African Submitted Names
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Means "born on Thursday" in Akan.
ABAYOMIm & fNigerian, Yoruba
Means "he came to bring me joy and happiness" or "I would have been mocked" in Yoruba.
Means "light" or "he shines". Used as both a given name and a surname.
Has its origins in the Moroccan language and means "first child born after the grandmother has died."
Means "one who saunters" in Luo.
Means "take the things of the world easy" in Igbo.
Means "daughter of wealth" in Igbo.
Means "she saved" or "she rescued" or "she has rescued them" in Amharic.
Frequently used by Amazigh people (Berbers) in North Africa and by Amazigh immigrants in Europe and elsewhre.
Means "the crown has given birth to more" in Yoruba. This is the name of the (Nigerian) mother of British musician Seal Samuel.
Means "the crown along with wealth" or "the crown has been added to the wealth" in Yoruba.
ADEOLAf & mYoruba
Both a Yoruba surname and a given name meaning "crown of wealth.”
Means "in the midst of prosperity" in Edo.
Means "queen" in Igede and "(valuable) gift" in Swahili, from Hausa adia
The name Adigheji means "Pillar of the house". It comes from the Nigerian minority language of Isoko.
Means "one (people) struggle(d) to care for" in Yoruba.
Means "the first child of the second husband" in Ewe.
Means "born during happy times" in Ewe.
Means "no one can change my destiny but God" in Yoruba.
AINOSEf & mEsan
Means "no one is greater than God" in Esan.
Means "born during a famine" in Luo.
AKLImBerber, 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.
AKOLm & fAfrican
From Iteso in eastern uganda. Meaning nicelooking.
AKONAWEmAfrican, Nigerian, Isoko
The name "Akonawe" meaning "Let the teeth laugh" originates from the Isoko ethnolinguistic group of the Niger Delta region of Southern Nigeria, a country located on the west coast of Africa and bothering Benin, Cameroon, Niger and Chad (via Lake Chad).
AKPOm & fEdo
Nigerian name, or nickname, meaning "Short person"
AKPOMOFAf & mIjaw
Means "the world is not as you think of it" in Ijaw.
Means "father's wealth" in Igbo, from aku
meaning "property, wealth" and nna
Efik and Ibibio origin, meaning Elder or Senior, (akwa Owo)
"how long"Isreali mythology
,used by the ijo speaking tribe.southern Nigeria,west africa.
ALATARIm & fIjaw
The name can has slight differ meanings with regards to the bearer and the reason for the name.... [more]
Meaning "I have given birth to royalty" in Ijaw.
It means 'brave lion' in Somali. This is the name of top model Waris Dirie'son.
ALERAf & mOgoni
Means "enough" or "it is enough" in Khana.
Is of African-Rhodesia origin and means "to be beloved".
Amadioha is the Igbo alusi of thunder and lightening.
AMANDLAm & fPopular 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".
AMARIm & fYoruba, 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.
AMASTANmBerber, Northern African
Tuareg name meaning "protector, defender", derived from the Tamazight root esten
meaning "to protect, to defend".
AMAZIGHmBerber, 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]
AMENAGHAWONf & mEdo
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.
Means "people are more valuable than material things" in Ewe.
The god of fertility and of rain among the Dagon of Mali and Sudan.
ANAISHEf & mShona
Derived from Shona anashe
, meaning "who is with God".
ANDIm & fDagbani
Means "you will win" or "victor" in Dagbani.
Means "let the gods not agree to bad things" in Igbo.
ANELEm & fZulu
Means "be enough; be sufficient; be adequate" in Zulu.
ANUARITEfCentral 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.
A notable bearer is Anyim Pius Anyim, a Nigerian politician.
ijaw meaning "Groundnut" named after apapa groundnut sea port in Lagos