African Submitted Names

African names are used on the continent of Africa, covering a wide number of languages. See also about African names.
gender
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Lorato f & m Tswana
Means "love" in Tswana.
Lorika f Afrikaans
Variant of Laurika.
Loryn f & m Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Lorijn.
Lotambii'n m Igbo
Used by the Igbo fiction charachter Uzochi Lotambii'n Ihejirika, and has no meaning.
Lounès m Kabyle
Means "companion" or "to keep company" in Kabyle, possibly of Arabic origin.
Lounis m Kabyle
Variant transcription of Lounès.
Louw m Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch variant spelling of Lau (which is more phonetical in nature), and Afrikaans nickname for Lodewikus.
Lovenie f African
From the word "love".
Loveth f Nigerian (Modern)
Newly invented name, currently popular in Nigeria.
Loza f Amharic
The Amharic form of Luz, the name of a place in the Bible where it is believed Jacob saw his ladder.
Lubabalo m Xhosa
Means "it is grace" or "grace of God" in Xhosa.
Luchulumancolwenkosi f Xhosa
This name is a scared name. Taken from words the Ancient King of the AmaMpondomise clan King Vukuzumbethe. He used to say “ lulo uchulumanco lwenkosi” which meant “this is God’s happiness”... [more]
Luchumo m & f Xhosa
Possibly means "expanding, flourishing" or "prosperity" in Xhosa.
Luckere f Ijaw
Means "lucky woman" in Ijaw.
Lufima f Kongo (Rare)
A feminine Kongo name from Dessin Animée congolais.
Lufuno m & f Venda
Means "love" in Tshivenda.
Lugano m Kaguru
Means "much" in Chikaguru.
Lukhona m & f Zulu (Modern)
Means "it's available" in Zulu.
Luladay f Ge'ez
Etymology uncertain.
Lulia f Tigrinya, Various
Said to mean "Diamond" in Tigrinya. Of Eritrean origin, this name gained some popularity around the world.
Lull f Tigrinya
Used in Eritrea and Tigray, meaning Pearl
Lumingu m Kongo
Means "Sunday" in Kikongo.
Lungelo m & f Zulu
Means "right" in Zulu.
Lunia f Kongo
Delicacy of taste
Lunja f Berber (Rare)
Lunja stands for a fairytale princess.
Luol m & f Dinka
Luphelo m Xhosa
Means "the end, the last" in Xhosa, often given to the last child to be born in a family.
Luphumlo m Xhosa
Means "to rest" or "our relief" in Xhosa.
Lusajo m Nyakyusa
Means "blessings" in Nyakyusa.
Luscious f & m African American (Rare), South African
Variant of Lucius (phonetically identical).
Lusekelo m Nyakyusa
Means "happiness" in Nyakyusa.
Lushomo f & m Southern African
"Grace or mercy" (chisomo)
Lutalo m Ganda
Famous bearer is Lutalo Muhammad (born 1991) a British taekwondo athlete.
Lutendo f & m African
Means: Faith... [more]
Luthando m & f Southern African, Xhosa
Means "it's love" in Xhosa.
Luti f Nyakyusa
Nyakyusa form of Ruth 1.
Lu'u-lu'u f Hausa
Means "pearl" or "diamond" in Hausa.
Luwi m & f Lunda
Means "mercy, kindness" in Lunda.
Luxon m South African
Transferred use of the surname Luxon.
Luya f Xhosa
Diminutive form of Luyanda.
Luyanda m & f South African, Zulu, Xhosa
Means "it is growing, increasing" in Zulu and Xhosa, referring to love or the child’s family.
Luyando m & f Tonga
Means “To Love” in Tonga. Related to the Tongan name Yandwa.
Luyindama m Kongo
Also congolese footballer Christian Luyindama.
Lwando m Southern African
Transferred use of the surname Lwando.
Lwazi m South African, Zulu
Means "knowledge" in Zulu.
Lyndall f & m English, South African
Transferred use of the surname Lyndall. This was (first?) used as a given name by the South African author, political activist and feminist Olive Schreiner (1855-1920) for the heroine in her most famous novel, The Story of an African Farm (1883)... [more]
Maame f Central African (Latinized, Rare)
Maame comes from Africa, and is said to mean 'pearl', or 'mother', depending on the variation.
Maana f Somali
Possibly a variant of Maanah.... [more]
Maanda m & f Venda
Means "power, stength" in Tshivenda.
Maaouya m Western African
A known bearer is Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya (1941-), a Mauritanian military officer who served as the president of Mauritania from 1984-2005.
Maatla f Tswana
Means "strength, power" in Setswana.
Mabasen m & f Khoekhoe
Name mainly used by damara speaking people in Namibia.The name means "stand for yourself" used to encourage and teach an individual independance.
Mabasi f Tswana
Mabasi is an African Tswana Name... [more]
Mabayoje m & f Yoruba
Means "do not destroy joy" in Yoruba.
Mabior m Dinka, African Mythology
Means "white bull" in Dinka. The white bull is the most prized and is sought after for sacrifices in celebration.
Mabok m Dinka
Means "grey bull" in Dinka.
Mabratu m Amharic
Means "his lamp" in Amharic.
Mabvuto m & f Nsenga
Name given to a child born when there was trouble/problem in the family or community. For instance war, drought, pestilence
Macammád m Afar
Afar form of Muhammed.
Machanda m & f Nyoro
Machanda is the Bunyoro month where sesame seeds are planted and sown.
Machar m Dinka
Means "black bull" in Dinka. Black bulls are the second most important for sacrifices.
Machie m & f Nigerian
Meaning the "replacement of a lost gem"
Machiveyi f Shona
"What do you seek or covert?" Situational name given in circumstance where family has covetous neighbours or kin.
Madaha f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "grace".
Madaya f Guanche, Berber (Archaic)
From Guanche *madăyya, meaning "beautiful thing to see". Besides the Canary Islands, this name was also used in Northern Africa.
Madhil m Dinka
Means "born on the way" in Dinka. This name is given to a male that’s born on the way, for example while the mother is traveling and gives birth on the way to her destination.
Madin m Dinka
Means "speckled bull" in Dinka.
Madini f Swahili
Means "gem" in Swahili.
Madit m Dinka
Means "masculine twin" in Dinka.
Madoa f Swahili
This name means ''freckle''.
Madzivandlela f Tsonga
Means "know" in Xitsonga.
Maenza m & f Shona
Meaning “rainy season”, it is synonymous with the name Zienza.
Mafamadi m & f Akan
Means "I have taken it for free" in Akan.
Mafezi m Southern African
Masculine name in the Chichewa language, country Malawi in southeastern Africa.
Mafuta m & f Lingala
Means "oil" in Lingala.
Magaajyia f Songhai, Western African
Meaning unknown.
Magaji m Hausa
Means "heir" in Hausa.
Magajiya f Hausa
Means "heiress" in Hausa. In some dialects this means "madam" and is avoided.
Magan m Somali
Means "protection" or "refuge" in Somali.
Magaya f Kaguru
Means "endurances" in Chikaguru.
Magdaleen f Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Dutch and Afrikaans variant of Magdalene. This name is borne by South African author Magdaleen Van Wyk.
Magetalene f Tswana
Setswana form of Magdalene.
Magool f Somali
Possibly from the Somali magooli meaning "blossom".
Magot m Dinka
Means "a very long-horned bull" in Dinka.
Magwala m Pare
Means "money" in the Athu language of the Pare people.
Mahad m Somali
Means "thanks" in Somali.
Mahado f Somali
Possibly from the Somali mahad meaning "thanks".
Mahali f Swahili
Means "place" in Swahili.
Mahama m Western African, Thai (Muslim)
Form of Muhammad used in western Africa and Thailand.
Mahamat m Central African, Thai (Muslim)
Form of Muhammad used in central Africa and Thailand.
Mahammoud m Western African (Rare)
A conflation of Muhammad with Mahmud, in this form extremely rare.
Mahamoudou m Eastern African
Mahoran musulman name
Mahari m & f Yoruba
Means "one who forgives" or "forgiver" in Yoruba.
Mahlatse m & f Sotho
Means "lucky" in Sotho.
Mahomed m South African
Form of Muhammad used by South African Muslims.
Maidei f Shona
Means "what you want" in Shona.
Maigado m Hausa
Means "possessing the throne" in Hausa.
Maikaelelo f Tswana
Means "intention" in Setswana.
Maikano f Sotho
Means "vows" in Sotho.
Maikarifi m Hausa
Means "the strong one" in Hausa.
Maikudi m Hausa
Means "possessing money" in Hausa.
Mailafia m Hausa
Means "easygoing" in Hausa.
Maïmouna f Western African
Form of Maimuna used in French-influenced western Africa.
Maimouna f Western African
Western African form of Mahmuna (see Maymunah).
Maina m Hausa
Means "prince" in Hausa.
Maipelo f Tswana
Means "gratitude" in Setswana.
Mairak f Hausa
Means "daughter of a chief" in East Hausa.
Mairama f Hausa
Variant form of Maryama.
Mairiga m Hausa
From the Hausa mài meaning "possessing" and rī̀gā meaning "gown".
Mairo f Hausa
Diminutive form of Maryama.
Maisha f Swahili (Modern)
Means "life" in Swahili.
Maita f Shona
A Shona (Zimbabwean) name that implies gratitude for something that has been done well. It may be spelt as Mayita or Mazvita depending on the area of origin of the speaker.... [more]
Maitaishe m & f Shona
It means "You have done it Lord" or simply, "Thank you Lord."
Maiwada m Hausa
Means "possessing wealth" in Hausa.
Majani f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "leaves (of a plant)".
Majaya m Shona
Given to the last male born of the the family born in the same year. If families have male children in a given year the last to be born normally carries the name. The year of boys.
Majekodunmi m & f Yoruba
Means "do not let it be a thing of pain" in Yoruba.
Majok m Dinka
Means "black-and-white bull" in Dinka.
Makambo m Lingala
Means "things" in Lingala.
Makana m Kongo
The first given name of the German football player Makana Baku.
Makanaka f Shona
Makanaka means "You are good". #This name is usually given in praise of God".
Makanga m & f Kongo, African Mythology
Means “Wise Person” in Kongo.
Makari m Amharic
Means "wise man" in Amharic.
Makasela m Tsonga
Means "go, crawl to towards one's goal" in Xitsonga.
Makatendeka m & f Shona
Means "you are faithful (to God)" in Shona.
Makaziwe f & m Xhosa
Means "let him/her be known" in Xhosa.... [more]
Makemen f & m Western African (Rare)
Liberia and Guinean
Maker m Dinka
Means "white-and-black bull" in Dinka.
Makhahlela m Tsonga
Means "beater" in Xitsonga.
Makhanani f Tsonga
Means "joy" in Xitsonga.
Makhokolotso f Sotho
Means "refuse" in Sesotho.
Makhtar m Western African, Wolof
Senegalese form of Mukhtar.
Makiadi m & f Kongo
Means "misfortune" in Kikongo.
Makida f African
In Ethiopia, Makida was another name for the Queen of Sheba.
Makiese m & f African, Kongo
Means "happiness" in Kikongo.
Makini m & f Swahili
Means "of good character" or "strength of character" in Swahili.
Makoi m Dinka
Means "red bull" in Dinka.
Makomborero f Shona
Means "blessings" in Shona.
Makonnen m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "nobleman, official, leader" in Amharic.
Makonnen m Ethiopian
Meaning "king, aristocrat".
Makoud m Berber
Meaning unknown.
Makunga m Swahili
Means "crazy" in Swahili.
Makungu m & f Tsonga
Means "plan" in Xitsonga.
Makuu m Swahili
This name means Great in Swahili. Known for the crocodile leader in The Lion Guard, also a name for the Swahili people. It is a male name.
Malabo f Somali
From the Somali malab meaning "honey".
Malami m Hausa
Means "scholar" in Hausa.
Maleagi m Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Malachias.
Maleba m African
African name, originally from Angola
Malebogo m & f Tswana
Means "thanks" in Tswana.
Malek m Dinka
Means "brown bull" in Dinka.
Maleka f South African, African American
Possibly a variant of Malika.
Maleshoane f Sotho
Means "ladybird" in Lesotho.
Maletsatsi f Sotho
Means "sun" or "day" in Sotho.
Malick m Western African
Form of Malik 1 used in parts of western Africa.
Malidoma m Western African
According to the Burkinabé writer Malidoma Patrice Somé (1956-2021), his name means "he who befriends the enemy" or "friend of the stranger" in the Dagaare language.
Malija f Nyakyusa
Nyakyusa form of Maria.
Malith m Dinka
Refers to a specific kind of ox in Dinka.
Maliza f Swahili
Accomplished woman
Malkat f Northern African, Muslim
Possibly means "queen of the house", deriving from the Arabic element malaka ("queen"). Name borne by a prominent Sudanese author known for her realist novel The Wide Void.
Maltiti f & m Dagbani
Means "resolve for us" in Dagbani.
Malundama f Kongo
Means "hidden things" in Kikongo.
Malusi m Zulu
Means "shepherd" in Zulu.
Malwandla m & f Tsonga
Means "hospitality" in Xitsonga.
Mama f Western African, Akan
Means "born on Saturday" in Fante, a dialect of Akan.
Mamadi m Western African, Manding
Possibly a variant form of Mamadu.
Mamo m Ethiopian
This name is often used when the name of the person is unknown. (Compared Buddy).
Mamphaki f Sotho
The name Mamphaki originates from the Northern Region of South Africa within the Bapedi people. The name was originally given to the first wife of Ntsetse Mailula - Mamphaki 'aMasekela. It was passed down within the Mailula family down to this day.
Mamuda m Hausa
Variant form of Muhammadu.
Manatsa m Shona
Means "you have made perfect" in Shona.
Mandeiya m & f Dagbani
"I have accepted", "I have collected"
Mandela m & f African American, Xhosa
Transferred use of the surname Mandela given in honour of Nelson Mandela, South African revolutionary hero and statesman... [more]
Mandisa f Southern African, Xhosa, Zulu
Derived from Xhosa and Zulu mnandi meaning "sweet" or "nice, pleasant".
Maneta m & f Shona
It means "You are tired or weary."
Mangeni f & m African
means "baby who was born when there is plenty of fish" and is of Bantu origin
Mangwanani f Shona
Means "morning" in Shona.
Manie m Afrikaans
Diminutive of Hermanus.
Manirambona m Rundi
Means "God watches over me" in Kirundi.
Manoka m & f Kongo
Means "rain" in Kikongo.
Mansa m & f Manding, Akan
Title for "king" or "ruler", now also used as a name. Can also mean "third daughter" in Twi, which is in the Akan language family.
Mansurah f Hausa
Means "supporter, victorious" in Hausa.
Mantau m Hausa
From the Hausa mântā meaning "forget".
Manthia m Western African
Manthia Diawara (born December 19, 1953) is a Malian writer, filmmaker, scholar, cultural theorist, and art historian. Meaning unknown.
Mantso f Sotho
Means "the dark one" in Sotho.
Manute m Dinka
Means "special blessing" in Dinka.... [more]
Maouloud m Western African
Western African variant of Mouloud (chiefly Mauritanian).
Maṱoḓzi m & f Venda
Means "tears" in Tshivenda.
Mapalo m & f Bemba
Means "God's blessings" in Bemba.
Maphoi f Tswana
Means "doves" in Setswana.
Maqrin m Berber
Means "always in a good mood" in Kabyle.
Maraai f Afrikaans
Variant of Marai.
Maragarita f Haya
Ruhaya form of Margaret.
Marai f Upper German, German (Austrian), German (Swiss), Afrikaans
German variant of Marei and Afrikaans variant of Maria.
Maraliese f Afrikaans (Rare)
Combination of Mara 1 and Liese.
Mardene f English (American, Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Possibly a corruption of Martine influenced by Mardi, or a variant of Mardena.
Mareg f Northern African
Mareg is of Sudanese Arabic origin meaning, 'comfort, comfortable'.
Mareli f Afrikaans
Short form of Marelise.
Marelie f Afrikaans
Variant of Mareli.
Mareza f Afrikaans
Variant of Maresa.
Marial m Dinka
This is a historical name of "Dinka" people in South Sudan in Africa. The meaning refers to a mixture of beautiful colors of black and white type of a bull. Is a name given to a male child after his mother's bride price was inform of such colored bull... [more]
Mariame f Western African
Form of Maryam used in parts of western Africa.
Mariatu f Western African
Western African form of Maria.
Marinda f Afrikaans
Feminine form of Marinus.
Marini f Swahili
Means "pretty" in Swahili.
Marita f Shona
Shona form of Martha.
Mariyamu f Haya
Ruhaya form of Mariam.
Marjani f Swahili, Eastern African
Means ‘Coral’.
Marle f & m Portuguese (Brazilian), Filipino (Rare), Spanish (Latin American), South African (Rare)
Meaning unknown. This name is considered feminine, particularly in the United States, though some masculine usage is present in other communities.
Marlie f Dutch, Flemish (Rare), French (Belgian, Rare), French (Modern, Rare), Haitian Creole, Afrikaans
Dutch diminutive of Marleen as well as a combination of Maria and names that end in lie.
Marlize f Afrikaans
Contraction of Maria and Elize (compare Marlies).
Marno m Dutch, South African, Indonesian
Masculine form of Marna or Marni or a variant of Marnix.
Marthelle f Afrikaans
Combination of Martha and Elle
Marthina f Afrikaans
Feminine form of Marthinus.
Marthinus m Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Martinus.
Maru m & f Amharic
Means "the honey" in Amharic.
Maru m & f Tswana
Means cloud. In setswana culture anything which has to do with water, which is a precious commodity is loved. Clouds bring rain and so are welcomed wherever they appear.
Maruapula m Tswana
Means "rain clouds" in Setswana.
Maryama f Arabic (Maghrebi), Somali
Maghrebi and Somali variant of Maryam.
Marye f Amharic
Means "my honey" in Amharic.
Maryke f Afrikaans, Dutch (Archaic)
Afrikaans and archaic Dutch form of Marijke.
Marzanne f Afrikaans
Contraction of Maria and Zanne.
Masaawe m Chaga
Means "hailstorm" in Chagga.
Masamanisi f & m Southern African, Shona
Means "summons (to court)", ultimately from the English word summons.
Masana m & f Chewa
Means "daylight" in Chewa.
Masana f Tsonga
Means "sunrays" in Xitsonga.
Masegonyana m & f Tswana
Means "small blessings" in Setswana.