African Submitted Names

African names are used on the continent of Africa, covering a wide number of languages. See also about African names.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
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.
Mashaija m Kiga
Means "man" in Rukiga.
Mashawila m Nsenga
Meaning manzi yabila "boiling water", Derived from Mosi-oa-Tunya (Victoria Fall) "the smoke that thunders".
Mashgash m & f Igbo
Posh name. Meaning: Intelligence and beauty
Mashudu m & f African
Mashudu is a name used the Vha-Venda tribe in the far north of South Africa (Limpopo Province). The name means Luck
Masiba f Sotho
Means "Feather" in Sotho
Masika f Western African
Means "(born during) the rainy season" in Swahili.
Masiko f African
'culture'
Masimba m Shona
Means "powers, energy" in Shona. Other meanings are possible.
Masingisa m Kaguru
Means "he who shakes things" in Chikaguru.
Masingita f Tsonga
Means "miracles" in Xitsonga.
Masinissa m Berber, Northern African, History
Variant transcription of Massinissa.
Masiye m & f Chewa
Means "orphan" in Chichewa, literally translating as "leavings", as in something left behind by a dead person.
Masiza m Tsonga
Means "the one who helps" in Xitsonga.
Masnsen m Berber
From the Amazigh mas meaning "master" and nsen meaning "of them".
Masoro f Hausa
Means "small peppercorn" in Hausa.
Massa f Berber
A term of respect meaning "Mistress" and a name usually given to high born.
Massen m Berber
A Term of respect meaning "Master" and a name given to high born.
Masvita f Shona
Means "thank you" in Shona.
Mataan m Somali
A name from the Somali word for "twin."
Matadi m & f Kongo
Means "stone" in Kikongo.
Matemasie m & f Akan
Means "I have heard and concealed the fact" in Akan.
Mateo m Shona
It is the Shona version of the name Matthew.
Matete m Kaguru
Means "finished, completed" in Chikaguru.
Matewos m Amharic
Amharic form of Matthew.
Mateyas m Amharic
Amharic form of Matthias.
‘Mathapelo f Sotho
Means "mother of prayer" in Sotho.
Mathe f Sotho
Means "saliva" in Sotho.
Matheeletša m Sotho
Means "listener" in Sotho.
Mathuselam m South African
South African form of Methuselah via its latinized form Mathusalem.
Mathys m Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Mathijs.
Matidadisa m & f Shona
Means "you have done us proud" in Shona.
Matigonera m & f Shona
Means "you have done us good" in Shona.
Matimba m & f Tsonga
Means "strength" in Xitsonga.
Mat'ine f Sidamo
Means "salt" in Sidama.
Matinunura m & f Shona
Means "you have rescued us" in Shona.
Matinyaradza m & f Shona
Means "you have comforted us" in Shona.
Matipa m & f Shona
Means "you have given us" in Shona.
Matirangarira m & f Shona
Means "you have remembered us" in Shona.
Matiropafadza m & f Shona
Means "you have blessed us" in Shona.
Matiwos m Ethiopian, Amharic
Ethiopian, possibly Amharic verison of Matthew
Matizorodza m & f Shona
Means "you have given us rest/peace" in Shona.
Matome m Sotho (?)
A Northern Sotho translation of "Duke".
Matondo m Kongo
Means "thanksgiving" in Kikongo.
Matšeliso f Sotho
Means "consolation" in Sotho.
Matshadi f African
Setswana
Matshediso f Sotho
Means "consolation" in Sesotho.
Matshepo f Southern African
Feminine form of Tshepo.
Matsimela m Sotho
Means "roots" in Sotho.
Matthys m Medieval Dutch, Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans, West Frisian
Medieval Dutch form of Matthijs as well as the modern Afrikaans and West Frisian form of Matthijs. In the Netherlands, the name has survived to modern times, but it is highly rare there currently, especially when compared to its modern counterpart.... [more]
Matulumi m & f Kaguru
Means "decorations" in Chikaguru.
Matunda f & m Swahili
Means "fruit" in Swahili.
Maua f Swahili
Means "flower" in Swahili.
Maurisha f African
It's a female version of Maurice, which means "from Mauritania", current Morocco.
Mauritz m Afrikaans, Swedish, Finnish
Variant of Maurits. The "M" in the clothing company H&M's name stands for Mauritz (the original name is Hennes & Mauritz, H&M is an abbreviation).
Maveletiveni m Swazi
A famous bearer is Maveletiveni Dlamini, son of Mswati III, King of Eswatini and his first wife Queen laMatsebula.
Mavhu f Shona
Means "sand" in Shona.
Mavika f Kongo
A Bisingombe and Mboma feminine name.
Mavuno m Swahili
Swahili masculine name meaning "harvest time".
Mawanikwa f Southern African, Shona
Means "you have been found" and "married" in Shona.
Mawuena f African
god is the giver... [more]
Maxahmed m Somali
Variant of Maxamed.
Maxamad m Somali
Variant of Maxamed.
Maxamud m Somali
Somali variant of Muhammad.
Maxamuud m Somali
Somali form of Mohammad.
Maxbuub m Somali
Somali form of Mahbub.
Mayangi m & f Kongo (Modern)
Means "joy; happiness" in Kongo.
Mayela f Kongo
Intelligent
Mayen m Dinka
Means a specific kind of ox in Dinka language.
Maygaag m Somali
Means "bath" in Somali.
Mayibongwe f Ndebele
Means "give thanks" in Ndebele.
Mayibongwinkosi m Ndebele
Means "give thanks to the Lord" in Ndebele.
Mayibuye m & f Ndebele
Means "let it come" in Ndebele.
Mayihlome m & f Ndebele
Means "let's take up arms" in Ndebele.
Mayingi f & m Kongo
Nicknamed: Yingi
Mayom m Dinka
A specific kind of ox in Dinka language.
Mayowa m & f African
Some sources say this name means "one who brings joy".... [more]
Maÿroumfa m Songhai, Western African
Meaning unknown. It was the name of an Askia dynasty member of the Dendi Kingdom straddling what are now Benin and Niger.
Mazaline f Nigerian
Of African origin meaning "the luxurious.”
Mazvita f Shona
Means "we are grateful" or "many thanks" in Shona.
Mbada f Shona
Means "leopard" in Shona.
Mbala m Central African
From Mbala Mbuta Biscotte, a Congolese soccer player
Mbalienhle f Ndebele, Zulu
Means "beautiful flower" in Zulu and Ndebele, from mbali "flower, flowers" and enhle "something that is beautiful of nice".
M'baŋba m & f Dagbani
"I have known them"
Mbarka f Arabic (Maghrebi), Berber
Feminine form of Mubarak used in Northern Africa. This was the name of a possibly legendary Berber princess who ruled the ksar or oasis town of El Menia in Algeria.
Mbazima f Tsonga
Means "they are tough" in Xitsonga.
Mbhoni f Tsonga
Means "witness" in Xitsonga.
Mbhurhi f Tsonga
Means "beautiful girl" in Xitsonga.
Mbi m & f Kenyang
Means "road" in Kenyang.
Mbia m & f Kenyang, Jagham
From Kenyang ḿbyáy meaning "pumpkin leaves", a plant species indigenous to Southern Nigeria.
Mbilime f Kaguru
Means "runner" in Chikaguru.
Mbiya f Chewa
Means “bowl” in Chichewa.
Mbo m & f Dagbani
Means "good" in Dagbani.
Mbogo m Haya
Means "buffalo" in Haya.
Mbomela m & f Lingala, Luba
Means "sixth born child" in Lingala and Luba.
Mboso m Ibibio, Nigerian
From the ibibio speaking tribe of Nigeria in West Africa.
Mboutidem m & f Ibibio
Means "faith" in Ibibio.
Mbù f Central African
A Kom name.
Mbuso m Ndebele
Means "kingdom" in Ndebele.
Mbuyi m Luba
Derived from the Luba word mbùùyì meaning "the firstborn of twins".
Mbuyiseli m Xhosa
Means "one who returns or restores" in Xhosa.
Mbwui m & f Jagham, Kenyang
Corruption of m̀-búi meaning "goat."
Meafnya f Datooga
Means "one who cannot be hidden" in Datooga.
Mearjeang’da m Datooga
Means "not at rest, restless" in Datooga.
Meaza m & f Ge'ez
Means "perfume" in Ge'ez.
Mebrahtu m Tigrinya
Means "His light" in Tigrinya.
Mebrate m Amharic
Means "my lamp" in Amharic.
Mechine f African (Modern, Rare)
African name meaning "Tears/Sadness." From common dialect of Bassa. Appearance in Liberia and Ghana.... [more]
Medene m Amharic
Means "my redeemer" in Amharic.
Mediferiash-work f Amharic
Means "your means of being bold is gold" in Amharic.
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.
Medupe m Tswana
Means "continuous rain" in Setswana.
Meenuba m Igbo
Means "make/cause wealth" in Igbo.
Megafu m & f Igbo
Means "do for all to see" in Igbo.
Megag m Eastern African, Somali
Variant of Maygaag, used outside of Somalia.
Meghighda f Berber
Etymology unknown. This was the name of a famous poetess.
Mehari m Ge'ez
Means "merciful" in Ge'ez.
Mehluli m Ndebele
Means "conquerer" in Ndebele.
Mehretab m Tigrinya, Amharic
From Tigrinya መሓሪ (mehari) meaning “mercy, compassion”, combined with ጣብ (ṭab) meaning “good, pleasant”.
Meissa f Western African, Astronomy
Variant of Maïssa; from Arabic maḥīṣ meaning "shining, glittering". This is also the traditional name of Lambda Orionis, a star in the Orion constellation.
Mej m Gusii, Ibibio (Latinized, Archaic)
Ibibio form of Mike and Gusii form of Matt.
Mejereksa f Datooga
Means "one who cannot be controlled" in Datooga.
Mekdes f African
African, Ethiopia
Mekioussa f Berber (Rare)
Of Kabyle Berber origin with an unknown meaning.
Mekre m Amharic
Means "my advice" in Amharic.
Melaher f Ethiopian
Means “wisdom of god”.
Melake-berhan m Ge'ez
Means "angel of light" in Ge'ez.
Melaku m Ethiopian
Means "the angel" in Amharic.
Meleke f Manding
Meleke is Bambara for the following word. "Angel"
Melubari m Ogoni
It is known among the Ogoni people of Southern Nigeria and it means "who is God?"
Membolu m Igbo
Means "do something to me and I retaliate" in Igbo.
Memory f English (American, Rare), English (African), Southern African
From the English word memory, ultimately from the Latin memor "mindful, remembering".
Menari m & f Igbo
Means "do more than is expected" in Igbo.
Mene f & m Ogoni
Means "rich/ wealthy" in Khana,... [more]
Menebue m Ogoni
Means "Paramount Ruler", "Chief of a Community" or simply "A King"
Menegbo f & m Ogoni
Means "wealthy/ rich friend" in Khana,... [more]
Menelik m Ge'ez, Amharic
Means "son of the wise man" in Ge'ez and Amharic. According to the legend Menelik was the first emperor of Ethiopia. In the 10th century BC, he is said to have inaugurated the Solomonic dynasty of Ethiopia, so named because Menelik I is supposed to be the son of the biblical King Solomon of ancient Israel and Makeda, the Ethiopian Queen of Sheba.
Mengesha m African
A name once found mainly amongst the higher-up figures of Imperial Ethiopia, often superseding important titles of royal hierarchy. Now a much rarer name in modern Ethiopia.
Mengistu m Eastern African, Amharic
Derived from Amharic መንግሥት (mängśtə) or መንግስት (mängstə) meaning "government".
Menji m Kongo
"Wisdom"
Menkam m Bamileke, African
noble child, ... [more]
Menza f Berber
Meaning unknown.
Menzi m Southern African, Zulu
Means "creator" in Zulu.... [more]
Mepoho f Eastern African
A famous bearer of the name was the Mijikenda diviner Mepoho.
Meraai f Afrikaans
Variant of Maraai.
Merapelo f Tswana
Means "prayers" in Setswana.
Merhawi m Tigrinya
Means "here value; here glory" in Tigrinya.
Merinda f English (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
English variant of Marinda and Afrikaans variant of Marinda.
Meseret f & m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "foundation" in Amharic.
Mesfin m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "monarch, noble, prince" in Amharic.
Meshesha m Amharic
Means "refuge" in Amharic.
Meshindi m Zulu
Means "victor" in Zulu.
Mesi f Yao (Modern)
Modern variant of Miesi.
Meskerem f Ethiopian
Means "September" in Ethiopian.
Mesuli m & f Xhosa, Zulu
Means "wiper (of tears)" in Xhosa, suggesting someone who brings an end to sorrow.
Mezian m Berber (Rare), Northern African (Rare)
Variant of Meziane (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
Meziane m Berber, Northern African
Derived from Tamazight meẓyan meaning "young, little".
Mfaanga m Dagbani
Means "bravo, well done" in Dagbani.
Mfan'bomvu m Zulu
Means "red boy" in Zulu.
Mfọn m & f Ibibio
Means "grace" in Ibibio.
Mgbemena m & f Igbo
Means "whenever it's done" in Igbo.
Mhambi f Zulu
Means "traveler" in Zulu.
Mhara f Shona
Means "impala" in Shona.
Mheho m & f Tsonga
Means "breeze" in Xitsonga.
Mhizha m Shona
Means "Ironsmith" in Shona.
Mhlava m Tsonga
Means "earth" in Xitsonga.
Mhoze m Shona
The Shona equivalent of the name Moses, also a nickname for Mhozisi.
Mhuru m Shona
Means "calf" in Shona.
Mich m & f Luo (Modern)
"blessings"
Miehleketo m & f Tsonga
Means "thoughts" in Xitsonga.
Miempie f Afrikaans
Possibly related to Miem, Miems or Miep.
Miems f Afrikaans
Diminutive of Willemina.
Miesi f Yao
Means "water" in Yao.
Miga m Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Micha 1.
Migael m Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Michael.
Migiyo f Tsonga
Means "the dancer" in Xitsonga.
Mihret m & f Ge'ez, Amharic
Means "mercy", ultimately from Ge'ez ምህረት
Mijaji f Tsonga
Means "the judge" in Xitsonga.
Mika'ila m Hausa
Hausa form of Michael.
Mikal f Ethiopian (?)
This name means who's like god.
Mikateko f Tsonga
Means "blessings" in Xitsonga.
Mikhenso m & f Tsonga
Means "thanksgiving" in Xitsonga.
Milkias m Eastern African
Eritrea variant of Malachi.
Minata f African
'mother of joy'
Minette f English (Rare), French (Rare, Archaic), Danish (Rare), Swedish (Rare), Afrikaans, Filipino
Diminutive of Mina 1. This was also a nickname of Henriette, Duchess of Orléans (daughter of the 17th-century English king Charles I)... [more]
Minkah m African
Possibly means "Justice". This is the given name of an NFL player, Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Minki f Afrikaans
Short form of Willemien.
Mirach m Amharic
Means "choice" in Amharic.
Mirai f Shona
Means "wait" in Shona.
Miriraishe f Shona
What upon the Lord
Miriro f & m African, Shona
Started in the early 1900's. Name was given to the second born daughter of the family. Name means "to be expected." Basically the one who was waited for.
Miru f African
Swahili
Misgana f Ethiopian, English (American, Modern, Rare)
From Amharic ምስጋና (məsgana) "glory, praise, honour; thanks, gratitude".
Misuli f Swahili
Means "muscle" in Swahili.
Mita f Bamileke
Bagangte, Cameroon
Mitiku m Amharic, Ethiopian
Means "replacement" in Amharic.
Mixo m & f Tsonga
Means "dawn, morning" in Xitsonga.
Miyelani m & f Tsonga
Means "keep quiet" in Xitsonga.
Mizani f African
African,Ghana."Chemistry, Beauty, and Balance"
Mkarkara f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "passion flower".
Mkhuleko m Ndebele
Means "prayer" in Ndebele.
Mkhumbuleni m Zulu
Means "let's remember him" in Zulu.
Mlamuleli m Ndebele
Means "one who intervenes" in Ndebele.
Mlilo f Zulu
Means "fire" in Zulu.
Mlindeli m Ndebele
Means "guardian" in Ndebele.
Mlungisi m Ndebele
Means "the one who brings order".
Mmaabo f Tswana
Means "their mother" in Tswana.
Mmagwulaku f Igbo
Means "beauty that exhausted wealth" in Igbo.
Mmaphefo f Sotho
Means "mother of cold" in Sotho.
Mmathapelo f Sotho
Means "mother of prayer" in Sotho.
Mmayen f Efik
Efik origin, Child's mother, alias for grandmother,
Mmemabasi m & f Ibibio
Means "I do love god" in Ibibio.
Mmenimabasi m & f Ibibio
Means "I do believe god" in Ibibio.
Mmenyenemem m & f Ibibio
Means "I now have peace" in Ibibio.
Mmesomachukwu m & f Igbo
Means "the kindness of God" in Igbo.
Mmini f Sotho
Means "dancer" in Sotho.
Mmoatia f Akan
This is a FAIRY from the stories about Ananse (from Ghana). She was the fairy that "no man sees". This explains why Ananse had to perform a complex trick to lure her to him.
Mmoloki m Tswana
Means "saviour" in Setswana.
Mmusi m Tswana, South African
Means "the ruler" in Tswana.... [more]
Mnotho m & f Zulu
Means "economy" or "rich, wealthy" in Zulu.
Moagi m Tswana
Means "builder" in Tswana.
Mobe m & f African
Meaning uncertain.
Mobiisola f Yoruba
meaning- literal translation "i gave birth to her in wealth" basically this child was born into a wealthy family,one highly esteemed in society. though the name is not gender selective, it is almost always used for females
Mobolaji f & m Yoruba
Means "born of wealth" in Yoruba.
Mobutu m Central African
Mobutu Sese Seko (1930-1997), born Joseph-Desiré Mobutu, was the military dictator and President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (which Mobutu renamed Zaire in 1971) from 1965 to 1997. He also served as Chairperson of the Organisation of African Unity in 1967-1968.
Moctar m Western African
Form of Mukhtar used in western Africa.
Modadeola m Yoruba
Means "man wearing a crown of wealth or affluence" in Yoruba.
Modesola f Yoruba
"I have come into wealth"
Modibo m Songhai, Western African
Meaning unavailable.
Modiri f Tswana
Means "the doer" in Setswana.
Modise m Southern African
Botswana name meaning, "shepherd."
Modupe f & m Yoruba
Means "I thank (God)"... [more]
Modupe-oluwa m & f Yoruba, African
Combination of Yoruba Modupe "I thank" or "thank you" and Oluwa meaning "God, lord".
Modurolọrilerioluwa m & f Yoruba
Means "one who stands on the promise of god" in Yoruba.