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 prayed and we received" in Yoruba.
Abidemi m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "born in my absence" in Yoruba. It is typically given to children born when the father is away.
Abimbola f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "born to me with wealth" in Yoruba.
Abiodun m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "born on a festival" in Yoruba.
Abiola f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "born into wealth" in Yoruba.
Abioye m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "born into royalty" in Yoruba.
Abosede f Western African, Yoruba
Means "comes with the start of the week" in Yoruba, given when the child is born on Sunday.
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 "eldest daughter of the king" in Igbo.
Adamou m Western African
Form of Adam used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Adanna f Western African, Igbo
Means "eldest daughter of the father" in Igbo.
Adannaya f Western African, Igbo
Means "eldest daughter of her father" in Igbo.
Ade 1 m & f Western African, Yoruba
From Yoruba adé meaning "crown", also a short form of other 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 meets wealth" in Yoruba.
Adebowale m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "the crown has returned 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 ascended the mountain" in Yoruba.
Adekunle m Western African, Yoruba
Means "the crown has filled the home" in Yoruba.
Ademola m Western African, Yoruba
Means "the crown is with wealth" in Yoruba.
Adenike f Western African, Yoruba
Means "the crown is to be cared for" in Yoruba.
Adeola f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "the crown of wealth" in Yoruba. It is also a surname.
Adetokunbo m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "the crown returns from over the sea" in Yoruba.
Adewale m Western African, Yoruba
Means "the crown has come home" in Yoruba.
Adisa m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "bundled up and set to dry" 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.
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]
Aishatu f Western African, Hausa
Hausa variant of Aisha.
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 f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "wealth from God" in Igbo.
Alaba f & m 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 "the charitable, the good" in Hausa, from Arabic خير (khayr).
Aliyu m Western African, Hausa
Hausa form of Ali 1.
Ama f Western African, Akan
Means "born on Saturday" in Akan.
Amadi 1 m Western African, Igbo
Means "freeborn man" in Igbo.
Amadi 2 m Western African (Rare), Yoruba (Rare)
Possibly 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 form in several other languages.
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.
Aminu m Western African, Hausa
Hausa form of Amin.
Anan 1 m & f Western African, Akan
Means "fourth born child" in Akan.
Anuli f Western African, Igbo
Means "joy" in Igbo.
Asabe f Western African, Hausa
From Hausa Asabar meaning "Saturday" (of Arabic origin).
Asma'u f Western African, Hausa
Hausa form of Asma.
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
From Yoruba ayọ̀ meaning "joy", or a short form of other names containing this 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 come again" in Yoruba.
Ayuba m Western African, Hausa
Hausa form of Job.
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 awakened" in Yoruba.
Babatunde m Western African, Yoruba
Means "father has come again" in Yoruba.
Balarabe m Western African, Hausa
Means "born on Wednesday" in Hausa, derived from Laraba "Wednesday".
Bamidele m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "follow me home" in Yoruba.
Bello m Western African, Fula, Hausa
Possibly from Fula ballo meaning "helper". This name was borne by Muhammad Bello (1781-1837), the second leader of the Sokoto Caliphate.
Berko m Western African, Akan
Means "first born" in Akan.
Bolanle f Western African, Yoruba
Means "find wealth at home" in Yoruba.
Bukola f Western African, Yoruba
Means "add to wealth" in Yoruba.
Chi 2 m & f African 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 (as opposed to the omnipresent Chukwu, though the names are used synonymously in some contexts). 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 more beautiful" in Igbo.
Chibueze m Western African, Igbo
Means "God is the king" in Igbo.
Chibuike m Western African, Igbo
Means "God is strength" in Igbo.
Chibuzo m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God is the way" in Igbo.
Chichi f Western African, Igbo
Diminutive of Chi 2.
Chidi m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God exists" in Igbo, derived from Chi 2, referring to God, and dị meaning "is". 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 wonderful" in Igbo.
Chidiegwu m Western African (Rare), Igbo (Rare)
Means "God is awe-inspiring" 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 & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God is guiding me" in Igbo.
Chiemeka m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God did a greater deed" in Igbo.
Chigozie m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God bless" in Igbo.
Chijindum m & f Western African (Rare), Igbo (Rare)
Means "God holds my life" in Igbo.
Chijioke m Western African, Igbo
Means "God holds a portion" in Igbo.
Chika 1 f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "God is greater" in Igbo.
Chike m Western African, Igbo
Means "God of strength" in Igbo.
Chikere m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God created" in Igbo.
Chima m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God knows" in Igbo, derived from Chi 2, referring to God, and meaning "know".
Chimezie m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God rectify" in Igbo.
Chinasa f Western African, Igbo
Means "God is answering" in Igbo.
Chinedu m Western African, Igbo
Means "God is leading" in Igbo.
Chinenye f Western African, Igbo
Means "God is giving" in Igbo.
Chinonso m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "God is nearby" in Igbo.
Chinwe f Western African, Igbo
Means "God possesses" in Igbo. It is also a short form of Igbo names beginning with Chinwe.
Chinweike m Western African, Igbo
Means "God possesses power" in Igbo.
Chinwendu f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "God possesses life" in Igbo.
Chinweuba m Western African, Igbo
Means "God possesses plenty" in Igbo.
Chinyere f Western African, Igbo
Means "God gave" in Igbo, derived from Chi 2, referring to God, and nyè meaning "give".
Chioma f Western African, Igbo
Means "good God" in Igbo, derived from Chi 2, referring to God, and ọ́má meaning "good, beautiful".
Chisom f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "God goes with me" in Igbo.
Chizoba f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "God continue to save" 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).
Chukwuebuka m Western African, Igbo
Means "God is greater" in Igbo.
Chukwuemeka m Western African, Igbo
Means "God did a greater deed" in Igbo.
Chukwuma m Western African, Igbo
Means "God knows" in Igbo (a variant of Chima using Chukwu as the first element).
Dada m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "curly hair" in Yoruba.
Ɗanjuma m Western African, Hausa
From Hausa ɗa "son" and Jumma'a "Friday".
Ɗanladi m Western African, Hausa
From Hausa ɗa "son" and Lahadi "Sunday".
Ɗanlami m Western African, Hausa
From Hausa ɗa "son" and Alhamis "Thursday".
Dayo m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "joy arrives" in Yoruba.
Dubaku m & f Western African, Akan
Means "eleventh born child" in Akan.
Ebere f Western African, Igbo
Means "mercy, kindness" in Igbo.
Ebrima m Western African
Form of Ibrahim used in western Africa (Gambia).
Ebuka m Western African, Igbo
Short form of Chukwuebuka or other Igbo names ending with the same element.
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.
Ejike m Western African, Igbo
Means "one having strength" in Igbo.
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 "thanks, gratitude" in Igbo.
Ekenedilichukwu m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "gratitude belongs to God" in Igbo.
Ekundayo f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "tears become joy" in Yoruba.
Ekwueme m Western African, Igbo
Means "one says, one does" in Igbo, indicating a person who is truthful about his behaviour.
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 (Rare), Yoruba (Rare)
Means "respect and honour me" in Yoruba.
Fumnanya f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "love me" in Igbo.
Funmilayo f Western African, Yoruba
Means "give me joy" in Yoruba, also a short form of Olufunmilayo or Oluwafunmilayo.
Gbemisola f Western African, Yoruba
Means "carry me into wealth" in Yoruba.
Hadizatu f Western African, Hausa
Hausa variant form of Khadija.
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.
Halimat f Western African, Hausa
Hausa variant of Halima.
Halimatu f Western African, Hausa
Hausa variant of Halima.
Hamisu m Western African, Hausa
From Arabic خامس (khamis) meaning "fifth", sometimes added to a given name to indicate the fifth sibling bearing it.
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.
Idrissa m Western African
Form of Idris 1 common in western Africa.
Ife f & m Western African, Yoruba
From Yoruba ìfẹ́ meaning "love".
Ifeanyi m Western African, Igbo
Means "we can do anything" in Igbo. It can be a short form of Ifeanyichukwu.
Ifeanyichukwu m Western African, Igbo
Means "we can do anything with God" in Igbo.
Ifeoma f Western African, Igbo
Means "good thing" in Igbo, derived from ífé meaning "thing" and ọ́má meaning "good, beautiful".
Ifiok m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means "wisdom" in Ibibio.
Ifunanya f Western African, Igbo
Means "love" in Igbo (literally "to see in one's eye").
Ige f & m 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 "power of the father" 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.
Iyabo f Western African, Yoruba
Means "mother has returned" in Yoruba.
Jamila f Arabic, Urdu, Western African, Hausa
Alternate transcription of Arabic جميلة (see Jamilah), as well as the usual Urdu and Hausa form.
Jatau m Western African, Hausa
Means "fair-coloured, light" in Hausa.
Jummai f Western African, Hausa
From Hausa Jumma'a meaning "Friday" (of Arabic origin).
Kadiatou f Western African
Form of Khadija used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Kayin 1 m & f Western African (Rare), Yoruba (Rare)
Means "celebrate" in Yoruba.
Kayode m Western African, Yoruba
Means "bringing joy" in Yoruba.
Kehinde m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "comes last" in Yoruba. It is typically given to the second of twins.
Kelechi m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "thank God" in Igbo.
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 & f Western African, Hausa
Means "gift" in Hausa.
Ladi f Western African, Hausa
From Hausa Lahadi meaning "Sunday" (of Arabic origin).
Lassana m Western African
Form of Al-Hasan used in parts of western Africa (especially Mali).
Lawal m Western African, Hausa
From Arabic أوّل (awwal) meaning "first". It is sometimes added to the name of the first of multiple siblings who share the same given name.
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).
Mamman m Western African, Hausa
Contracted form of Muhammadu.
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 "I wake up to wealth" in Yoruba.
Monifa f Western African (Rare), Yoruba (Rare)
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.
Musa m Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Western African, Hausa
Arabic, Turkish, Persian and Hausa form of Moses.
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 f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "patience" in Igbo.
Ndubuisi m Western African, Igbo
Means "life is foremost" in Igbo.
Ngozi f 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 "this which God gave" in Igbo.
Nkemdilim f Western African, Igbo
Means "that which is mine belongs to me" in Igbo.
Nkiruka f Western African, Igbo
Means "that to come 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 "mother is greater" in Igbo.
Nnenna f Western African, Igbo
Means "father's mother" in Igbo. This name is given in honour of the child's paternal grandmother.
Nnenne f Western African, Igbo
Means "mother's mother" in Igbo. This name is given in honour of the child's 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 "sibling is greater" in Igbo.
Obi m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "heart" in Igbo.
Obinna m Western African, Igbo
Means "heart of the father" in Igbo, from óbì "heart, mind" and ńnà "father".
Ogechi f Western African, Igbo
Means "God's time" in Igbo.
Ogechukwu f Western African, Igbo
Means "God's time" in Igbo (a variant of Ogechi using Chukwu as the second element).
Ogechukwukamma f Western African (Rare), Igbo (Rare)
Means "God's time is greater" 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.
Ogochukwu f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "favour of God" in Igbo.
Okafor m Western African, Igbo
Means "boy (born on) Afor" in Igbo, Afor being one of the four days of the Igbo week.
Okechukwu m Western African, Igbo
Means "portion of God" in Igbo.
Okeke m Western African, Igbo
Means "boy (born on) Eke" in Igbo, Eke being one of the four days of the Igbo week.
Okonkwo m Western African, Igbo
Means "boy (born on) Nkwo" in Igbo, Nkwo being one of the four days of the Igbo week.
Okorie m Western African, Igbo
Means "boy (born on) Orie" in Igbo, Orie being one of the four days of the Igbo week.
Okoro m Western African, Igbo
Means "boy, young man" in Igbo.