African Submitted Names

African names are used in various places on the continent of Africa. See also about African names.
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AADEN m Somali
Somali form of Adam.
AAMIINA f Somali
Somali form of Aminah.
ÁÁRÓNÌ m Yoruba
Yoruba form of Aaron.
ABA f Western African, Akan, Fante
Means "born on Thursday" in Fante, a dialect of Akan.
ABADI m Ijaw
Meaning "a big sea" in Ijaw.
ABADIBO f & m Ijaw
Means "a person from the sea" in Ijaw.
ABADIR m Near Eastern Mythology, Coptic (Bohairic), Coptic (Sahidic), Arabic (Archaic), Harari, Somali (Archaic)
Means "mighty father". This was a Phoenician name for the highest deity. It was borne by a legendary Coptic saint who was martyred with his sister Irais (or Iraja, Herais, Rhais).
ABAKA f Western African, Akan
Means "first born" in Akan.
ABANA f African
Variant of Abena.
ABAYNESH f Amharic
Means "you are the Nile" in Amharic.
ABAYOMI m & f Nigerian, Yoruba
Means "he came to bring me joy and happiness" or "I would have been mocked" in Yoruba.
ABDI m Somali, Indonesian, Turkish
Derived from Arabic عَبْد (ʿabd) meaning "servant".
ABDIRAHIM m Somali
Somali form of Abdurrahim.
ABDIRAHMAN m Somali
Somali form of Abdul-Rahman.
ABDOU m Western African
Western African form of Abdul.
ABDOUL m Western African
Western African form of Abdul.
ABDOULAYE m Western African, Wolof, Fula, Serer, Manding, Akan
Form of Abdullah used in West Africa.
ABDOUL AZIZ m Western African
Western African form of Abd al-Aziz.
ABDOUL KARIM m Western African
Western African form of Abd al-Karim.
ABDOUL SALAM m Western African
Western African form of Abdus Salam.
ABDULLAHI m Somali, Nigerian
Form of Abdullah used in Somalia and Nigeria.
ABEBECH f Amharic, Ethiopian
Feminine form of Abebe.
ABEBI f African
Variant of Abeni.
ABEIKU m Western African, Akan, Fante
Means "born on Wednesday" in Fante, a dialect of Akan.
ABERA m Ethiopian
Means "light" or "he shines". Used as both a given name and a surname.
ABI f Nigerian
Means "owner" in Izere.
ABIBA f Northern African
Has its origins in the Moroccan language and means "first child born after the grandmother has died."
ABIGAILI f Biblical, Swahili
Swahili form of Abigail.
ABIGAJIL f Norwegian (Rare, Archaic), Swedish (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare), Danish (Rare)
Variant of Abigail used in the Norwegian translation of the Bible.
ABIKANILE f Yao
Meaning "listen" in Yao.
ABINA f African
Variant of Abena.
ABIOLA f & m African, African American (Modern), Nigerian, Yoruba
Means "born in honor" in Yoruba.
ABIONA f & m Yoruba
Means "born during a journey" in Yoruba.
ABISADE m & f Yoruba
Means "born into royalty" in Yoruba.
ABISO m Yoruba
Means "given" or "acquired" in Yoruba.
ABIY m Amharic
Means "father's joy" in Amharic.
ABONGILE m Xhosa
Means "thankfulness" in Xhosa.
ABOYO f Luo
Means "one who saunters" in Luo.
ABRA f Western African, Ewe
Means "Tuesday-born girl" in Ewe.
ABREHAM m Ethiopian
Ethiopian form of Abraham.
ABRIHET f Tigrinya
Means "light" in Tigrinya.
ABSHIR m Somali
Means "congratulation" in Somali.
ABUCHI m & f Igbo, Western African, Nigerian
Means "song of God" in Igbo.
ABUNGU f Luo
Means "of the forest" in Luo.
ABUTO f Luo
Means "I have hidden" in Luo.
ACHIA f African
strong youg women from homes liveing in the fileds... [more]
ACHIKE m Igbo
Means "take the things of the world easy" in Igbo.
ADA m Idoma
Means "father" in Idoma.
ADAKU f Igbo
Means "daughter of wealth" in Igbo.
ADAMMA f Igbo
Means "daughter of beauty" in Igbo.
ADAMU m Amharic, Swahili, Hausa
Amharic, Swahili, and Hausa form of Adam.
ADANECH f Amharic
Means "she saved" or "she rescued" or "she has rescued them" in Amharic.
ADDI m Northern African
Frequently used by Amazigh people (Berbers) in North Africa and by Amazigh immigrants in Europe and elsewhre.
ADDINGTON m English, South African
From a surname which comes from either of the Old English place names Eaddingtūn, meaning "Eadda's town", or Æddingtūn, "Æddi's town".
ADDIS f & m Amharic, Ethiopian
Derived from Amharic አዲስ (addis) "new".
ADDISU m Ethiopian
Means "the new one".
ADEBEN m African
Means "twelfth born son".
ADEBIMPE f Yoruba
Means "the crown is complete" in Yoruba.
ADEBISI f Yoruba
Means "the crown has given birth to more" in Yoruba. This is the name of the (Nigerian) mother of British musician Seal Samuel.
ADEDAMOLA m Yoruba
Means "my crown mixed with blessing" in Yoruba.
ADEDE f Luo
Means "grasshopper" in Luo.
ADEDOYIN f & m Yoruba
Means "the crown is now honey" in Yoruba.
ADEFUNKE f Yoruba
Means "the crown has given me to cherish" in Yoruba.
ADEJOKE f African
Variant of Ajoke.
ADELAKUN m Nigerian, Yoruba
Means "the crown opens the womb" in Yoruba.
ADELAN m African
African origin, also appears in French.
ADELEKE f Yoruba
Means "crown achieves happiness" in Yoruba.
ADELOWO m Nigerian, Yoruba
Means "the crown has honour" or "the crown has respect" in Yoruba.
ADEMOLA m Yoruba
Means "the crown along with wealth" or "the crown has been added to the wealth" in Yoruba.
ADEMUREWA f & m Yoruba
Means "the crown brought goodness" in Yoruba.
ADENIJI m Yoruba
Means "the crown has fame" in Yoruba.
ADENIKE f Yoruba
Means "the crown is to be treasured" in Yoruba.
ADENIYI m Yoruba, Nigerian
Means "the crown is precious" in Yoruba.
ADEOLA f & m Yoruba
Means "crown of wealth" in Yoruba. It is also a surname.
ADEPERO f Nigerian, Yoruba
Means "the crown pacifies" or "the crown calms" in Yoruba.
ADERFI m Berber (Rare)
Means "the released" in Berber.
ADERONKE f Yoruba
Means "crown has found something to pet" in Yoruba.
ADESIMBO f Yoruba
Means "noble birth" in Yoruba.
ADESINA f Yoruba
Means "the crown has opened the way" in Yoruba.
ADESOLA f Yoruba
Means "the crown honored us" in Yoruba.
ADESUWA f Western African, Edo
Means "in the midst of prosperity" in Edo.
ADETULA m Yoruba
Means "royalty survived again" in Yoruba.
ADETULE m Yoruba
Variant of Adetula.
ADETUTU f & m Yoruba
Means "the crown is gentle" in Yoruba.
ADEWUMI m & f Yoruba
Means "royalty attracts me" in Yoruba.
ADEWUYI m & f Yoruba (Modern)
Means "royalty is prestigious" in Yoruba.
ADEYINKA f & m Yoruba
Means "the crown surrounds me" in Yoruba.
ADHRA f Swahili
Means "apology" in Swahili.
ADIA f Swahili, Igede
Means "queen" in Igede and "(valuable) gift" in Swahili, from Hausa adia "gift".
ADID m Berber
Meaning unknown.
ADIGHEJI m Isoko (Rare)
Means "pillar of the house" in Isoko.
ADMASSU m Amharic
Means "his horizon" in Amharic.
ADOLE m Idoma
Means "father of the house" in Idoma.
ADONGO m & f Luo
Means "second of the twins" in Luo.
ADUKE f Yoruba
Means "one (people) struggle(d) to care for" in Yoruba.
ADUOR f Eastern African, Luo
Means "born at dawn" in Luo.
ADWIN m Akan
Means "creative" in Akan.
AFAE m African
Diminutive of Āfeworq.
AFAFA f Ewe
Means "the first child of the second husband" in Ewe.
AFE m African
Diminutive of Āfeworq.
AFIYA f African, Arabic
Means "health" in Arabic.
AFRYEA f Ewe
Means "born during happy times" in Ewe.
AFWERKI m Tigrinya, Ethiopian
Means "mouth of gold" in Tigrinya.
AGANJU m African Mythology, Yoruba
The son of Obatala and Odudua. He marries his sister Yemaja and they produce a son named Orungan ("air").
AGBANI f Nigerian
Meaning unknown.
AGHILAS m Berber, Northern African
Means "tiger" in Central Atlas Tamazight or "leopard, panther" in Kabyle.
AGUTA m African
Allegedly a Lugbara name from Uganda.
AGWANG f Luo
Means "wolf" in Luo.
AÏCHA f Arabic (Maghrebi), Western African
Maghrebi and Western African variant of Aisha.
AICHA f Arabic (Maghrebi), Western African
Variant transcription of Aïcha.
AÏCHATA f Western African
Western African elaboration of Aïcha (see Aisha).
AÏCHATOU f Western African
Western African elaboration of Aïcha (see Aisha).
AIDEVO f Yoruba
Means "no one can change my destiny but God" in Yoruba.
AINA f Yoruba
Means "difficult birth" in Yoruba.
AINOSE f & m Esan
Means "no one is greater than God" in Esan.
AISSA f Western African
Form of Aisha used in West African countries (primarily Mali, Senegal, and Cameroon).
AÏSSATOU f Western African
Western African elaboration of Aisha.
AJANI m & f Jamaican Patois, Yoruba
Means "one (we) fought to have" in Yoruba.
AJOKE f Yoruba
Means "jointly beloved" in Yoruba.
AJUOGA f Luo
Means "doctor" in Luo.
AKACHUKWU m Igbo
Means "hand of God" in Igbo.
AKANDE m Yoruba, Nigerian
means "first born"
AKEELAH f South African (Rare), English (Modern, Rare), Arabic
Variant of Akilah, notably used in the 2006 movie 'Akeelah and the Bee'
AKELLO f Luo
Means "born after twins" in Luo.
AKETCH f Luo
Means "born during a famine" in Luo.
AKIKI m Nkore
Means "friend" in Nkore.
AKIN m Yoruba
Means "the brave one" in Yoruba.
AKINBOLADE m Yoruba
Means "bravery comes with wealth" in Yoruba.
AKINFELA m Yoruba
Means "bravery expands the coast of wealth" in Yoruba.
AKINTUNDE m Yoruba
Means "bravery returns" in Yoruba.
AKISSI f Akan
Means "born on Sunday" in Akan.
AKLI m Berber, Northern African
Means "slave, prisoner, captive" in Kabyle. It was historically used to refer to Tuareg slaves and servants, who are typically dark-skinned in colour.
AKLILU m Tigrinya
Means "laurel wreath" in Tigrinya.
AKOL m & f African
From Iteso in eastern uganda. Meaning nicelooking.
AKONAWE m Isoko
Means "let the teeth laugh" in Isoko.
AKPO m & f Edo
Means "short person" in Edo.
AKPOEBI f & m Western African, Ijaw
Means "life is good" in Ijaw.
AKPOMOFA f & m Ijaw
Means "the world is not as you think of it" in Ijaw.
AKSIL m Berber, Northern African, History
Means "cheetah" or "leopard" in Shawiya Tamazight. This was the real name of Kusaila (كسيلة), a 7th-century Berber king.
AKÚ f Akan
Means "Wednesday" in Akan.
AKÚÁ f Akan
Variant of Akua.
AKUNNA f Igbo
Means "father's wealth" in Igbo, from aku meaning "property, wealth" and nna meaning "father".
AKUWUEZIUKA f & m Igbo
Means "prosperity is a good talk" in Igbo.
AKWA m Efik, Ibibio
Efik and Ibibio origin, meaning Elder or Senior, (akwa Owo)
AKWETE f African
Ga name given to the eldest twin
AKWOKWO f African
Ga name given to the younger of twins
ALABRAH m Ijaw
Means "how long" in Ijaw.
ALADEINYEFA f & m Ijaw
Means "nothing is superior to royalty" in Ijaw.
ALAERE f Ijaw
Means "queen, woman of substance" in Ijaw.
ALAKI m African
strong
ALAOWEI m Ijaw
Means "noble man" in Ijaw.
ALATA f Ijaw
Means "royal wife" in Ijaw.
ALATARI m & f Ijaw
Means "king's love" or "love of royalty" in Ijaw.
ALAYINGI f Ijaw (Rare)
Means "royal mother" in Ijaw.
ALAZAR m Ethiopian
Meaning, "God is my help."
ALAZIDEI m Ijaw
Meaning "I have given birth to royalty" in Ijaw.
ALAZIMO f & m Ijaw
Means "born into royalty" in Ijaw.
ALBARKA f Hausa
Feminine form of Barak (2).
ALEEKI m Somali
Means "brave lion" in Somali.
ALELE f African
North African name.... [more]
ALEMU m Amharic
Means "they dreamt" in Amharic.
ALERA f & m Ogoni
Means "enough" or "it is enough" in Khana.
ALETTA f Dutch, Swedish (Archaic), Afrikaans, Icelandic (Modern, Rare)
Dutch variant of Aleida and archaic Swedish diminutive of Alhet. ... [more]
ALHERI f & m Dagbani
Means "gift" or "kindness" in Dagbani.
ALILE f Yao
Means "she weeps" in Yao.
ALIMAZI f Amharic
Means "diamond" in Amharic.
ALIOUNE m Western African, Wolof, Fula, Serer
Form of Ali (1) used in parts of western Africa (chiefly Senegalese and Mauritanian).
ALMAZ f & m Ethiopian, Kazakh, African, Amharic, Arabic, Russian
Meaning, "diamond" in Amharic, Arabic, Russian and a number of other languages.
ALZENA f Indonesian (Rare), South African (Rare)
Possibly derived from Arabic النِسَاء‎ (an-nisāʾ) meaning "the woman".
AMADIKA f African
Is of African-Rhodesia origin and means "to be beloved".
AMADIOHA m Igbo
Amadioha is the Igbo alusi of thunder and lightening.
AMAITARI m Ijaw
Means "the town loves me" in Ijaw.
AMAKAI f & m Western African
Meaning unknown.
AMAKAMA m Ijaw
Means "feast for the town" in Ijaw.
AMAKEDI m Ijaw
Means "look upon the town" in Ijaw.
AMAN m Tigrinya
Means "handsome" in Tigrinya.
AMANDLA m & f Popular Culture (?), African
Xhosa and Zulu word meaning "power". Mandla, which is derived from "amandla", is also a common first name in South Africa. Amandla Stenberg is an American teen actress, and her mother chose the name after being inspired by Miles Davis' 1989 album "Amandla".
AMANI f Tigrinya
Means "faith" in Tigrinya.
AMANYIRE f & m African, Nyoro, Tooro, Nkore, Kiga
Means "God knows" in Nyoro, Tooro, Nkore, and Kiga.
AMARACHUKWU f Nigerian, Igbo
Means "God's grace" in Igbo. (See Amara and Chukwu).
AMARI m & f Yoruba, African American, African, Western African
A noted bearer was a Damel of Cayor, Amari Ngoné Ndella, who ruled from 1790 AD to 1809 AD. The Kingdom of Cayor was one of the largest of most powerful kingdoms in what was is now Senegal, existing from 1549 AD to 1879 AD.
AMASTAN m Berber, Northern African
Means "protector, defender", derived from the Tamazight root esten meaning "to protect, to defend".
AMAZIGH m Berber, Northern African
Derived from the Central Atlas Tamazight word ⴰⵎⴰⵣⵉⵖ (Amaziɣ), which is the self-designation of the Berber (Amazigh) people of North Africa. The name itself is of unknown meaning, though folk etymologies claim the meaning of "free-man", deriving from Taznatit (Gurara) aze meaning "to be strong" and Tamasheq (a variety of Turareg) jeɣeɣ meaning "to be brave"... [more]
AMBELU m & f Amharic
Possibly means "commander" in Amharic.
AMBESA m Ethiopian (Modern)
The meaning of this Ethiopian names is "lion".
AMBESA f Tigrinya
Means "lioness" in Tigrinya.
AMBURO f Somali
Seems to be derived from the surname Amburo.
AMENAGHAWON f & m Western African, Edo
Literally translated to "the water you shall drink" in Edo, from the proverb Amen na gha won ighi le se omwan rhae, meaning "the water you shall drink will surely come to be", implying that what is destined to be, will be.
AMEWUSIKA f Ewe
Means "people are more valuable than material things" in Ewe.
AMEYO f Akan
Means "Saturday" in Akan.
AMEZIANE m Berber, Northern African
Variant of Meziane (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
AMIBESA f Amharic
Means "lioness" in Amharic.
AMINATA f Western African
Western African elaboration of Aminah.
AMINATOU f Western African
Western African elaboration of Amina.
AMINATTA f Western African (Rare)
Variant of Aminata. This is borne by Aminatta Forna (1964-), a British writer of Scottish and Sierra Leonean descent.
AMLESET f Tigrinya
Means "she made it return" in Tigrinya.
AMMA m African
The god of fertility and of rain among the Dagon of Mali and Sudan.
AMOGECHUKWU f Igbo
Means "no one knows God's timing" in Igbo.
AMOGELANG m & f South African, Sotho, Tswana
Means "welcome, receive or accept the child or situation".
AMOHELANG m Sotho
Means "receive" in Sotho.
AMOKE f & m Yoruba
Means "loving stroke" in Yoruba.
AMONDI f Swahili
Swahili form of Amani.
AMORÉ f Afrikaans (Modern)
Afrikaans form of Amore.
AMRI m Swahili, Arabic
"Power,authority,command"
AMUKELANI m & f African, Tsonga
Means "acceptance" in Tsonga.
AMUSA f Southern African
It is a Silozi or Lozi Name. Silozi or Lozi is a Zambian language.
ANAISHE f & m Shona
Derived from Shona anashe, meaning "who is with God".
ANAIYA f African
Similar to Anaya meaning "look up to god".
ANAMZOOYA m Dagbani
Means "your power is great" in Dagbani.
ANANÉ m Akan
Means "fourth born" in Akan.
ANANSIA f African
Feminine form of Anansi.
ANAROUZ m Berber, Northern African
Variant transcription of Anaruz.
ANARUZ m Berber, Northern African
Means "hope" in Tamazight.
ANASA f Swahili
Means "joy" in Swahili.
ANAZIA f African American (Modern), Nigerian
Originally a Nigerian surname of unknown meaning.
ANBESSA m Tigrinya
Means "lion" in Tigrinya.
ANDI m & f Dagbani
Means "you will win" or "victor" in Dagbani.
ANDISIWE f Xhosa
Means "extension" in Xhosa.
ANDRICIA f South African
greek, meaning "strong"
ANDWELE m Swahili
Means "God brings me" in Swahili.
ANDZILE m & f Tsonga
Means "multiplied and increased" in Xitsonga.
ANECIA f African
first born daughter of goddess
ANEKE f Afrikaans
Variant of Anneke.
ANEKWE m Igbo
Means "let the gods not agree to bad things" in Igbo.
ANELE m & f Zulu
Means "be enough; be sufficient; be adequate" in Zulu.
ANFANI m & f Dagbani
Means "benefit" in Dagbani.
ANIBESA m Amharic
Means "lion" in Amharic.
ANIEFIOK m & f Nigerian, Ibibio
Means "who knows tomorrow?" in Ibibio.
ANIEKANABASI m Western African, Ibibio, Nigerian
Means "who is greater than God?" in Ibibio.
ANIR m Berber, Northern African
Means "angel" in Tamazight.
ANISUNG f & m Dagbani
Means "good intention" in Dagbani.
ANKIA f South African, Various
Possible diminutive of ANNA, ANKE, or ANNIKA meaning, "grace."
ANKOMA m Western African, Akan
Means "last born of parents" in Akan.
ANNAN m Akan
Variant of Anan (1).
ANNELINE f Afrikaans, Dutch, French (Archaic), Danish, Norwegian
Dutch and Afrikaans variant of Annelien as well as a Danish and Norwegian combination of Anne and Line (and thus a cognate of Annelien) as well as a Danish, Norwegian and archaic French diminutive of Anne found up to the 1700s in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.
ANOESCHKA f Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Variant of Anuschka. This is borne by Namibian author Anoeschka von Meck (1967-).
ANTOBAM f Akan
Means "posthumous child" in Fante. It is typically given to a child whose father died before they were born.
ANUARITE f Central African (Rare)
Of uncertain origin, allegedly meaning "one who laughs at war". This is best known as the name of the Blessed Marie-Clémentine Anuarite Nengapeta (1939-1964), a Congolese nun who was killed at the age of 24 during the Congo Crisis; she was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1985.
ANUOLUWAPO m & f Yoruba
Means "God's mercy is plenty" in Yoruba.
ANYA-KATI m & f Afizere
Means "favour" in Afizere.
ANYANG f Luo
Means "crocodile" in Luo.
ANYIM m Nigerian
A notable bearer is Anyim Pius Anyim, a Nigerian politician.
ANZANSI m & f Dagbani
Means "courage" or "persistence" in Dagbani.