It can be a short form of Ifeanyichukwu.
Ifeanyichukwu m Western African, Igbo
Means "nothing is impossible with God" in Igbo.
Ifeoma f Western African, Igbo
Means "good thing" in Igbo.
Ifiok m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means "wisdom" in Ibibio.
Ige f Western African, Yoruba
Means "born feet first" in Yoruba.
Ijeoma f Western African, Igbo
Means "good journey" in Igbo.
Ikechukwu m Western African, Igbo
Means "power of God" in Igbo.
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.
Issouf m Western African
Form of Yusuf used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Issoufou m Western African
Form of Yusuf used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Itoro m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means "praise, glory" in Ibibio.
Jatau m Western African, Hausa
Means "fair-coloured, light" in Hausa.
Kadiatou f Western African
Form of Khadija used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Kayin 1 m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "celebrated child" in Yoruba.
Kayode m Western African, Yoruba
Means "he brought joy" in Yoruba.
Kehinde m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "comes last" in Yoruba. It is typically given to the second of twins.
Koffi m Western African, Ewe
Ewe form of Kofi.
Kofi m Western African, Akan
Means "born on Friday" in Akan.
Komi m Western African, Ewe
Ewe form of Kwame.
Kunto f Western African, Akan
Means "third child" in Akan.
Kwabena m Western African, Akan
Means "born on Tuesday" in Akan.
Kwadwo m Western African, Akan
Means "born on Monday" in Akan.
Kwaku m Western African, Akan
Means "born on Wednesday" in Akan.
Kwame m Western African, Akan
Means "born on Saturday" in Akan.
Kwasi m Western African, Akan
Means "born on Sunday" in Akan.
Kyauta m Western African, Hausa
Means "gift" in Hausa.
Lassana m Western African
Form of Al-Hasan used in parts of western Africa (especially Mali).
Lumusi f Western African, Ewe
Means "born face down" in Ewe.
Mahamadou m Western African
Form of Muhammad used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Mamadou m Western African
Form of Muhammad used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Mamadu m Western African
Form of Muhammad used in western Africa (Guinea-Bissau).
Mariama f Western African
Form of Maryam common in western Africa.
Mawuli m Western African, Ewe
Means "God lives" in Ewe.
Mawunyo m & f Western African, Ewe
Means "God is good" in Ewe.
Modou m Western African
Short form of Mamadou.
Mojisola f Western African, Yoruba
Means "wake up to wealth" in Yoruba.
Monifa f Western African, Yoruba
Means "I am lucky" in Yoruba.
Moussa m Arabic, Western African
Alternate transcription of Arabic موسى (see Musa), as well as the form commonly used in western Africa.
Moustapha m Western African
Form of Mustafa used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Muhammadu m Western African, Hausa, Fula
Hausa and Fula form of Muhammad.
Naa f Western African, Ga
From a Ga word used as a feminine royal title.
Nana 4 m & f Western African, Akan
From an Akan word used as a title of a monarch.
Ndidi m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "patience" in Igbo.
Ngozi f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "blessing" in Igbo.
Nii m Western African, Ga
From a Ga word used as a masculine royal title.
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 future is greater" in Igbo.
Nkruma m & f Western African, Akan
Means "ninth born child" in Akan.
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.
Nsia m & f Western African, Akan
Means "sixth born child" in Akan.
Nsonowa m & f Western African, Akan
Means "seventh born child" in Akan.
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
Means "who is greater than God?" in Igbo, a 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.
Oumar m Western African
Form of Umar used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Oumarou m Western African
Form of Umar used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Ousmane m Western African
Form of Uthman used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Oyibo m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "white" in Urhobo.
Sadiq m Arabic, Urdu, Western African, Hausa
Means "loyal, true" in Arabic.
Salamatu f Western African
Form of Salama used in western Africa.
Seydou m Western African
Form of Sa'id used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Seynabou f Western African
Form of Zaynab used in parts of western Africa (mostly Senegal).
Simisola f Western African, Yoruba
Means "rest in wealth" in Yoruba.
Souleymane m Western African
Form of Sulayman used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Taiwo m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "taste the world, taste life" in Yoruba.
Temitope f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "enough to give thanks" in Yoruba.
Thema f Western African, Akan
Means "queen" in Akan.
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.
Umaru m Western African
Form of Umar used in western Africa.
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.
Yaa f Western African, Akan
Means "born on Thursday" in Akan.