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.
AANNULIRÓ f Bandial
Means "she was brought down inside" in Bandial.
ÁÁRÓNÌ m Yoruba
Yoruba form of Aaron.
ABA f Akan
Means "born on Thursday" in Fante, a dialect of Akan.
ABADI m Ijaw
Means "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 Akan
Means "first born" in Akan.
ABANA f African
Variant of Abena.
ABAYIE m & f Akan
Means "has come well" in Akan.
ABAYNESH f Amharic
Means "you are the Nile" in Amharic.
ABAYOMI m & f 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.
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.
ABEDEN m Nigerian
From a sentence meaning "twelfth born child" in the Nigerian language.
ABEIKU m Akan
Means "born on Wednesday" in Fante, a dialect of Akan.
ABEJUL m & f Bandial
Means "the one who pouts" in Bandial.
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 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
Means "song of God" in Igbo.
ABUK f African Mythology, Dinka
In Dinka mythology (south Sudan), the first woman. She is the patron goddess of women and gardens. Her emblem is a little snake. She is the mother of Deng (Danka).
ABUKKAKKEN f Bandial
Means "she entrusts to raise (her child)" in Bandial.
ABUNGU f Luo
Means "of the forest" in Luo.
ABUTO f Luo
Means "I have hidden" in Luo.
ACHAN f Dinka
Means "female child in the first pair of twins" in Dinka.
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.
ADAORA f Igbo
Means "the people's daughter" in Igbo.
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 "freed" 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.
ADESUA f Edo
Variant of Adesuwa.... [more]
ADESUWA f 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 Igede, Swahili
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.
ADIM m & f Efik
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.
ADUA f Tigrinya (Italian, Rare), Italian (Rare)
Italian form of ዓድዋ also spelled Adwa or Aduwa. This is an Ethiopian town whose name means "village of Awa (people)" in Tigrinya.... [more]
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.
AFIRÍYIE f Akan
Means "happy circumstances" in Akan.
AFIYA f African, Arabic
Means "health" in Arabic.
AFOGORI m & f Bandial
Means "S/he gets buried around" in Banjal. This is considered a 'death prevention' name.
AFRIYIE m & f Akan
Means "has appeared well" in Akan.
AFRYEA f Ewe
Means "born during happy times" in Ewe.
AFULUCHIANYA m Igbo
Means "does one see God?" in Igbo.
AFWERKI m Tigrinya, Ethiopian
Means "mouth of gold" in Tigrinya.
AGALEMBO m & f Bandial
Means "s/he ruins it" in Bandial.
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.
AGHADINUNO m Igbo
Means "war is in the house" in Igbo.
AGHILAS m Kabyle
Means "leopard; panther; lion" in Kabyle.
AGHILES m Kabyle
Variant of Aghilas.
AGIZUL m Berber
Means "brave" in Tamazight.
AGUTA m African
Allegedly a Lugbara name from Uganda.
AGWANG f Luo
Means "wolf" in Luo.
AGWMAR m Berber
Means "stallion" in Tamazight.
AGYEGYESΕM m & f Akan
Means "trouble making" in Akan.
AGYEMAN m Akan
Means "saviour of the nation" in Akan.
AHAMEFUNA m & f Igbo
Means "may my name not be lost" in Igbo.
AHAR m Berber
Means "lion" in Tamazight.
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.
AJAH m & f Bandial
Means "the clever one" in Bandial.
AJAŊA m Jola
Means "girl" in Jola-Fonyi.
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.
AKAMMBOÑAA f Jola
Means "she tries it for nothing" or "she does it there for nothing" in Jola-Fonyi. This is applied to a woman in reference to her repeated failure to carry a pregnancy to term, implying the bearer gets pregnant in vain.
AKANDE m Yoruba, Nigerian
means "first born"
AKAZIWE f Nguni
Means "she must be introduced" in Nguni.
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.
AKERSIM m Berber
Means "caracal" in Tamazight.
AKETCH f Luo
Means "born during a famine" in Luo.
AKHERE m & f Western African, Esan
Means "the younger twin" in Esan.
AKIKI m Eastern African, Nkore
Means "friend" in Nkore, spoken in Uganda.
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.
AKKALENJAYI f & m Bandial
Means "she torments her mother" or "he torments his mother" in Bandial (a Jola language of Senegal, also known as Gújjolaay Eegimaa).
AKKAYIL m Bandial
Means "he surpasses them" in Bandial.
AKLI m Kabyle
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.
AKOBUNDU m Igbo
Means "wisdom is life" in Igbo.
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.
AKPOMATUNEMIBOFA m & f Ijaw
Means "nobody has a knowledge of the world" 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.
AKU m Igbo
Means "wealth" in Igbo.
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
Means "elder, senior" in Efik and Ibibio.
AKWETE f Western African
Means "eldest of twins" in Ga.
AKWOKWO f African
Means "younger of twins" in Ga.
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).
ALDJYA f Kabyle
Means "doll" in Kabyle.
ALEEKI m Somali
Means "brave lion" in Somali.
ALEJEHEN m & f Bandial
Means "the one who trivialises things" in Banjal.
ALEK f Eastern African, Dinka
Means "black-and-white cow" in Dinka.... [more]
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), Hungarian
Archaic Swedish diminutive of Alhet and Dutch variant of Aleida as well as a Hungarian adoption of the Dutch name. In the Netherlands this name was borne by the country's first female physician, Aletta Jacobs (1854-1929).
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).
ALLSWELL m & f Western African (Rare), English (African, Rare, ?)
Presumably from the English phrase all's well.
ALMAZ m & f Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Bashkir, Tatar, Ethiopian, Amharic
Derived from Persian الماس (almâs) meaning "diamond". It is used as a masculine name in Turkic-speaking countries and regions of Russia, while it is feminine in Ethiopia.
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, African Mythology
Means "man of the people" in Igbo. He is the Igbo god of thunder and lightning.
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.
AMAKU m & f Efik
Of Eniong Origin
AMALU m Berber
Means "shadow" in Tamazight.
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 Eastern 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 African, Yoruba, 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 is now Senegal, existing from 1549 AD to 1879 AD.
AMASTAN m Tuareg
Means "protector, defender" in Tuareg, derived from the Tamazight root esten meaning "to protect, to defend".
AMASTANE m Northern African, Berber
Variant transcription of Amastan.
AMAYAS m Berber
Means "cheetah" in Tamazight.
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.
AMBO m & f Efik
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.
AMESSAN m Berber
Means "wise" in Tamazight.
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.
AMIGAAT m & f Bandial
Means "He/she has a skinny leg" in Banjal (also known as Gújjolaay Eegimaa).
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.
AMMENGUYYAH m Bandial
Means "he has many graves" in Bandial.
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
Means "command" in Swahili.
AMUKELANI m & f African, Tsonga
Means "acceptance" in Tsonga.
AMUL-YAAKAAR m & f Wolof
Means "s/he has no hope" in Wolof. This is considered a 'death prevention' name.
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.