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.
Thaba m Sotho
Means "mountain".
Thaba m Sotho
mountain
Thabelo m & f Venda
Means "prayer" in Tshivenda.
Thabisa f Zulu
Means "delight" in Zulu.
Thabiti m Swahili
Means “stable” in Swahili.
Thamsanqa m Xhosa, Zulu
Means "luck, fortune" in Zulu and Xhosa.
Thandabantu m Zulu
Means "fond of others" in Zulu.
Thandiswa f Zulu, Bantu
Means "to be loved" or "to be blessed" in Zulu
Thandizani m Chewa
Means "help" in Chewa.
Thandoluhle m Zulu
Means "good love" in Zulu.
Thandolwethu m & f South African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "our love" in Zulu and Xhosa.
Thapeli m Sotho
Means "appeal" in Sesotho.
Thapelo m & f Sotho
Means "prayer" in Sotho.
Thatayaone m & f Tswana
Means "his (god's) will" in Tswana.
Thatayotlhe m Tswana
Means "all the strength" in Setswana.
Thatoyaone m & f Tswana
Means "His (God's) will" in Setswana.
Thayi m & f Tswana
Decendants of the Nyambane speaking people in Mozambique and descendants of Tswana speaking people in Botswana met in South Africa in the early 1800. The great Nyanale from Mozambique "Nambane" came to South Africa to work in mines.
Thebe m Sotho
Means "shield" in Sesotho.
Thebeyame m Tswana
Means "my shield" in Setswana.
Thembelihle f Zulu
Means "good hope" in Zulu.
Thembi f Zulu
Possibly a short form of names containing thembi, such as Sithembile.
Thembisile f Zulu
Means "the trusted one" in Zulu.
Thenjiwe f Zulu
Means "trusted one" in Zulu.
Theonie f Afrikaans (Rare)
Afrikaans form of Théonie.
Thero m Tswana
Means "sermon" in Setswana.
Theuns m Afrikaans
Afrikaans short form of Antonius.
Thikhathali m Venda
Means "one who does not worry" in Tshivenda.
Thilivhali m Venda
Means "one who does not forget" in Tshivenda.
Thiyya f Berber
Means "nice" in Amazigh.
Thobeka f Southern African, Zulu
Means "humble" in Zulu.
Thobekile f Ndebele
Means "polite" in Ndebele.
Tholakele f Zulu
Means "found" in Zulu.
Tholoana f Sotho
Means "fruit".
Tholoana f Sotho
Meaning, fruit or seed, in the context of ‘fruit of my womb’
Thoriso m Sotho
Means "praise" in Sesotho.
Thuba f Ndebele
Means "chance" in Ndebele.
Thubelihle f Ndebele
Means "good chance" in Ndebele.
Thula f Zulu
Means "peace" in Zulu.
Thulaganyo m & f Tswana
It means "program" or "structure".
Thulie f Zulu
Diminutive of Nokuthula.
Thulilwempi m Ndebele
Means "the dust of war" in Ndebele.
Thulisile f African, Zulu
Means "she who made things quiet" in Zulu.
Thuso m Sotho
Means "help" in Sotho.
Thusoyaone m Tswana
Means "His (God's) help" in Setswana.
Thuto m Sotho
Means "lesson" in Sesotho.
Thys m Medieval Dutch, Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans
Medieval Dutch and Afrikaans short form of Matthys. But in other words, you could also say that this name is the medieval Dutch and Afrikaans equivalent of Thijs.... [more]
Tiaan m Afrikaans
Short form of Christiaan.
Tiaraoluwa f Yoruba
Supposedly means "from the body of God" in Yoruba.
Tidiane m Western African
From a French word used to refer to a follower of Tijaniyyah, a Sufi order that originated in Northern Africa.
Tidiya m & f Dagbani
It means "we have won"
Tiego m African
meaning: the belated... [more]
Tiekuromo f & m Ijaw
Means "let's stand firmly" in Ijaw.
Tienepre f Ijaw
Stand for me
Tigist f Amharic
Means "patience" in Ahmaric.
Tigisti f Tigrinya
Means "patience" in Tigrinya.
Tiifu m Ganda
Transferred use of the surname Tiifu.
Tiisetso f Sotho
Means "perseverance" in Sesotho,
Tijani m & f Arabic (Maghrebi), Hausa, Western African, Nigerian
From Arabic تِيجَانِ (tījāni) meaning "crowns".
Tikambenji f Chewa
Means "what shall we say?" in Chewa.
Tikhalenawo f Chewa
Means "let's sit and live with them" in Chewa.
Tikisi f Chaga
Means "reward, gift" in Chagga.
Tikuna f Jewish, Northern African
From the Hebrew word tikun meaning "repair, rectification".... [more]
Tilelli f Ancient Berber, Kabyle
Means "freedom" in Kabyle.
Tilellli f Berber
Means "freedom" in Tamazight.
Tiloleko f Nsenga
We shall see
Tima m Efik
Means "remember love" in Efik.
Timidi m Ijaw
Means "live to see" or "witness" in Ijaw.
Timieri m & f Ijaw
Means "live to see" in Ijaw.
Timtooni m & f Dagbani
it literally means move forward denoting prosper
Timuš f Berber
Berber diminutive of Fatima.
Tinaye m Shona
Tinaye means "We have got him or her". Former Manicaland Provincial Governor Tinaye Chigudu is one well known bearer of this name.
Tinevimbo f Shona
Means "we have faith" in Shona.
Tinhinan f Berber
Means "she of the campfires" in Tamazight. This was the name of a Tuareg queen.
Tinifsan f Berber
Means "blooming one" in Tamazight.
Tinisi m & f African
Tribal name common among the southeastern tribes of Liberia, west Africa... [more]
Tinitran f Berber
Means "of the stars" in Amazigh.
Tinnie f & m Igbo
Used for very small children.
Tinopiwanashe f Shona
Means "we are given by God" in Shona.
Tinotenda m & f Shona
Meaning “we believe” and “ we gives thanks or gratitude.” Longer forms of the name would be Tinotendaishe or Tinotendanashe.
Tinozivaishe f Shona
Means "we know God" in Shona.
Tintadêfi f Berber
Means "sweetness, of sweetness" in Tamazight.
Tintfsut f Berber
Means "of spring" in Tamazight.
Tintifawin f Berber
Means "of the light, shining" in Tamazight.
Tintlelli f Berber
Means "of the free" in Tamazight.
Tintswalo f Tsonga
Means "grace" in Xitsonga.
Tintziri f Berber
Means "moonlit" in Tamazight.
Tinu m Yoruba
Diminutive of names beginning with tinu- such as Tinuade, Tinubu, Tinuke, Tinuola, Tinuosho, Tinuoso and Tinuoye... [more]
Tinus m Afrikaans, Dutch
Usually a short form of Martinus, but there are also cases where it is a short form of Constantinus.
Tinyiko m & f Tsonga
Means "gifts" in Xitsonga.
Tipagya f & m Dagbani
Means "we thank God" in Dagbani.
Tirhani m & f Tsonga
Possibly from the Xitsonga word tirha meaning "work".
Tiri f & m Western African, Ijaw
Means "outsider" in Ijaw.
Tirivanhu m Shona
Means "We are people". This name says do not look down upon us or take us for granted, we are human like you
Tirivashe m & f Shona
Means "We belong to the Lord". #This is a Christian name for believers declaring their loyalty to God".
Tiroyamodimo m Tswana
Means "God's work" in Setswana.
Tiruneh m Amharic
Means "you are good" in Amharic.
Tisa m & f Swahili
Means "nine" in Swahili. It is often given to the ninth-born child.
Tisent f Berber
Means "salt" in Amazigh.
Tissa f Somali
A gift from God
Tisungane m & f Chewa
Means "let us keep each other" in Chewa.
Titem f Berber
Berber diminutive of Fatima.
Titi f Yoruba
Means "forever" in Yoruba and is typically a short form for names starting with Titi such as Titilayo.
Titilola f & m African, Yoruba
Means "wealth is forever" in Yoruba.
Titilolami f African
Means "my wealth is eternal"... [more]
Tiwul f Berber
Means "of the heart" in Tamazight.
Tiya f & m Kongo
Flame
Tiyamiyu m Yoruba
Mans "my mother is the dearest" in Kwa.
Tiyani m & f Tsonga
Means "be strong" in Xitsonga.
Tiyiselani m & f Tsonga
Means "persevere, endure" in Xitsonga.
Tiyumba m & f Dagbani
Means "let's love them" in Dagbani.
Tiyumtaba m & f Dagbani (Modern)
Meaning: "Let's love one another"
Tiyya f Berber
Means The"Nice"
Tizazu m Amharic
Means "His command" in Amharic.
Tizemt f Berber (Rare), Northern African (Rare)
Means "lioness" in Tamazight, ultimately from ⵉⵣⴻⵎ (izem) meaning "lion" (chiefly Moroccan).
Tizirai m Shona
Means "Run to". This refers to running to take refuge in.
Tizita f Eastern African, Amharic, Ethiopian
Means "memory" in Amharic.
Tlafulki f Berber
Means "beauty" in Tamazight.
Tlali m Sotho
Means "lightning" in Sotho.
Tlangelani m & f Tsonga
Possibly from the Xitsonga word tlangela meaning "celebrate".
Tlatig f Berber
Means "worthy" in Tamazight.
Tlaytmas f Northern African (Modern)
Female name meaning "The one with brothers/has brothers". Combination of "Tla" meaning "has", and "Ytmas" meaning "Her brothers".
Tlhokomelo m & f Sotho
Means "care" in Sotho.
Tlholo m Sotho
Means "victory" in Sesotho.
Tlotliso f & m Sotho
Means "honour" in Sotho.
Toba m Yoruba
Short form of Oloruntuba.
Tobechukwu m Igbo
Means "praise God" in Igbo.
Todini m & f Shona
Means "What shall we do?". This is a name of exclamation or questioning given by a parent who is lost regarding what to do in their circumstances
Toendepi m Shona
Means "Where shall we go". #This name is given where a family has grievances against their neighbours and desire to move away".
Tofunmi m & f Yoruba
a strong desire for success and all the amenities of affluence.
Tokoloho f Sotho
Means "freedom" in Sesotho.
Tokoni f Ijaw
Means "praise" in Ijaw.
Toks m Nigerian (?)
Means "carefree person".
Tokunbo m & f Yoruba
Means "returned from overseas". It is often given to children born abroad and brought home.
Tola m & f Yoruba
Means "prominent for success" in Yoruba, derived from meaning "as prominent as" and ọlá meaning "wealth, success, nobility". It is also a short form of longer names such as Omotola, Oyètọ́lá, Tọ́lání and Tọ́láṣe.
Tolulope f & m Yoruba
Means "to the Lord be Praise" in Yoruba.
Toluwanimi m & f Yoruba
Means "I belong to the lord" in Yoruba.
Tomi m Nigerian
Means "the people" in Kalarbari, spoken in Nigeria.
Tomi f Nigerian
Nigerian for "sufficient"
Tomisin m & f Nigerian
Originated from yoruba culture in Nigeria,
Tomutenda m Shona
Meaning “we give thanks to him”, a longer form of the name is Tomutendaishe, whilst Tom is the shorter form.
Tomutendaishe m & f Shona
Meaning “we give thanks to He who is the Lord”, it is synonymous with the names Tinomutendaishe and Tovatendaishe.
Tonderai m Shona
Means "remember" in Shona.
Tonny m & f Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, Central African
Variant of Toni 1 and Toni 2, which are short forms of Anton and Antonia respectively... [more]
Tonta f Bamileke
Bagangte, Cameroon
Tonye m & f Ijaw
Short form of Ayibatonye.
Toperesu f & m Shona
"Flaming sword" believed to be used by the kings
Topollo f Sotho
Means "emancipation, release" in Sesotho.
Tor m Tiv
Means "king" in Tiv.
Torevei m & f Shona
Means "What shall we say?". This is a name of exclamation or questioning given by a parent who is a lost for words regards the situation they are in
Toroabasi m & f Ibibio
Means "thank god" in Ibibio.
Tosin m & f Western African, Yoruba
Short form of Oluwatosin.
Totit f Amharic
Means "monkey" in Amharic. It is used as a nickname in Ethiopia.
Touka f Berber
Variant of Tuka.
Touré f & m Western African (Gallicized, Rare)
From the surname Touré, possibly a French form of Soninke tùùré "elephant".
Touya f Berber
tree, tamazight
Towera f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "beauty" or "beautiful". Traditionally the name was given to a child born after death(s) of a preceding sibling. The belief was that this new born is beautiful for death or beautiful for the soil.
Toyosi m & f Nigerian, Yoruba
Means "something to rejoice about" in Yoruba, also used as a short form for other names ending in -toyosi including Olutoyosi or Oluwatoyosi.
Trofimus m Afrikaans (Archaic), Dutch (Archaic)
Afrikaans and Dutch form of Trophimus.
Trudene f English (Rare), Afrikaans
Elaborated form of Trudy.
Tryna f Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Trijna and thus a short form of Catharina and Catherina (compare Tryntje).
Tsakani f & m South African, Tsonga
The meaning is "to be happy". It was popularized by Tsakani Mhinga. She was a South African singer who died in 2006.... [more]
Tsanainesh f Ge'ez
Means "you are a sun" in Ge'ez.
Tsebo m Sotho
Means "knowledge" in Sesotho.
Tsegaye m Ge'ez
Means "my grace" in Ge'ez.
Tsehai m & f Ge'ez
Means "sun" in Ge'ez.
Tsela m Sotho
Means "path" in Sesotho.
Tšelang-lerato f Sotho
Pour in, love
Tsemru m Ge'ez
Means "his wool" in Ge'ez.
Tshala f Luba
Meaning unknown. It comes from the Tshiluba language, spoken in DR Congo.
Tshanduko m & f Venda
Means "change" in Tshivenda.
Tshediso m Sotho
Means "consolation" in Sesotho.
Tshegofatso f South African, Sotho
Means "blessing" in Sotho.
Tshela m & f Central African
Western Luba unisex name derived from the phrase cyela makàsà meaning "enfant born feet first".
Tshenolo m Tswana
Means "revelations" in Setswana.
Tshephang m & f Tswana
Means "be trustful" in Setswana.
Tshephoyame m & f Tswana
Means "my faith" in Setswana.
Tshepiso f Tswana
Means "a promise" in Setswana.
Tshiamo f & m Tswana
Means "goodness" in Tswana.
Tshiananeo m & f Venda
Means "tale, story" in Tshivenda.
Tshianda m & f Luba
Short form of Tshiandanda.
Tshiandanda m & f Luba
This name is given by Luba people when the newborn has at least four older siblings of the opposite gender.
Tshibola m & f Luba
Means "rotten" in Luba-Kasai.
Tshifhiwa m Venda
Means "gift" in Tshivenda.
Tshilidzi f & m Venda
Possibly means "Grace". A notable bearer is Tshilidzi Marwala, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation at the University of Johannesburg.
Tshilobu m & f Luba
Means "brave" in Luba-Kasai.
Tshilongo m Luba
Means "flower" in Luba-Kasai.
Tshimangadzo m & f Venda
Means "miracle" in Tshivenda.
Tshimologo f Tswana
Means "beginning" in Setswana.
Tshintu m & f Luba
Means "big object" in Luba-Kasai.
Tshireletso f Tswana
Means "protection" in Setswana.
Tshupelo m Tswana
Means "witness" in Setswana.
Tshwanelo f Tswana
Means "rights" in Setswana.
Tsietsi m African
Used in South Africa and means "angry".... [more]
Tsige m & f Ge'ez
Means "flower" in Ge'ez.
Tsitsi f Shona
Means "mercy, compassion" in Shona.... [more]
Tsoalo f & m Sotho
Means "birth".
Tsofo m Hausa
Means "old" in Hausa.
Tsotang m Sotho
Means "amazement" in Sesotho.
Tsui m Khoekhoe, African Mythology
The Khoikhoi god of rain and thunder.
Tsul f Berber
Means "lively" in Tamazight.
Tsundzuka m & f Tsonga
Means "remember" in Xitsonga.
Tsungai m & f Shona
Meaning “be resilient; persevere”.
Tsungirirai m Shona
Means "perseverance" in Shona.
Tubbo m Luhya
Means "lover of bees; friend of all" in Luhya.
Tuburuode m Western African, Ijaw
Means "they have moved northward" in Ijaw.
Tudatt f Berber
Means "ewe" in Tamazight.
Tuelo f & m Tswana
Means "payment" in Tswana.
Tuere f Swahili (Rare)
Means "sacred" in Swahili.
Tufani f & m Swahili
Means "storm" in Swahili.
Tufayyur f Berber
Means "more beautiful than the moon" in Tamazight.
Tufitran f Berber
Means "more beautiful than the stars" in Tamazight.
Tufitri f Berber
Means "more beautiful than a star" in Tamazight.
Tuftent f Berber
Means "the most beautiful" in Tamazight.
Tugertent f Berber
Means "tallest" in Tamazight.
Tuka f Berber, Arabic
Means "Fear of God" in Berber.
Tukufu m Swahili
Means "exalted" in Swahili.
Tukuswiga m Nyakyusa
Means "we are surprised" in Nyakyusa.
Tumai f Eastern African
Means "hope" in Swahili.
Tumas m Arabic, Somali
Arabic form of Thomas.
Tumbopile f Nyakyusa
Means "let us love Him" in Nyakyusa.
Tumelano m Tswana
Means "agreement" in Setswana.
Tumert f Berber
Means "happiness" in Tamazight.
Tumisang m & f Tswana
Means "give praise" in Tswana.
Tumisho m & f Sotho
Means "glory" in Sotho.
Tumsilt f Berber
this name means ‘one who is well-built’.
Tumwimbilege f Nyakyusa
Means "let us sing for Him" in Nyakyusa.
Tunani m Central African
Middle name of soccer player Benik Afobe.
Tunaruz f Berber
Means "hope" in Tamazight.
Tunau m Hausa
Means "remember" in Hausa.
Tungibwaga m Nyakyusa
Means "we should not forget" in Nyakyusa.
Tuni m & f African
Meaning different and gifted in east Africa, specifically Kenya
Tuntum m Akan
Means "the black" in Akan.
Turai f Hausa
Name given to a girl born on a Tuesday.
Tureght f Berber
From the Amazigh uregh meaning "gold".
Tusmo f Somali
Means "in tandem" in Somali.
Tutonda m Kongo
Means "to thank" in Kongo.
Tutondele m Kongo
Means "we thank you" in Kongo.
Tutsirai m Shona
Means "add to what's already there" in Shona.
Tutu m & f Western African, South African
Means "cliff dweller".
Tuwilika f African
Originates from Namibia, africa. Means "guide us"
Twelani f Tsonga
Possibly from the Xitsonga word twila meaning "pity, feel pity".
Tyjah m & f African, African American (Modern)
Apparently means "smart" in one of the languages on the African continent. However, the name can also be derived from the name abbreviation (or initials) T.J., which is typically pronounced as "tee-jay" and its pronunciation henceforth developed into a first name of its own right (Teejay).
Tzeddig f Berber
Meaning unknown.
Uakile m Tsonga
“He has built”
Ubax f Somali
Means "flower" or "blossom" in Somali.
Ubena m Eastern African
Probably derived from a place name in Tanzania.
Ubonemem m & f Efik (Modern)
Means "offspring of peace" in Efik.
Ubong m & f Efik
Means "my glory" in Efik.
Uchechea m Igbo
Means “think about it” in Igbo.
Uchechukwu m & f Igbo, African
Based on the IGBO belief in a Supreme deity, Chukwu whose decision or will is final in the determination of human fate or destiny. It is a combination of two words of the Igbo (IBO), language, UCHE (WISH,WILL,THOUGHT) and CHUKWU (GOD)... [more]