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.
Nambitha f Xhosa
Means "to savour, to enjoy" in Xhosa, encouraging the child to savour life.
Nametsegang f Tswana
Means "be of good cheer" in Setswana.
Namibia f Kongo
Shield
Namiri m Kongo
Protector of the village
Namori m Western African
Used in Ivory Coast. A famous bearer is Namori Meite (born 1988) a French-born Côte d'Ivoirean basketball player currently member of the Côte d'Ivoire national basketball team.
Namutenya f Ovambo
Feminine form of Amutenya.
Nandi f Zulu
Means "sweet" in Zulu. This was the name of the mother of Shaka, famed warrior king of the Zulus in colonial South Africa (though her grave is marked Nindi).
Nangamso f & m Xhosa
Means "future" or "even tomorrow" in Xhosa, figuratively "thank you". Often intended as being part of a phrase such as ungadinwa nangomso meaning "don’t be tired tomorrow". Meant to convey gratitude, and the hope for more of the same in the future.
Nṱanganedzeni m & f Venda
Means "accept me" in Tshivenda.
Nangula f Ovambo
Feminine form of Angula.
Nantwi m & f Akan
Means "bull" or "cow" in Akan.
Nanzota f Pare
Feminine form of Nzota.
Napaga f Dagbani
It's a name popular with royals of the Dagbani tribe of Northern Ghana. It means the queen's mother.
Napari f & m Dagbani
it means someone born after twins
Narai f Hausa
Means "born on a Wednesday" in Sokoto Hausa.
Naravas m Berber
Personal name of Naravas, a Berber Numidian king and Hannibal's brother in law.
Nardos f Ethiopian, Biblical, Spanish
"An amazing scent. Appears in the bible as a perfume used on Jesus."... [more]
Nasara f & m Dagbani
It means ''victory'' or ''success'' in Dagbani.
Naserian f Eastern African
Means “one born during peaceful times” in Maasai.
Naserian f Eastern African
Means “the lucky one" in Samburu, a variant of Maasai language.
Nashaad f Somali
Means "vibrant" in Somali.
Nashipie f Swahili
This is a Maasai name given to young girls, meaning "joy"
Nasi f & m Amharic
Means "brass" in Amharic.
Nasicha f Western African
Name given to female children during the locust season
Nasra f Arabic, Somali, Swahili
Means 'helper, support" in Arabic.
Nassool-a m Sidamo
Means "soulmate" in Sidama.
Nassoole f Sidamo
Feminine form of Nassool-a.
Nasteexo f Somali
A name from the word meaning "advice, counsel."
Nasteho f Somali
Means "advice" or "counsel" in Somali.
Natasha f Bemba
Means “I am thankful” or "thank you" in Bemba, a Zambian language.
Nathari f Swahili
Means "prose" in Swahili.
Nathinge f Ovambo
Means "summer" in Ovambo.
Nato m South African
Diminutive of Ignatius.
Natota m & f Southern African
Means "thank you" in Lamba, a Zambian language.
Natsai f Shona
Means "make good" in Shona.
Natsinet m Tigrinya, Ge'ez
From Tigrinya ናጽነት (naṣnät) "freedom".
Natukunda m & f Kiga, Tooro, Nkore
Meaning ‘He loves us’ in Nkore and Kiga.
Nauwara f Nigerian
Derived from Arabic نَيِّر (nayyir) meaning "luminous, brilliant".
Navil m Berber
Berber form of Nabil.
Navuri f Pare
Feminine form of Sevuri.
Nayfa f Swahili
Means "benefit" in Swahili.
Nbangzaa m & f Dagbani
It means "I have known them"
Ncuti m Rwandan, English (African)
From the Kinyarwanda word incuti meaning "friend".
Ndabezinhle f Zulu
Means "good news" in Zulu.
Ndabicacile m Ndebele
Means "the story's clear" in Ndebele.
Ndabiti m Nyamwezi
Nyakyusa form of David.
Ndafadzwa f Shona
Means "I am happy" in Shona.
Ndaheni f Tsonga
Means "instruct me" in Xitsonga.
Ndakaitei f Shona
Means "What did I do?" This name is an expression of regret by a parent. Usually given by a single mother whose partner does not take responsibility of the child born.
Ndakakuda m Shona
Means "I have loved you" in Shona.
Ndakasharwa f Shona
Means "I have been chosen" in Shona.
Ndale f & m African, Western African
The younger one... [more]
Ndamukong m African
Means "House of Spears" in the Ngema tribe of Cameroon. A famous bearer is Ndamukong Suh, the defensive tackle for the college football team Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Ndanatsei f Shona
Means "Am I good?" in Shona.
Ndanshau m Chaga
Means "bull" in Chagga.
Ndarama m & f Shona
It means "gold", this name serves as a given name and a surname.
Ndewangisio m Chaga
Means "get confirmation" in Chagga.
Ndhe'neza m Tsonga
Means "the thing", implying "the secret", in Xitsonga.
Ndiane m Kaguru
Means "I have eaten with them" in Chikaguru.
Ndidiamaka f Igbo
Means "patience is very good" in Igbo.
Ndigwako f Nyakyusa
Means "I am yours" in Nyakyusa.
Ndikubwayo m Rundi
Means "I am alive thanks to God" in Kirundi.
Ndimbuni f Nyakyusa
Means "I am saved" in Nyakyusa.
Ndini m & f Dagbani
”My own”
Ndiyafhi m & f Venda
Means "where do I go?" in Tshivenda.
Ndleleni m Zulu
Means "on the road" in Zulu.
Ndochii f Shona
Means "What is this?" in Shona.
Ndodana m Ndebele
Means "son" in Ndebele.
Ndomba m Luba
Means "ask me" in Luba-Kasai.
Ndombolo f Kongo
It is the name of a Congolese music genre and dance style derived from the Congolese Rumba and Kwassa Kwassa during 1990s.
Ndondoloza f Zulu
Possibly means "I will guard" in Zulu.
Ndonsa f Zulu
Means "morning star" in Zulu.
Ndosi f Punu
Means "dream" in Punu.
Ndubisi m & f African
Ndubisi is an Igbo name derived from Ndu(Life) Bu isi(The first or of priority).This then means "Life is first or of Priority.
Ndudi f Igbo
Means "there is life" in Igbo.
Nduefuna m & f Igbo
Means "let life not be lost" in Igbo.
Ndukari m Ijaw
Means "pray for long life" in Ijaw.
Ndulu m Igbo
Means “life is precious, life is valuable” in Igbo.
Nduma f Shona
Means "token of love" in Shona.
Ndumiso f Zulu
Means "praise" in Zulu.
Nduna m & f Southern African, Central African
Means "head (wo)man" in Luvale, languege spoken in Zambia and Angola.
Nduvho m & f Venda
Means "praise" in Venda.
Ndzalama f Tsonga
Means "emerald" in Xitsonga.
Nebiri f Amharic
Means "leopard" in Amharic.
Nedochi f Nigerian
It means child of God in Igbo.
Neerá f Kongo
Eternal Soul
Nega m African
Dawn - One of Ethiopian General who fought and defeated Italian army in the 19th Century in in a place called Dogali, Ethiopia.
Negash m Amharic
Means "one who rules" in Amharic.
Negasi m Ethiopian
The meaning of Negasi is ‘he will wear a crown’.
Negatu m Amharic
Means "the dawn" in Amharic.
Negese m Amharic
Means "he ruled" in Amharic.
Negewo m Amharic
Means "your dawn" in Amharic.
Negus m African American, Tigrinya
Means "king" in Tigrinya.
Neguse m Amharic
Means "my king" in Amharic.
Nehemia m Hawaiian, Biblical Hawaiian, Afrikaans, Biblical Finnish
Hawaiian, Finnish and Afrikaans form of Nehemiah.
Neira f & m Dagbani
It means Bright one
Neisim f & m Dagbani
Means "brightness" in Dagbani.
Nekemiyah f Kongo
Comforted by God
Nelah f Swahili (Rare)
Gift with purpose. Composition if Nia (meaning purpose) and Nala (meaning gift)
Nelbe f & m Sotho
Means "the net" in Sotho.
Nelisiwe f Zulu
Means "satisfied" in Zulu.
Nelius m English (American), Afrikaans, Norwegian (Rare)
Afrikaans and Norwegian short form of Cornelius.
Nelugendo f Kaguru
Means "traveller" in Chikaguru.
Neneh f Western African
Meaning unknown, possibly a variant of Nana 4 or Nnenne. It is borne by Swedish singer Neneh Cherry (1964-), who inherited the name from her Sierra Leonean paternal grandmother.
Nengimote f & m Ijaw
Ijaw name Meaning "OVERCOMER OR VICTORY" NENGI for short
Nenritdung f African, Ngas, Nigerian
A common name used among the Jos Plateau people of Nigeria. Meaning "God is good"
Nenrot f & m African, Ngas, Nigerian
A common name used among the Jos Plateau people of Nigeria. Meaning "God loves"
Neoyame m & f Tswana
Means "my gift" in Setswana.
Neoyaone f & m Tswana
Means "His (God's) gift" in Setswana.
Neqa-tibeb m Ge'ez
Means "wisdom is vigilant" in Ge'ez.
Nerutendo f Shona
Meaning "with belief" or "with thanks; with gratitude", another form of the name is Norutendo. It derives from the verb kutenda.
Neššo f Sidamo
Means "small statured" in Sidama.
Nesuha f Ethiopian
Possible from an Arabic root nasuh which means something like sincerity, often found in the religious context taubat-an-nasuha meaning sincere return or repentance.
Netsanet m Ethiopian
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Neway m Ge'ez
Means "vessel" in Ge'ez.
Nfamara m Manding, Wolof, Western African
Alternative spelling of the Manding name Famara closer to the original name of ruler Nfamara Mané.
N'famory m Western African
Possibly a variant of Nfamara. This name is primarily used in Guinea.
Ngale f Chewa
Means "jewel" in Chewa.
Ngalula m & f Luba
Variant of Tshiandanda.
Ngamia m Swahili
Means "camel" in Swahili.
Nganakani m Tsonga
From the Xitsonga nganakana meaning "prince".
Nganakati f Tsonga
Means "princess" in Xitsonga.
Ngao f Mwanga
A lioness
Ngcondebuku m & f Xhosa (Modern)
A combination of Ngconde, the name of a Xhosa clan, and Buku, a surname.
Ngeni m Swahili
Means "stranger" in Swahili.
Nghaminyigwe m Kaguru
Means "he who is unknown" in Chikaguru.
Nghenakwe m Kaguru
Means "one who sees on his own" Chikaguru.
Nghezimani m Tsonga
Means "be whiter, be clean" in Xitsonga.
Ngigi m Kikuyu
Means one born in the season of the locust or one of the locust ageset.In some communities for the last 'i' they put an 'e' but that does not change the meaning nor the pronounciation
Ngisaveni m Tsonga
"Be afraid".
Ngoebi m & f Ijaw
Means "money is good" in Ijaw.
Ngohide f Western African
my mother has returned. usually given to the first daughter born after the death of a mother
N'golo m Manding
This name means "I've largely procreated" (said by the newborn's father) in Bambara. It is traditionally given to the third-born son. ... [more]
Ngondala f Kongo
Feminine form of Ngonda.
Ngondu m & f Luba
Means "moon" in Luba-Kasai.
Ngoni m Shona
Ngoni means "Mercy or kindness".
Ngonidzashe f Shona
Means "God's mercy" in Shona.
Ngor m Dinka
Means "male child in a pair of twins" in Dinka.
Ngozichukwu f Western African, Igbo
Means "God's blessing", derived from Igbo ngozi "blessing" and Chukwu "God".
Nguluwe m Nsenga
Meaning warthog. This is the clan name. Daughters of Nguluwe are called Daka or Mbewe
Nguvayake f Shona
Means "in God's time" in Shona.
Ngwarai m Shona
Ngwarai means "Be diligent, wisen up, be on guard".
Ngweji m Luba
Means "warrior; powerful man" in Luba-Kasai.
Nhalahla f Zulu
Means "luck" in Zulu.
Nhamo f & m African
Means "Disaster" in Shona. It is the title character in A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer.
Nhamo m & f Shona
It means "suffering; woes; disaster".
Nhial m & f Nuer, African Mythology
The Nuer counterpart of Nhialic, the main creator god of Dinka mythology.
Nhiriri f Shona
Means "wild cat" in Shona.
Nhlakanipho f Zulu
From Zulu inhlakanipho meaning "wisdom".
Nhlalala f Tsonga
Means "honey bird" in Xitsonga.
Nhlamulo m & f Tsonga
Means "answer, solution" in Xitsonga.
Nhlayiseko m & f Tsonga
Means "safety" in Xitsonga.
Nhlohlotelo m & f Tsonga
Means "influence" in Xitsonga.
Nhlonipho m Ndebele
Means "respect" in Ndebele.
Nhluvuko m & f Tsonga
Means "development, progress" in Xitsonga.
Nhoro m Shona
Means "antelope" in Shona.
Nhwireng f Akan
Means "flower" in Akan.
Niara f Eastern African, Swahili
Means of high purpose
Nicasius m Ancient Greek (Latinized), Dutch (Rare), African (Rare)
Latinized form of Nikasios. This was the name of several martyrs and saints, such as Nicasius of Die (4th century AD) and Nicasius of Rheims (5th century AD).... [more]
Nicolene f English, Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans, South African
Variant of Nicoline. Known bearers of this name include the South African race walker Nicolene Cronje (b. 1983) and the South African field hockey player Nicolene Terblanche (b... [more]
Nicus m Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans
Short form of Dominicus. In rare cases, this name can also be a latinization of Nico or Niek.
Nielas m German (Modern, Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
German and Afrikaans borrowing of Nilas.
Nifemi f Yoruba
Means "love me" in Yoruba.
Nigesa f Swahili
Means "born during the harvest season" in Swahili.
Nimo f Somali
Somali version of the Arabic names Nima 1 and Nimat meaning "blessing."
Niniola f Yoruba
Meaning "Having wealth" of West-african, Yoruba origin
Nirlim f & m Dagbani
Means "kindness" in Dagbani.
Niyasung f & m Dagbani
Means "good intention" in Dagbani.
Niyogushima f Rundi
Means "God should be thanked" in Kirundi.
Niyokuri f & m Rwandan
Feminine and masculine name, perhaps honorific after famed professor of agriculture Aristide Niyokuri.
Nizigiyimana f Rundi
Means "I hope in God" in Kirundi.
Njabulo f Zulu
Means "happy" in Zulu.
Njabulu f Zulu
Means "happiness" in Zulu.
Njalwuni m & f Dagbani
Literally means "Given my life to God" "Leaning on God"
Njau m Kikuyu
Meaning "young bull".
Njeinwei m Central African (Rare)
Rare first name from Cameroon.
Njelama f Nsenga
Crystal clear waters
Njere m & f Shona
It means “wisdom”.
Njeredzanhasi m Shona
Meaning “the wisdom of today” and/or “the modern wisdom”.
Njiba m & f Luba
Means "stream, lake" in Luba-Kasai.
Njive f Shona
Means "dove" in Shona.
Njoki f Kikuyu
Means "the one who resurrected" in Kikuyu.
Njoroge m Kikuyu
Means "genet" in Kikugu.
Njozi f Swahili
Swahili feminine name meaning "dream".
Nkaeguo m & f Akan
Means "saying it for nothing" in Akan.
Nkanga m Central African
Kikongo for "eagle".
Nkanyezi m Zulu, Southern African
Means "star" in Zulu.
Nkanyiso m Zulu
Means "light" in Zulu.
Nkateko m & f Tsonga
Means "blessing" in Xitsonga.
Nkechika f Igbo
The one God gave me is the best.
Nkeirouka f Western African, Igbo
This is the name of Russian curler Nkeirouka Ezekh. Her father is of Nigerian Igbo descent, and her mother of Chuvash.
N’kelian m Kongo
N’Kelian means take care in Kikongo
Nkem m & f Igbo
Nkemakolam f Igbo
Means "let me not lose mine" in Igbo.
Nkeoma f & m Igbo
Means "that which is good" in Igbo.
Nkhangweleni m Venda
Means "forgive me" in Tshivenda.
Nkhetheleng f Sotho
Means "choose for me" in Sotho.
Nkhumbudzeni m & f Venda
Means "remember me" in Tshivenda.
Nkhumbwizhya m & f Nsenga
Meaning admire for a while. Name given to a baby after his/her siblings die as babies.
Nkongho m & f Jagham, Kenyang
Means "follower, pursuant" from the Kenyang and Jagham root koŋó meaning "to follow".
Nkonkoni f Zulu
Means "champion" in Zulu.
Nkopane m African
Lesotho and Orange Free State
Nkosenye m Zulu
Means “another one” in Zulu.
Nkosi m Xhosa, Southern African
Means "chief, king, lord" in Xhosa.
Nkosingimele f & m Zulu
Means "God is on my side" or "stand for me" in Zulu.
Nkosingiphile f African, Zulu
Means "the Lord gave me" in Zulu.
Nkosiphendule m Zulu
Means "God has answered" in Zulu.
Nkosiyabo m African, Ndebele, Zulu
Means "their king" in Zulu.
Nkosnathi m African
South African Zulu name translated into Emmanuel meaning gift of god.
Nkpoikankeabasi m & f Ibibio
Means "nothing is hard for god" in Ibibio.
Nkrumah m Akan
Means “ninth born” in Akan.
Nkuba m Haya
Means "thunder" in Haya.
Nkuli f & m Southern African, Xhosa, Zulu
Diminutive form of Nonkululeko and Nkululeko.
Nkululeko m Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa
Means "freedom" in Zulu and Xhosa.
Nkunim f & m Akan
"Victory"
Nmachi f Igbo, African
The name means "beauty of God" in Igbo.
Nnaemeka m Igbo
God the father has done great also related to chukwuemeka
Nnamso m & f Ibibio
Means "What have I done?" in Ibibio.
Nnebuogor f Igbo
Means "mother is a gift" in Igbo.
Nnedi f Igbo
Diminutive of Nnedimma.... [more]
Nneoma f Igbo
"Good mother"
Nnete f Tswana
Means "truth" in Setswana.
Nnyawedzeni m & f Venda
Means "let me rest" in Tshivenda.
Nnyeyam m & f Dagbani
"I have learnt my lesson"
Nnyinamukari f Kiga
Meaning unknown.
Noag m Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Noah 1.
Nobhalela f Zulu
Means "the one who writes" in Zulu.
Nobuhle f Zulu
Means “beauty” in Zulu.
Nobukhosi f African
Zulu name for Royality
Nṱoḓeni m & f Venda
Means "look for me" in Tshivenda.
Noham m Tigrinya
Means "comfort" in Tigrinya.
Nokhanyo f Xhosa
Means "light, shine" or "enlightenment" in Xhosa.
Nokulunga f Zulu
Means "thankfulness" in Zulu.
Nokutenda m & f Shona
Means "with gratitude (associated with faith in God)" in Shona.
Nokuthula f Zulu
Means "peace and tranquillity" in Zulu.
Nokuzola f Xhosa
Apparently means "quiet", "calm" or "peace" in Xhosa.
Nolwandle f Zulu
Means "mother of oceans" in Zulu.
Nolwazi f Zulu (Rare)
Means "knowledgeable" in Zulu.
Nomagugu f Zulu
Means "the precious one" in Zulu.
Nomalanga f Ndebele
Means "mother of sunshine" in Ndebele.
Nomandla f Zulu
Means "mother of strength" in Zulu.
Nomaqhawe f Ndebele
Means "heroine" in Ndebele.
Nomasonto f Zulu
Means "mother of Sundays" in Zulu.
Nomathamsanqa f Xhosa
Feminine form of Thamsanqa.
Nomathemba f Ndebele, Zulu
Means "hope" in Ndebele and Zulu.
Nombuyiselo f Xhosa
Means "she who gives back" or "mother of restoration" in Xhosa, a feminine form of Mbuyiseli.
Nomnikelo f South African, Xhosa
Means "offering" in Xhosa.
Nomthandazo f Southern African, Xhosa, Zulu
Means "a prayer" in Xhosa.