African Submitted Names
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ABADIBO f & m Ijaw
Means "a person from the sea" in Ijaw.
ABAYOMI m & f Nigerian, Yoruba
Means "he came to bring me joy and happiness" or "I would have been mocked" in Yoruba.
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.
ABUTO f Luo
Means "I have hidden" in Luo.
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.
ADDI m Northern African
Frequently used by Amazigh people (Berbers) in North Africa and by Amazigh immigrants in Europe and elsewhre.
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.
ADIA f Swahili, Igede
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.
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.
AKETCH f Luo
Means "born during a famine" in Luo.
AKINFELA m Yoruba
Means "bravery expands the coast of wealth" in Yoruba.
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.
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
AKWA m Efik, Ibibio
Efik and Ibibio origin, meaning Elder or Senior, (akwa Owo)
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.
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.
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 & 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.
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.
AMMA m African
The god of fertility and of rain among the Dagon of Mali and Sudan.
ANAISHE f & m Shona
Derived from Shona anashe
, meaning "who is with God".
ANDI m & f Dagbani
Means "you will win" or "victor" in Dagbani.
ANDZILE m & f Tsonga
Means "multiplied and increased" in Xitsonga.
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.
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.
ANYIM m Nigerian
A notable bearer is Anyim Pius Anyim, a Nigerian politician.