English (African) Submitted Names

These names are a subset of English names used more often in Africa (in regions where English is spoken as a second language). See also about English names.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Abigael f & m English, English (African), Spanish (Latin American), Filipino
Variant of Abigail. Masculine usage is mostly restricted to Latin America and the Philippines (though it is still more often used as a feminine name in that part of the world).
Ajay m English (African, Modern)
Phonetic spelling of the initials A and J.... [more]
Allswell m & f Western African (Rare), English (African, Rare, ?)
Presumably from the English phrase all's well.
Armartie m English (African)
A famous bearer of this name is Wayne Armartie Laryea (1952-) a British-born musician and actor with Ghanian ancestry.
Benevolence f & m English (African)
From the English word, ultimately from Latin bene volent "well wishing".
Brilliant m English (African, Rare), African American (Modern, Rare)
Possibly from the English word brilliant meaning "(of light or color) very bright and radiant".
Calvine f English (African)
Feminine form of Calvin.
Clever m English (African), Spanish (Latin American)
From the English word clever.
Deeriq m African American, English (African), Western African
Elaboration of Eric using popular prefex De-.
Emiah f English (African, Rare)
The name Emiah originated in Hebrew. Emiah means "Gift of God."
Esnath f English (African)
Likely a variation of Asenath.
Fate m & f English, English (American), English (African)
Either a direct derivation of the English word fate or a diminutive of Lafayette. The latter is what led the name to being used as a majority masculine name in the 19th and 20th centuries in the United States.
Favour f English (Puritan), English (African)
Meaning, "to feel or show preference for someone or something."
Felician m English (African), Lengadocian, Provençal, Gascon, Romanian, History (Ecclesiastical)
English, Romanian and Occitan form of Felicianus. Saint Felician was a companion of St. Victor of Marseilles.
Gelasius m Ancient Greek (Latinized), English (African, Rare, ?), Irish (Archaic)
Latinized form of the Greek name Γελάσιος (Gelasios), which is derived from Greek γέλασις (gelasis) "laughing", from the verb γελασείω (gelaseiô) "to be ready to laugh"... [more]
Gift f & m English (Puritan), English (African, Rare)
From the English word "gift", ultimately from Old Norse. A rare Puritan virtue name.
Henrie m Dutch, English (African, Rare)
Dutch form of Henry and English variant of Henry.
Immaculate f English, English (African), Filipino (Rare), Indian (Christian)
English form of Inmaculada. It is mainly used in African countries where English is one of the official languages.
Isabellah f English (African)
Variant of Isabella, primarily used in Kenya.
Izley f English (African)
Form of girl name Eisele, transferred use of surname Eisele.
Jireh m & f Biblical, Filipino, English, English (African, Rare), French (African), Spanish (Latin American, Rare)
From the second part of the place name יְהוָה יִרְאֶה‎ (YHWH yir'e) in the land of Moriah, meaning either "the Lord sees" (also "will see" or "will see to it") or "the Lord will provide," so named by Abraham after God provided a ram to sacrifice in place of his son Isaac.
Kingdom m English (American, Rare), English (African)
Either a transferred use of the surname Kingdom or else directly from the English word, perhaps taken from the biblical phrase kingdom of God... [more]
Knowledge f & m English (Puritan), Literature, English (African)
From Middle English (originally as a verb in the sense ‘acknowledge, recognize’, later as a noun) from an Old English compound based on cnāwan meaning "know."... [more]
Laquia f English (African)
Comes from the prefixes “la” and “queta”.
Lendl m English (African, Rare), Caribbean
Transferred use of the surname Lendl.
Liano m English (African)
Masculine Form Of Liana
Lilani m & f English (African, Hellenized, Rare)
Lilani as créate by an african and then it was popular by the united staste
Living m English (African)
Either from the English word living or a short form of Livingstone.
Livingstone m English (African)
Transferred use of the surname Livingstone.
Loveness f English (African)
From the word loveness meaning "(very rare, nonstandard) Love".
Macmillan m English (African)
Transferred use of the surname Macmillan.
Marygold f English (African, Rare), Filipino (Rare)
Variant of Marigold, or perhaps a transferred use of the surname Marygold.
Mathews m English (African)
Transferred use of the surname Mathews.
Mediatrix f English (African), Filipino
From the title of the Virgin Mary, referring to her intercessory role as a mediator in the salvific redemption by her son Jesus Christ (compare Spanish/Portuguese and French equivalents Mediatriz and Médiatrice, Portuguese Medianeira and Spanish/Portuguese Mediadora).
Medius f & m English (African), Eastern African
Borrowed from Latin medius meaning "middle; half; moderate; indifferent." It is mostly used in Uganda where, compared to other surrounding countries, it is usually feminine in usage.
Morrison m English (African, Rare)
Transferred use of the surname Morrison. A famous bearer of the surname was Jim Morrison (1943-1971), lead singer of American rock band The Doors.
Mudene f South African, English (African, Rare, ?), Afrikaans (Rare)
Of unknown meaning. Famous bearer is Mudene "Dene" Smuts: a South African politician.
Mynie f English (African, Americanized, Rare)
A form of the name Minnie
Never m English (African), English
Old English nǣfre, from ne ‘not’ + ǣfre ‘ever’.
Perfection m & f English (Rare), English (African, Rare), African American (Rare), Filipino (Rare)
From the word perfection, referring to the quality or state of being perfect or complete.
Phina f English (American, Rare), English (African, Rare)
Diminutive of names ending in -phina like Josephina or Seraphina.
Phiona f English, English (African), French (African)
Variant of Fiona. It is used mainly in Uganda (regarding (African) English usage) and Burundi (regarding African French usage).... [more]
Pilate m Biblical, English (Puritan), English (African, Rare)
English form of the Roman cognomen Pilatus, which meant "armed with a javelin" from Latin pila "javelin". This was most famously borne by Pontius Pilate, the prefect of the Roman province of Judaea ca... [more]
Placidia f Late Roman, English (African, Rare), English (Puritan)
Feminine form of Placidius, which was a derivative of the Latin cognomen Placidus.
Potiphar m Biblical, English (African, Rare)
From Egyptian p-di-p-r' meaning "he whom Ra gave", composed of the definite article p- "the one" combined with di "whom he gave" and r', the name of the supreme god Ra... [more]
Priscah f English (African)
Variant spelling of Prisca.
Proscovia f English (African), Eastern African
Meaning uncertain, possibly a form of Paraskeve. It is mainly used in Uganda.
Prossy f English (African), Eastern African
Diminutive of Proscovia, mainly used in Uganda.
Rejoice f English (Puritan), English (African)
From the English word rejoice meaning "feel or show great joy or delight".
Scovia f English (African), Eastern African
Shortened form of Proscovia, mainly used in Uganda.
Solace f & m English (American, Rare), English (African, Rare)
From the English word, solace.
Sufficient f & m English (African)
Name given in reference to 2 Corinthians 12:19, “ But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.”... [more]
Wealth m & f English (Puritan), English (African, Rare)
From Middle English welth, welthe, weolthe (“happiness, prosperity”), from Old English *welþ, *weleþu, from Proto-Germanic *waliþō (“wealth”).... [more]
Wealthy m & f English (Puritan), American (Rare), English (Canadian, Rare), English (African, Rare)
Meaning, "having a great deal of money, resources, or assets; rich." In this case, spiritual blessings from God. From Middle English welthy, welþi, equivalent to wealth +‎ -y.
Witness m English (African), South African
From the English word, witness, "one who has personal knowledge of something".
Zebediah m English, English (African)
Variant of Zebadiah, most often used in Zimbabwe.