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ABA f Akan
Means "born on Thursday" in Fante, a dialect of Akan.
ABADIBO f & m Ijaw
Means "a person from the sea" in Ijaw.
ABAYOMI m & f Yoruba
Means "he came to bring me joy and happiness" or "I would have been mocked" in Yoruba.
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.
ABERA m Ethiopian
Means "light" or "he shines". Used as both a given name and a surname.
ABIBA f Northern African
Has its origins in the Moroccan language and means "first child born after the grandmother has died."
ABOYO f Luo
Means "one who saunters" in Luo.
ABRA f Ewe
Means "Tuesday-born girl" in Ewe.
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
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.
ADAKU f Igbo
Means "daughter of wealth" in Igbo.
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.
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.
ADEMOLA m Yoruba
Means "the crown along with wealth" or "the crown has been added to the wealth" in Yoruba.
ADEOLA f & m Yoruba
Means "crown of wealth" in Yoruba. It is also a surname.
ADESUWA f Edo
Means "in the midst of prosperity" in Edo.
ADIA f Igede, Swahili
Means "queen" in Igede and "(valuable) gift" in Swahili, from Hausa adia
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.
AFAFA f Ewe
Means "the first child of the second husband" in Ewe.
AFOGORI m & f Bandial
Means "S/he gets buried around" in Banjal. This is considered a 'death prevention' name.
AFRYEA f Ewe
Means "born during happy times" in Ewe.
AIDEVO f Yoruba
Means "no one can change my destiny but God" in Yoruba.
AINOSE f & m Esan
Means "no one is greater than God" in Esan.
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.
AKETCH f Luo
Means "born during a famine" in Luo.
AKINFELA m Yoruba
Means "bravery expands the coast of wealth" in Yoruba.
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).
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.
AKOL m & f African
From Iteso in eastern uganda. Meaning nicelooking.
AKPO m & f Edo
Means "short person" in Edo.
AKPOMOFA f & m Ijaw
Means "the world is not as you think of it" in Ijaw.
AKÚ f Akan
Means "Wednesday" in Akan.
AKUNNA f Igbo
Means "father's wealth" in Igbo, from aku
meaning "property, wealth" and nna
ALAERE f Ijaw
Means "queen, woman of substance" in Ijaw.
ALATARI m & f Ijaw
Means "king's love" or "love of royalty" in Ijaw.
ALAZIDEI m Ijaw
Meaning "I have given birth to royalty" in Ijaw.
ALERA f & m Ogoni
Means "enough" or "it is enough" in Khana.
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.
AMADIKA f African
Is of African-Rhodesia origin and means "to be beloved".
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".
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".
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]
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.
AMIGAAT m & f Bandial
Means "He/she has a skinny leg" in Banjal (also known as Gújjolaay Eegimaa).
AMMA m African
The god of fertility and of rain among the Dagon of Mali and Sudan.
AMUL-YAAKAAR m & f Wolof
Means "s/he has no hope" in Wolof. This is considered a 'death prevention' name.
ANAISHE f & m Shona
Derived from Shona anashe
, meaning "who is with God".