African Submitted Names

African names are used in various places on the continent of Africa. See also about African names.
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AADENmSomali
Somali form of Adam.
AAMIINAfSomali
Somali form of Aminah.
ÁÁRÓNÌmYoruba
Yoruba form of Aaron.
ABAfAkan
Means "born on Thursday" in Akan.
ABADImIjaw
Meaning "a big sea" in Ijaw.
ABADIBOf & mIjaw
Means "a person from the sea" in Ijaw.
ABADIRmNear 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).
ABAKAfAkan
Means "first born" in Akan.
ABANAfAfrican
Variant of Abena.
ABAYNESHfAmharic
Means "you are the Nile" in Amharic.
ABAYOMIm & fYoruba
Means "he came to bring me joy and happiness" in Yoruba.
ABDIRAHIMmSomali
Somali form of Abdurrahim.
ABDOUmWestern African
Western African form of Abdul.
ABDOULmWestern African
Western African form of Abdul.
ABDOULAYEmWestern African, Wolof, Fula, Serer, Manding, Akan
Form of Abdullah used in West Africa.
ABDOUL AZIZmWestern African
Western African form of Abd al-Aziz.
ABDOUL KARIMmWestern African
Western African form of Abd al-Karim.
ABDOUL SALAMmWestern African
Western African form of Abdus Salam.
ABDULLAHImSomali, Nigerian
Form of Abdullah used in Somalia and Nigeria.
ABEBECHfAmharic, Ethiopian
Feminine form of Abebe.
ABEBIfAfrican
Variant of Abeni.
ABERAmEthiopian
Means "light" or "he shines". Used as both a given name and a surname.
ABIfNigerian
Means "owner" in Izere.
ABIBAfNorthern African
Has its origins in the Moroccan language and means "first child born after the grandmother has died."
ABIKANILEfYao
Meaning "listen" in Yao.
ABINAfAfrican
Variant of Abena.
ABIOLAf & mAfrican, African American (Modern), Nigerian, Yoruba
Means "born in honor" in Yoruba.
ABIONAf & mYoruba
Means "born during a journey" in Yoruba.
ABISADEm & fYoruba
Means "born into royalty" in Yoruba.
ABISOmYoruba
Means "given" or "acquired" in Yoruba.
ABIYmAmharic
Means "father's joy" in Amharic.
ABONGILEmXhosa
Means "thankfulness" in Xhosa.
ABOYOfLuo
Means "one who saunters" in Luo.
ABRAfWestern African, Ewe
Means "Tuesday-born girl" in Ewe.
ABREHAMmEthiopian
Ethiopian form of Abraham.
ABRIHETfTigrinya
Means "light" in Tigrinya.
ABSHIRmSomali
Means "congratulation" in Somali.
ABUCHIm & fIgbo, Western African, Nigerian
Means "song of God" in Igbo.
ABUNGUfLuo
Means "of the forest" in Luo.
ABUTOfLuo
Means "I have hidden" in Luo.
ACHIAfAfrican
strong youg women from homes liveing in the fileds... [more]
ACHIKEmIgbo
Means "take the things of the world easy" in Igbo.
ADAKUfIgbo
Means "daughter of wealth" in Igbo.
ADAMMAfIgbo
Means "daughter of beauty" in Igbo.
ADAMUmAmharic, Swahili, Hausa
Amharic, Swahili, and Hausa form of Adam.
ADANECHfAmharic
Means "she saved" or "she rescued" or "she has rescued them" in Amharic.
ADDImNorthern African
Frequently used by Amazigh people (Berbers) in North Africa and by Amazigh immigrants in Europe and elsewhre.
ADDINGTONmEnglish, 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".
ADDISf & mAmharic, Ethiopian
Derived from Amharic አዲስ (addis) "new".
ADDISUmEthiopian
Means "the new one".
ADEBIMPEfYoruba
Means "the crown is complete" in Yoruba.
ADEBISIfYoruba
Of Yoruba origin, the meaning is yet unknown to me. This is the name of the (Nigerian) mother of British musician Seal Samuel.
ADEDAMOLAmYoruba
Means "my crown mixed with blessing" in Yoruba.
ADEDEfLuo
Means "grasshopper" in Luo.
ADEDOYINf & mYoruba
Means "the crown is now honey" in Yoruba.
ADEFUNKEfYoruba
Means "the crown has given me to cherish" in Yoruba.
ADEJOKEfAfrican
Variant of Ajoke.
ADELAKUNmNigerian, Yoruba
Means "the crown opens the womb" in Yoruba.
ADELANmAfrican
African origin, also appears in French.
ADELEKEfYoruba
Means "crown achieves happiness" in Yoruba.
ADELOWOmYoruba
Means "crown has respect" in Yoruba.
ADEMOLAmYoruba
Means "the crown along with wealth" or "the crown has been added to the wealth" in Yoruba.
ADEMUREWAf & mYoruba
Means "the crown brought goodness" in Yoruba.
ADENIJImYoruba
Means "the crown has fame" in Yoruba.
ADENIKEfYoruba
Means "the crown is to be treasured" in Yoruba.
ADENIYImYoruba, Nigerian
Means "the crown is precious" in Yoruba.
ADEOLAf & mYoruba
Both a Yoruba surname and a given name meaning "crown of wealth.”
ADEPEROfNigerian, Yoruba
Means "the crown pacifies" in Yoruba. A notable bearer is Adepero Oduye (1977-), an American actress of Nigerian descent.
ADERFImBerber (Rare)
Means "the released" in Berber.
ADERONKEfYoruba
Means "crown has found something to pet" in Yoruba.
ADESIMBOfYoruba
Means "noble birth" in Yoruba.
ADESINAfYoruba
Means "the crown has opened the way" in Yoruba.
ADESOLAfYoruba
Means "the crown honored us" in Yoruba.
ADESUWAfEdo
Means "in the midst of prosperity" in Edo.
ADETULAmYoruba
Means "royalty survived again" in Yoruba.
ADETUTUf & mYoruba
Means "the crown is gentle" in Yoruba.
ADEWUMIm & fYoruba
Means "royalty attracts me" in Yoruba.
ADEWUYIm & fYoruba (Modern)
Means "royalty is prestigious" in Yoruba.
ADEYINKAf & mYoruba
Means "the crown surrounds me" in Yoruba.
ADHRAfSwahili
Means "apology" in Swahili.
ADIAfSwahili, Igede
Means "queen" in Igede and "(valuable) gift" in Swahili, from Hausa adia "gift".
ADIDmBerber
Meaning unknown.
ADIGHEJImNigerian (Rare)
The name Adigheji means "Pillar of the house". It comes from the Nigerian minority language of Isoko.
ADJEImAfrican
Used in Ghana, West Africa among Akan peoples.
ADMASSUmAmharic
Means "his horizon" in Amharic.
ADONGOmLuo, African
Means "second of the twins" in Luo.
ADUKEfYoruba
Means "one (people) struggle(d) to care for" in Yoruba.
ADUORfAfrican
Means "born at dawn" in Luo.
ADWINmAkan
Means "creative" in Akan.
AFAEmAfrican
Diminutive of Āfeworq.
AFAFAfEwe
Means "the first child of the second husband" in Ewe.
AFEmAfrican
Diminutive of Āfeworq.
AFIYAfAfrican, Arabic
Means "health" in Arabic.
AFRYEAfEwe
Means "born during happy times" in Ewe.
AFWERKImTigrinya, Ethiopian
Means "mouth of gold" in Tigrinya.
AGANJUmAfrican Mythology, Yoruba
The son of Obatala and Odudua. He marries his sister Yemaja and they produce a son named Orungan ("air").
AGBANIfNigerian
Meaning unknown.
AGHILASmBerber, Northern African
Means "tiger" in Central Atlas Tamazight or "leopard, panther" in Kabyle.
AGUTAmAfrican
Allegedly a Lugbara name from Uganda.
AGWANGfLuo
Means "wolf" in Luo.
AÏCHAfArabic (Maghrebi), Western African
Maghrebi and Western African variant of Aisha.
AICHAfArabic (Maghrebi), Western African
Variant transcription of Aïcha.
AÏCHATAfWestern African
Western African elaboration of Aïcha (see Aisha).
AÏCHATOUfWestern African
Western African elaboration of Aïcha (see Aisha).
AIDEVOfYoruba
Means "no one can change my destiny but God" in Yoruba.
AINAfYoruba
Means "difficult birth" in Yoruba.
AINOSEf & mEsan
Means "no one is greater than God" in Esan.
AÏSSAm & fArabic (Maghrebi), Western African
Maghrebi variant of Isa (chiefly Algerian) and Western African feminine variant of Aïcha. In the Maghreb, it is generally a masculine name while in West Africa, it is feminine.
AISSAfAfrican
Means "grateful".
AÏSSATOUfWestern African
Western African elaboration of Aisha.
AJANIm & fJamaican Patois, Yoruba
Means "one (we) fought to have" in Yoruba.
AJOKEfWestern African, African
One who is/will be priviledged to be taken care of by all.
AJUOGAfLuo
Means "doctor" in Luo.
AKACHUKWUmIgbo
Means "hand of God" in Igbo.
AKANDEmYoruba, Nigerian
means "first born"
AKEELAHfSouth African (Rare), English (Modern, Rare), Arabic
Variant of Akilah, notably used in the 2006 movie 'Akeelah and the Bee'
AKELLOfLuo
Means "born after twins" in Luo.
AKETCHfLuo
Means "born during a famine" in Luo.
AKIKImAfrican
means friend
AKINmYoruba
Means "the brave one" in Yoruba.
AKINBOLADEmYoruba
Means "bravery comes with wealth" in Yoruba.
AKINFELAmYoruba
Means "bravery expands the coast of wealth" in Yoruba.
AKINTUNDEmYoruba
Means "bravery returns" in Yoruba.
AKISSIfAkan
Means "born on Sunday" in Akan.
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.
AKLILUmTigrinya
Means "laurel wreath" in Tigrinya.
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).
AKPOEBIf & mIjaw
Means "life is good" in Ijaw.
AKPOMOFAf & mIjaw
Means "the world is not as you think of it" in Ijaw.
AKSILmBerber, Northern African, History
Means "cheetah" or "leopard" in Shawiya Tamazight. This was the real name of Kusaila (كسيلة), a 7th-century Berber king.
AKÚfAkan
Means "Wednesday" in Akan.
AKÚÁfAkan
Variant of Akua.
AKUNNAfIgbo
Means "father's wealth" in Igbo, from aku meaning "property, wealth" and nna meaning "father".
AKUWUEZIUKAf & mIgbo
Means "prosperity is a good talk" in Igbo.
AKWAmEfik, Ibibio
Efik and Ibibio origin, meaning Elder or Senior, (akwa Owo)
AKWETEfAfrican
Ga name given to the eldest twin
AKWOKWOfAfrican
Ga name given to the younger of twins
ALABRAHmIjaw
"how long"Isreali mythology,used by the ijo speaking tribe.southern Nigeria,west africa.
ALADEINYEFAf & mIjaw
Means "nothing is superior to royalty" in Ijaw.
ALATARIm & fIjaw
The name can has slight differ meanings with regards to the bearer and the reason for the name.... [more]
ALAZARmEthiopian
Meaning, "God is my help."
ALAZIDEImIjaw
Meaning "I have given birth to royalty" in Ijaw.
ALAZIMOf & mIjaw
Means "born into royalty" in Ijaw.
ALBARKAfHausa
Feminine form of Barak (2).
ALEEKImSomali
It means 'brave lion' in Somali. This is the name of top model Waris Dirie'son.
ALELEfAfrican
North African name.... [more]
ALEMUmAmharic
Means "they dreamt" in Amharic.
ALERAf & mOgoni
Means "enough" or "it is enough" in Khana.
ALETTAfDutch, Swedish (Archaic), Afrikaans, Icelandic (Modern, Rare)
Dutch variant of Aleida and archaic Swedish diminutive of Alhet. ... [more]
ALHERIf & mDagbani
Means "gift" or "kindness" in Dagbani.
ALILEfYao
Means "she weeps" in Yao.
ALIMAZIfAmharic
Means "diamond" in Amharic.
ALIOUNEmWestern African, Wolof, Fula, Serer
Form of Ali (1) used in parts of western Africa (chiefly Senegalese and Mauritanian).
ALMAZf & mEthiopian, Kazakh, African, Amharic, Arabic, Russian
Meaning, "diamond" in Amharic, Arabic, Russian and a number of other languages.
ALZENAfIndonesian (Rare), South African (Rare)
Possibly derived from Arabic النِسَاء‎ (an-nisāʾ) meaning "the woman".
AMADIKAfAfrican
Is of African-Rhodesia origin and means "to be beloved".
AMADIOHAmIgbo
Amadioha is the Igbo alusi of thunder and lightening.
AMAITARImIjaw
ijaw meaning "The Town Loves Me"
AMAKAIf & mWestern African
Meaning unknown.
AMAKAMAmIjaw
Means "feast for the town" in Ijaw.
AMAKEDImIjaw
ijaw meaning "Look Upon The Town"
AMANmTigrinya
Means "handsome" in Tigrinya.
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".
AMANIfTigrinya
Means "faith" in Tigrinya.
AMANYIREf & mAfrican, Nyoro, Tooro, Nkore, Kiga
Means "God knows" in Nyoro, Tooro, Nkore, and Kiga.
AMARACHUKWUfNigerian, Igbo
Means "God's Grace" in Igbo. (See Amara and Chukwu).
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]
AMBELUm & fAmharic
Possibly means "commander" in Amharic.
AMBESAmEthiopian (Modern)
The meaning of this Ethiopian names is "lion".
AMBESAfTigrinya
Means "lioness" in Tigrinya.
AMBUROfSomali
Seems to be derived from the surname Amburo.
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.
AMEWUSIKAfEwe
Means "people are more valuable than material things" in Ewe.
AMEYOfAkan
Means "Saturday" in Akan.
AMEZIANEmBerber, Northern African
Variant of Meziane (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
AMIBESAfAmharic
Means "lioness" in Amharic.
AMINATAfWestern African
Western African elaboration of Aminah.
AMINATOUfWestern African
Western African elaboration of Amina.
AMINATTAfWestern African (Rare)
Variant of Aminata. This is borne by Aminatta Forna (1964-), a British writer of Scottish and Sierra Leonean descent.
AMLESETfTigrinya
Means "She made it return" in Tigrinya.
AMMAmAfrican
The god of fertility and of rain among the Dagon of Mali and Sudan.
AMOGECHUKWUfIgbo
Means "no one knows God's timing" in Igbo.
AMOGELANGm & fSouth African, Sotho, Tswana
Means "welcome, receive or accept the child or situation".
AMOHELANGmSotho
Means "receive" in Sotho.
AMOKEf & mYoruba
Means "loving stroke" in Yoruba.
AMONDIfSwahili
Swahili form of Amani.
AMORÉfAfrikaans (Modern)
Afrikaans form of Amore.
AMRImSwahili, Arabic
"Power,authority,command"
AMUKELANIm & fAfrican, Tsonga
Means "acceptance" in Tsonga.
AMUSAfSouthern African
It is a Silozi or Lozi Name. Silozi or Lozi is a Zambian language.
ANAISHEf & mShona
Derived from Shona anashe, meaning "who is with God".
ANAIYAfAfrican
Similar to Anaya meaning "look up to god".
ANAMZOOYAmDagbani
Means "your power is great" in Dagbani.
ANANÉmAkan
Means "fourth born" in Akan.
ANANSIAfAfrican
Feminine form of Anansi.
ANAROUZmBerber, Northern African
Variant transcription of Anaruz.
ANARUZmBerber, Northern African
Means "hope" in Tamazight.
ANASAfSwahili
Means "joy" in Swahili.
ANAZIAfAfrican American (Modern), Nigerian
Originally a Nigerian surname of unknown meaning.
ANBESSAmTigrinya
Means "lion" in Tigrinya.
ANDIm & fDagbani
Means "you will win" or "victor" in Dagbani.
ANDISIWEfXhosa
Means "extension" in Xhosa.
ANDRICIAfSouth African
greek, meaning "strong"
ANDWELEmSwahili
Means "God brings me" in Swahili.
ANDZILEm & fTsonga
Means "multiplied and increased" in Xitsonga.
ANECIAfAfrican
first born daughter of goddess
ANEKWEmIgbo
Means "let the gods not agree to bad things" in Igbo.
ANELEm & fZulu
Means "be enough; be sufficient; be adequate" in Zulu.
ANFANIm & fDagbani
Means "benefit" in Dagbani.
ANIBESAmAmharic
Means "lion" in Amharic.
ANIEFIOKm & fNigerian, Ibibio
Means "who knows tomorrow?" in Ibibio.
ANIEKANABASIm & fAfrican, Ibibio, Nigerian
Means "who is like God or who is greater than God" in Ibibio.
ANIRmBerber, Northern African
Means "angel" in Tamazight.
ANISUNGf & mDagbani
Means "good intention" in Dagbani.
ANKIAfSouth African, Various
Possible diminutive of ANNA, ANKE, or ANNIKA meaning, "grace."
ANKOMAmWestern African, Akan
Means "last born of parents" in Akan.
ANNANmAkan
Variant of Anan (1).
ANNELINEfAfrikaans, Dutch, French (Archaic)
Variant of Annelien as well as an archaic French diminutive of Anne found up to the 1700s in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.
ANOESCHKAfDutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Variant of Anuschka. This is borne by Namibian author Anoeschka von Meck (1967-).
ANTOBAMfAfrican
Fante name which is given to a posthumous child
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.
ANUOLUWAPOm & fYoruba
Means "God's mercy is plenty" in Yoruba.
ANYANGfLuo
Means "crocodile" in Luo.
ANYIMmNigerian
A notable bearer is Anyim Pius Anyim, a Nigerian politician.
ANZANSIm & fDagbani
Means "courage" or "persistence" in Dagbani.
AONDOAKAAmAfrican
USED BY THE TIV PEOPLE OF NORTH CENTRAL NIGERIA
APAADImYoruba
Means "hell" in Yoruba.
APAPAmIjaw
ijaw meaning "Groundnut" named after apapa groundnut sea port in Lagos
APHIWEm & fAfrican
Means "given" in Zulu.
ARABAfAfrican
Girl born on a Tuesday, in Akan. (Same as Abena)
ARAGSANfSomali
Means "see" in Somali.
ARALOLAfYoruba
Means "family is wealth" in Yoruba.
ARANCHIfTigrinya
Means "orange (fruit)" in Tigrinya.