African Submitted Names

African names are used in various places on the continent of Africa. See also about African names.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Aliou m Western African
Form of Ali 1 used in parts of western Africa.
Alioune m Western African
Form of Ali 1 used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Aliza f Hungarian, Basque, Dutch, Flemish, Afrikaans
Basque form of Alice, Hungarian variant of Alíz and Dutch and Afrikaans variant of Alisa.
Allswell m & f Western African (Rare), English (African, Rare, ?)
Presumably from the English phrase all's well.
Almasi f Swahili
Means "diamond" in Swahili.
Almaz m & f Tatar, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Azerbaijani, Eastern African, Amharic
Means "diamond" in various languages, all derived from Persian الماس (almas). It is only used as a masculine name in Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan while it is feminine in Azerbaijan and Ethiopia.
Alongi m & f Lingala
Means "victorious" in Lingala.
Altine f Hausa
From the Hausa word lī̀tìnîn meaning “Monday”.
Aluoch f Luo
Means "born on overcast morning" in Luo.
Aluwani m & f Venda
Means "be prosperous" or "grow up" in Tshivenda.
Alzena f Indonesian (Rare), South African (Rare)
Possibly derived from Arabic النِسَاء‎ (an-nisāʾ) meaning "the woman".
Amadika f African
Is of African-Rhodesia origin and means "to be beloved".
Amahoro m & f Rundi
Amahoro is the Rundi word for Peace.
Amaitari m Ijaw
Means "the town loves me" in Ijaw.
Amakai f & m Western African
Meaning unknown.
Amakama m Ijaw
Means "feast for the town" in Ijaw.
Amakedi m Ijaw
Means "look upon the town" in Ijaw.
Amaku m & f Efik
Of Eniong Origin
Amalu m Berber
Means "shadow" in Tamazight.
Aman m Tigrinya
Means "handsome" in Tigrinya.
Amanar m Berber
Means "Orion (constellation)" in Amazigh.
Amandla f & m Xhosa, Zulu, African American
Means "power; strength" in Xhosa and Zulu.... [more]
Amani f Swahili
Means "peace" in Swahili.
Amani f Tigrinya
Means "faith" in Tigrinya.
Amanuel m Tigrinya
Variant of Emanuel.
Amanyire f & m Eastern African, Nyoro, Tooro, Nkore, Kiga
Means "God knows" in Nyoro, Tooro, Nkore, and Kiga.
Amarachukwu f Nigerian, Igbo
Means "God's grace" in Igbo. (See Amara and Chukwu).
Amari m African, Yoruba, 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 is now Senegal, existing from 1549 AD to 1879 AD.
Amastan m Tuareg
Means "protector, defender" in Tuareg, derived from the Tamazight root esten meaning "to protect, to defend".
Amastane m Northern African, Berber
Variant transcription of Amastan.
Amayas m Berber
Means "cheetah" in Tamazight.
Amaynu m Berber
Means "new" in Amazigh.
Amazigh m Northern African, Berber
From Tamazight 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", derived from Taznatit (Gurara) aze meaning "to be strong" and Tamasheq jeɣeɣ meaning "to be brave".
Ambelu m & f Amharic
Possibly means "commander" in Amharic.
Ambesa m Ethiopian (Modern)
The meaning of this Ethiopian names is "lion".
Ambesa f Tigrinya
Means "lioness" in Tigrinya.
Ambilike m Nyakyusa
Means "He heard me" in Nyakyusa.
Ambo m & f Efik
Amburo f Somali
Transferred use of the surname Amburo.
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.
Amenzu m Kabyle
Means "the first" in Kabyle.
Amesemi f Eastern African, African Mythology
Amesemi was goddess of the ancient Kingdom of Kush, and wife of the god Apedemak.
Amessan m Berber
Means "wise" in Tamazight.
Ametepee m Ewe
Not available.
Amewusika f Ewe
Means "people are more valuable than material things" in Ewe.
Ameyo f Akan
Means "Saturday" in Akan.
Ameziane m Berber, Northern African
Variant of Meziane (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
Amêzyan m Berber
Means "cadet" or "small" in Amazigh.
Amibesa f Amharic
Means "lioness" in Amharic.
Amigaat m & f Bandial
Means "He/she has a skinny leg" in Bandial.
Amile m Zulu
something keeping a structural holding making sure things are balanced in life.
Amilna f Southern African
Amilna Estêvão is an Angolan model.
Aminatta f Western African (Rare)
Variant of Aminata. This is borne by Aminatta Forna (1964-), a British writer of Scottish and Sierra Leonean descent.
Amlan f Baoulé
Derived from Baoulé mlan "Wednesday", referring to the day of the week on which the child was born and hence to be understood as "born on Wednesday".
Amleset f Tigrinya
Means "she made it return" in Tigrinya.
Amma m African
The god of fertility and of rain among the Dagon of Mali and Sudan.
Ammenguyyah m Bandial
Means "he has many graves" in Bandial.
Amogechukwu f Igbo
Means "no one knows God's timing" in Igbo.
Amogelang m & f South African, Sotho, Tswana
Means "welcome, receive or accept the child or situation".
Amohelang m Sotho
Means "receive" in Sotho.
Amoin f Baoulé
Derived from Baoulé mɔnnɛn "Sunday", referring to the day of the week on which the child was born and hence to be understood as "born on Sunday".
Amoke f & m Yoruba
Means "loving stroke" in Yoruba.
Amondi f Swahili
Swahili form of Amani.
Amoré f Afrikaans (Modern)
Afrikaans form of Amore.
Ampie m Afrikaans
Diminutive of Abraham.
Amri m Arabic, Indonesian, Malay, Swahili
Means "my command" from Arabic أمر ('amr) meaning "order, command, decree".
Amukelani m & f African, Tsonga
Means "acceptance" in Tsonga.
Amukelo m & f Tsonga
Means "acceptance" in Xitsonga.
Amul-yaakaar m & f Wolof
Means "she/he has no hope" in Wolof. This is considered a 'death prevention' name.
Amunime m Ovambo
Means "big lion" in Ovambo.
Amusa f Southern African
It is a Silozi or Lozi Name. Silozi or Lozi is a Zambian language.
Amutenya m Ovambo
Means "midday" in Ovambo. This name is traditionally given to children born during the afternoon.
Anaishe f & m Shona
Derived from Shona anashe, meaning "who is with God".
Anaiya f African
Similar to Anaya meaning "look up to god".
Anamzooya m Dagbani
Means "your power is great" in Dagbani.
Anané m Akan
Means "fourth born" in Akan.
Ananse m Akan
This is the name of a character in Ghanaian mythology. He was able to turn himself into a SPIDER, and could use his talents to PLAY TRICKS on other things, and does things in a MISCHIEVOUS way.
Anansia f African
Feminine form of Anansi.
Anarouz m Berber, Northern African
Variant transcription of Anaruz.
Anaruz m Berber, Northern African
Means "hope" in Tamazight.
Anasa f Swahili
Means "joy" in Swahili.
Anazia f African American (Modern), Nigerian
Transferred use of the surname Anazia.
Anbesa m Amharic (Modern)
Means "Lion" in Amharic.
Anbessa m Tigrinya
Means "lion" in Tigrinya.
Andani m Dagbani
Family name of one of the royal gates of Dagbong. Inherited traditional name".
Andereya m & f Nyoro, Ganda, Kiga, Tooro
Nyoro, Ganda, Tooro and Kiga variant of Andrew and Andrea 2.
Andi m & f Dagbani
Means "you will win" or "victor" in Dagbani.
Andino m & f Efik, Ibibio
Means "God the giver" in Ibibio and Efik.
Andisiwe f Xhosa
Means "extension" in Xhosa.
Andricia f Afrikaans (Rare)
Possibly a variant of Andriesia.
Andrietta f Swedish (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare), Romansh
Swedish and Afrikaans variant of Andriette and Romansh feminine form of Andriu.
Andulile m Nyakyusa
Means "He helped me" in Nyakyusa.
Andwele m Swahili
Means "God brings me" in Swahili.
Andzani m & f Tsonga
Means "multiply, grow" in Xitsonga.
Andzile m & f Tsonga
Means "multiplied and increased" in Xitsonga.
Anebdad m Berber
Means "support" in Amazigh.
Aneke f Afrikaans
Variant of Anneke.
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.
Anesu f Shona
A Shona name for girls. It means "God is with us".
Anfani m & f Dagbani
Means "benefit" in Dagbani.
Angari f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Variant of Wangari. Also a surname.
Angavu m Swahili
Swahili masculine name meaning "clear, lucid".
Angula m Ovambo
Means "morning" in Ovambo. This name is traditionally given to children born in the morning.
Angweng f Luo
"birthed during the season of white ants (termites, i.e. rainy season)"
Aniamaowo f Efik
Means "who likes you" in Efik.
Aniebietabasi m & f Ibibio
Means "Who is like god?" in Ibibio.
Aniefiok m & f Nigerian, Ibibio
Means "who knows tomorrow?" in Ibibio.
Aniekan m & f Efik
Diminutive of Aniekanabasi.
Aniekanabasi m & f Western African, Ibibio, Efik
Means "who is greater than God?" in Ibibio and Efik.
Aniekpeno m & f Ibibio
Means "Who would have given me?" in Ibibio.
Anietie m Efik
Means "who could you compare to God?" in Efik.
Anindo f Luo
means that the mother slept a lot during pregnancy
Anir m Berber, Northern African
Means "angel" in Tamazight.
Anisung f & m Dagbani
Means "good intention" in Dagbani.
Aniyom m & f Efik
Anje f Dutch, Afrikaans, Flemish
Diminutive of An.
Anjolaoluwa f Yoruba
Enjoying the blessings/wealth of God
Ankoma m Western African, Akan
Means "last born of parents" in Akan.
Annaleen f Afrikaans
Contraction of Anna and names ending in -leen, such as Heleen and Magdaleen.
Annan m Akan
Variant of Anan 1.
Anneline f Afrikaans, Dutch, Dutch (Antillean), French (Archaic), Danish, Norwegian
Dutch and Afrikaans variant of Annelien as well as a Danish and Norwegian combination of Anne 1 and Line (and thus a cognate of Annelien) as well as a Danish, Norwegian and archaic French diminutive of Anne 1 found up to the 1700s in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.
Anoeschka f Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Variant of Anuschka. This is borne by Namibian author Anoeschka von Meck (1967-).
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.
Añuget m & f Bandial
Means "the black one" in Bandial.
Anuoluwapo m & f Yoruba
Means "God's mercy is plenty" in Yoruba.
Anya-kati m & f Afizere
Means "favour" in Afizere.
Anyang f Luo
Means "crocodile" in Luo.
Anyango f Luo
Meaning born in the mid morning
Anyim m Nigerian
A notable bearer is Anyim Pius Anyim, a Nigerian politician.
Anzansi m & f Dagbani
Means "courage" or "persistence" in Dagbani.
Anzél f Afrikaans
Variant of Anzelle.
Anzelle f Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Ancelle.
Aondongu m Tiv
Means there is a God
Aoro f Luo
"born during a very dry season"
Aoua f Western African
Variant of Awa. A notable bearer was Malian independence activist Aoua Kéita (1912-1980).
Apaadi m Yoruba
Means "hell" in Yoruba.
Apapa m Ijaw
Means "groundnut" in Ijaw.
Aphelele m Xhosa
Meaning “they are perfect” or “they are complete” in Xhosa. Often given to the last child in Xhosa families.
Aphiwe m & f African
Means "given" in Zulu.
Apiyo f Luo
"firstborn of twins"
Apolot f Eastern African
Origin- Iteso people of eastern Uganda and Western Kenya, from the Ateso language, a derivative of the Teso-Turkana language and eastern Nilotic culture. ... [more]
Apputi m & f Bandial
Means "the tiny one" in Bandial.
Araba f African
Girl born on a Tuesday, in Akan. (Same as Abena)
Arabang f Sotho
Means "reply" in Sotho.
Aragsan f Somali
Means "see" in Somali.
Aralola f Yoruba
Means "family is wealth" in Yoruba.
Aranchi f Tigrinya
Means "orange (fruit)" in Tigrinya.
Araya m Tigrinya
Means "leader by example" in Tigrinya.
Archibong m Efik
Anglicised version of the Name Asibong.... [more]
Ardo m Fula
Meaning "chief" or "ruler".
Areksim m Berber
Means "caracal" in Amazigh.
Arenaya f Sotho
Means “He (God) gave us” in Sesotho.
Areneha f Sotho (Rare)
Means "he gave us".
Areneha f Sotho (Modern)
He gave us, God being the ‘He’
Aret f Efik
Means "born on a market day" in Efik.
Arezki m Kabyle
Probably derived from Arabic رِزْق (rizq) meaning "wealth, fortune" or "nourishment, sustenance".
Arezqi m Kabyle
Variant transcription of Arezki.
Arina f Hungarian, Dutch, Afrikaans
Hungarian contracted form of Adriána and Dutch and Afrikaans contracted form of Adriana.
Armana f Tigrinya
Neans "our flag" in Tigrinya.
Armed m Indonesian, Nigerian
Indonesian and Nigerian form of Ahmed.
Arouna m Western African, Kwa
Form of Harun. Possibly a name from the Kwa languages.
Arsema f Amharic
Amharic form of Hripsime.
Artwell m Shona, English (African), Ndebele
Zimbabwe origin meaning 'Creative' or 'Excellent Creation'.
Aruk f Efik
Of Eniong Origin
Arukubu f & m Ijaw
Means "a child born in a canoe" in Ijaw.
Arusi f Swahili
Means "born at wedding time" in Swahili.
Arziki f Hausa
Means "wealth, prosperity" in Hausa.
Asaaseasa m & f Akan
Means "the land is finished" in Akan. The implication of this name is that there is no more land for the dead to be buried - so the child is encouraged to live as there will be no more space for his/her burial.
Asaba m & f Tooro
Asabi f Yoruba
Means "one selected for birth" in Yoruba.
Asade m & f Western African
West African form and rare feminine form of Asad.
Asadi m Eastern African
Masculine name in the Rotooro language, Uganda East Africa.
Asafar m Berber
Means "remedy" in Tamazight.
Asafu m Berber
Means "torch" in Tamazight.
Asali f Swahili
Means "honey" in Swahili.
Asamahle f Nguni
Means "she is still beautiful" in Nguni.
Asamkele f Nguni
Means "let us accept" in Nguni
Asamoah m & f Western African, Akan
Means "apostles" in Akan. It is also a surname. A famous bearer is Ghanaian soccer player Asamoah Gyan (1985-).
Asana f African, Dagbani
The name Asana is a derivative of Hassan. ... [more]
Asani m Swahili
Means "rebellious" in Swahili.
Asanti f & m Swahili, African
means "thank you"
Asanye m & f Efik
Asari f Efik
The name Asari, which is originally an Efik name, means "choosy","selective".
Asatira f Swahili
Means "history, legend" in Swahili.
Asaye f African
From Africa/Ghana
Aseda f & m Akan
Asegelile m Nyakyusa
Means "He is close to me" in Nyakyusa.
Aseye f African
african, Means Happiness
Aseyiowu m Yoruba
Means "success" in Yoruba.
Asfru m Berber
Means "poem, ode" in Tamazight.
Asheazi f Eggon
A beautiful woman, precious woman
Ashegari f Amharic
Means "may he make you perfect" in Amharic.
Ashilame m Nigerian, Eggon
Means "he saves me" in Eggon.
Ashon m Akan
Means "seventh born son" in Akan.
Ashu m & f Kenyang, Jagham
From Kenyang sǒ meaning "wash, clean, clear." Alternatively it could stem from the verb sǔ in Ejagham which has the same meaning.
Asian m & f Ibibio
Means "one who is proud" in Ibibio.
Asirem m Berber
Means "hope" in Amazigh.
Asisat f Nigerian
The name of the professional woman football player Asisat Oshoala, playing for FC Barcelona.
Askale f Amharic (Rare)
Probably based on "Askal of Mary" (A type of flower).
Asli f Somali
Means "amber" in Somali.
Asmeret f Tigrinya
Means "united, unity" in Tigrinya.
Asmerom m Tigrinya
Eritrean and Tigray used name, the meaning is to unite.
Asmini f Swahili
Swahili form of Jasmin 1.
Asmun m Berber
Means "companion" in Amazigh.
Asrat m & f Ge'ez
Means "tithe" in Ge'ez.
Assata f African
Unknown Country- West African- adopted by Revolutionary Black activist Assata Shakur. Assata means "she who struggles", Shakur means "thankful one"
Assemahegn m Amharic
Means "you made me famous" in Amharic.
Assie f Oromo
varint of aussie
Ássuma m & f Bandial
Means "the nice one" or "the unselfish one" in Bandial.
Aster f Amharic
Amharic form of Esther.
Astur f Somali
Means "repose, seclusion" in Somali.
Asulil m Berber
Means "rock" in Tamazight.