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.
Aswa m & f Western African
Means "one who moves through darkness toward the light".
Ata m Western African, Akan
Means "one of twins" in Fante, dialect of Akan.
Atai m & f Efik
Atang m & f Tswana
Means "multipy" in Setswana.
Atarelang m & f Tswana
Means "receive with cupped hands" in Setswana.
Atasaone m Tswana
Means "His (God's) hand" in Setswana.
Atbir m Berber
Means "dove" in Amazigh.
Atem f & m Jagham, Kenyang
Means "friends" in Jagham and Kenyang as it's the plural of ǹ-tèm meaning "friend".
Atepekoungo m Zulu, Esan, Kongo, Mossi, Tooro, Yao
First used by King Atepekoungo of the Kingdom of Äsikoluboru in modern day Zïare.
Ateri f Nigerian, Eggon
Means "victory" in Eggon.
Athiambo f Luo
"born late in the evening". Thought to be an intelligent person.
Athumani m Swahili
Means "third one" in Swahili.
Atiba m & f Yoruba
Means "understanding" in Yoruba.
Atidaishe m & f Shona
Means "the Lord has loved us" in Shona.
Atiena f Swahili
Means "guardian of the night" in Swahili.
Atsede f Ge'ez
Means "white" in Ge'ez.
Atsen m Afizere
Atsen which means"Visitor" is a male given name among the Afizere people of Nigeria. who are predominantly in Jos Plateau and Bauchi State Nigeria.
Atsi m Afizere
Means "priest" in Afizere.
Atta m Akan
Means "twin" in Fante, an Akan language.
Átuay m & f Bandial
Means "the white one" in Bandial.
Aturinda m & f Eastern African, Nkore
Means "He -God- protects us" in Nkole, spoken in Uganda.
Auma f Luo
"someone delivered with the face down or through the caesarean process"
Avhatendi m & f Venda
Means "they do not believe" in Tshivenda.
Awami f Nguni
Means "belongs to me" in Nguni.
Awaran m & f Ijaw
Means "a child born during the august break in the rainy season" in Ijaw.
Awash m Amharic
Means "lender" in Amharic.
Awino f Luo
Means "born with the cord around" in Luo.
Awiti f Luo
"someone birthed after a misfortune, such as a difficult birth process"
Awlagh m Berber
Means "little rabbit" in Amazigh.
Awotwe m Akan
Means "eighth born" in Akan.
Awsim m Berber
Means "fawn" in Tamazight.
Awugoco m & f Agatu
Means "wonder of God" in Agatu.
Awuor f Luo
Means "the greedy one" in Luo.... [more]
Awusung m & f Western African, Saya
Means "extremely sweet and great" in Saya, spoken in Nigeria.
Axhoba m Xhosa
The meaning of this name is, they are armed.
Axil m Berber (Rare)
Means "cheetah" in Berber.
Aya f Baoulé
Derived from Baoulé ya "Friday", referring to the day of the week on which the child was born and hence to be understood as "born on Friday".
Ayaba f African American (Rare), Yoruba (Rare), Nigerian (Rare), African (Rare)
From the Yoruba ayaba meaning "queen".
Ayah f & m Jagham, Kenyang
From à-yà meaning "river" in Ejagham.
Ayakha m Xhosa
Means "they build" in Xhosa.
Ayakpo f & m Ijaw
Meaning "new world or life" in Ijaw.
Ayamba f & m Jagham, Kenyang
Means "he/she opened the way" in Ejagham, used for the first of twins.
Ayamma f Efik
Means "will you love me?" in Efik.
Ayan f Somali
Variant of Ayaan 2.
Ayana f Amharic
Means "beautiful flower" in Amharic.
Ayanda f Shona
Means "we are many" in Shona.
Ayanfeoluwa f & m Yoruba
It means the Lord's beloved
Ayanle m Somali
Masculine form of Ayan.
Ayanmo m & f Yoruba
Means "fate" in Yoruba.
Ayanna f Eastern African, African American (Modern), Jamaican Patois
Possibly means "flower" in Amharic.
Ayanti m & f Efik
Means "will you remember me?" in Efik.
Ayatu m Ge'ez
Means "his likeness" in Ge'ez.
Ayebatonye m & f Ijaw
Means "what God has destined" or "destiny" in Ijaw.
Ayebaye m & f Ijaw
Means "God's property" in Ijaw.
Ayele m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "he became strong, he became powerful" in Amharic.
Ayelech f Amharic, Ethiopian
Means "she who is powerful" in Amharic.
Ayen f Dinka
Related with a specific kind of cow in Dinka language.
Ayesu m & f African
Muslim African
Ayibaemi f & m Ijaw
Means "God exists" in Ijaw.
Ayibaifie f Ijaw
Means "God's own time" in Ijaw.
Ayibanua f & m Ijaw
Means "thank God" in Ijaw.
Ayibatonbara f & m Ijaw
Means "the will of God" in Ijaw.
Ayinde m & f Yoruba
Means "we gave praises and he came" in Yoruba.
Ayita f English (Modern, Rare, ?), African American (Rare), Western African (Rare)
The origins of this name are uncertain. Though it is popularly claimed to mean "first to dance" in Cherokee, this appears to be untrue.... [more]
Aylintá f Western African
The name Aylintá comes from the West African nation of Senegal and means Bearer of Light or Bringer of Light.
Aynjel m & f African, African American, Jamaican Patois, Caribbean
A strongly phonetic spelling of the world "angel", especially used by those who speak Jamaican Patois and other English-based dialects of Caribbean Creole.
Ayobami m & f Yoruba
Means "joy has met me" in Yoruba.
Ayodeji m Yoruba
Means "joy has become two" in Yoruba.
Ayofela m & f Yoruba
Ayofela means Joy enlarges/increases ... [more]
Ayoka f Yoruba
Means "one we rejoice to pluck" in Yoruba.
Ayomidele m & f Yoruba
Means "my joy has come home" in Yoruba.
Ayoola m & f Yoruba
Means "the joy of success" in Yoruba.
Ayotundun f Yoruba
Means "joy is sweet" in Yoruba.
Ayou f Amharic, Ethiopian
Diminutive of Ayelech.
Ayrad m Berber
Means "lion" in Amazigh.
Ayuk m & f Jagham, Kenyang
Means "they have heard" in Jagham and Kenyang, from the pronoun and root á meaning "they" and yúk meaning "to hear".
Ayuub m Somali
Somali form of Ayyub.
Ayyur m Berber
Means "moon" in Tamazight.
Azagba m Western African
Means "born out of town".
Azazi m Ge'ez
Means "one who commands" in Ge'ez.
Azêllay m Berber
Means "pendant" in Amazigh.
Azelle f French (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Possibly a feminization of Azel.
Azenkwed m Berber
Means "male gazelle" in Amazigh.
Azenzêr m Berber
Means "sunshine" in Tamazight.
Azibo m Nigerian
Azibo means “youth” in Nigerian. It also means “Earth” in Egyptian.
Azille f Afrikaans
Variant of Azelle.
Azindoo m Dagbani
"Friday male Born"
Azizi m Swahili (Modern)
Means "The mighty one; powerful, beloved" Also has some arabic and egyptian origin, and tanzanian.... [more]
Azland f African, English (American, Rare)
As an African name it means "powerful". As an English name, it is an alternate spelling of Azlan which is a variant of Aslan, a Turkish name meaning "lion"... [more]
Azmar m Berber
Meaning unknown.
Azmera f Amharic
Means "harvest, crop" in Amharic.
Azrur m Berber
Means "handsome" in Tamazight.
Azu m Igbo
Means "fish" in Igbo.
Azubike m Igbo
Variant of Azubuike.
Azuka m Igbo
Means "the past is greater" or "my back is greater" in Igbo.
Azumi f Hausa
Means "month of fasting" in Hausa, traditionally given to girls born during Ramadan.
Azuz m Berber
Meaning unknown.
Azwianewi m & f Venda
Means "something that cannot be told" in Tshivenda.
Azwihangwisi m & f Venda
Means "unforgettable" in Tshivenda.
Baaitse m & f Tswana
Means "they know" in Tswana.
Baakantse f Tswana
Means "they thought" in Tswana.
Baakanyang m & f Tswana
Means "mend, repair" in Tswana.
Babacar m Western African
Form of Abu Bakr used in parts of western Africa.
Babatope m & f Yoruba
A responsible father.
Babiker m Northern African, Arabic
Sudanese name possibly derived from the given name Bakr or from Arabic بَكَرَ (bakara) meaning "first born" or "to be early, to rise early".
Baboucarr m Wolof, Western African
Variant of Boubacar in many Western African languages.
Babsie f South African
Short and familiar form of Barbara.
Babusi m Tswana
Means "leaders" in Setswana.
Bada m Yoruba
Possibly from Yoruba meaning "togerher with" and meaning "mix". It is likely a short form of another name.
Bade m Nigerian
The use of the name in Nigeria is likely due to the Bade Emirate, a traditional state in Yobe State, Nigeria, the home of the Bade people.
Badiambila m & f Luba
Means "let them speak among themselves" in Luba-Kasai.
Badigwala m & f Kassena
Means "they have defeated the slave raider" in Kasem.
Badinabi f Central African, Luba
Means "they have riches" in Luba-Kasai.
Badis m Berber (Rare)
The meaning of this name is unknown but several kings had this name.
Badra m & f Western African, Arabic
Possibly a variant of Badr.
Badumedi f Tswana
Means "believe" in Setswana.
Badúwaa f Akan
Means "tenth born" in Akan.
Bafana m Zulu
Derived from Zulu abafana, the plural form of umfana, meaning "boy, young man."
Bafiske f Tumbuka
Means "let them do as they please" in Tumbuka.
Bahaar f African
An African girl's name derived from "Bahar", meaning "Spring"
Bahari f & m Swahili
Means "sea" or "ocean" in Swahili.
Bahelwang m & f Tswana
Means "why give them?" in Setswana.
Bahru m Amharic
Means "the sea" in Amharic.
Bahta m Tigrinya
Meaning unknown.
Baitshephi m & f Tswana
Means "the just" or "the saints" in Setswana.
Baitumetse m Tswana
Means "they are happy" in Setswana.
Bajikijayi m & f Central African, Luba-Kasai
Means "finish" or "destroy them" in Luba-Kasai.
Bakaffa m Eastern African
Bakaffa (throne name Asma Sagad, later Masih Sagad Ge'ez መሲህ ሰገድ, "to whom the anointed bows") was nəgusä nägäst (May 18, 1721 – September 19, 1730) of Ethiopia, and a member of the Solomonic dynasty... [more]
Bakang m & f Tswana
Means "praise" in Tswana.
Bakery m Western African
Meaning unknown.... [more]
Bakhta f African, Arabic, Berber
Means "starry" in Berber.
Baleba f Luba
Means "they have birthed" in Luba-Kasai, one of the Luba languages.
Balijekwao f Tumbuka
Means "they have no home" in Tumbuka.
Balima f & m Dagbani
Means "persuasion" in Dagbani.
Balkissa f Western African
Form of Bilqis used in West Africa.
Baloua m Berber
Meaning unknown.
Banbangtaba m & f Dagbani
Means "those who know each other" in Dagbani.
Banele m Ndebele
Means "boys are enough" in Ndebele.
Banga m Shona
Means "knife" or "sword" in Shona. Banga is the name of a Ngbandi god of water.
Bangbebu m & f Dagbani
Means "be careful" in Dagbani.
Bangda m & f Dagbani
Means "knowledgeable person" in Dagbani.
Bangsim m & f Dagbani
"Knowledge" denoting "Intelligence"
Banjaw m Amharic
Means "by his side" in Amharic.
Bankatametse f Tswana
Means "they are close to me" in Setswana.
Bankole m Western African, Yoruba
Means "build my house for me" in Yoruba.
Banyatsang f Tswana
Means "why do they doubt?" in Setswana.
Bapaki m Tswana
Means "those who give testimony" in Setswana.
Baragsen m Tuareg
From the Tuareg abarag meaning "pride".
Baraki m Amharic
Means "one who blesses" in Amharic.
Baridakara f & m Ogoni
Means "God answers prayer(s)" in Khana.
Baridilo m & f Ogoni
God is with me
Barikpoa m Ogoni
Means "God save" in Khana.
Bariledum m Ogoni (Modern)
Means "God is alive" in Khana.
Barinedum m & f Ogoni
Khana, Gokana, Ogani: "God give life".
Barisua f & m Ogoni
Means "God knows" in Khana.
Barre m Somali
A name that comes from the Somali word bare which means "teacher." Barre was the last name (meaning the first name of the grandfather of) Mohamed Siad Barre (Somali spelling: Maxamed Siyaad Barre). Siad Barre was the military ruler and president of Somali from 1969 until 1991.
Bartho m Dutch, Afrikaans
Short form of Bartholomeus. Notable bearers of this name include the Dutch actor Bartho Braat (b. 1950) and the South African writer Bartho Smit (1924-1986).
Baruk m Ethiopian
Variant of Biruk.
Barulaganye f Tswana
Means "they are in order" in Setswana.
Baruti m Tswana
Means "teacher" in Tswana.
Barwaaqo f Somali
Means "prosperity" in Somali.
Basadibotlhe f Tswana
Means "all women" in Setswana.
Basambilu f Tsonga
From the Xitsonga basa meaning "clean, white, pure" and mbilu meaning "heart".
Basani f Tsonga
Means "be clean, be white" in Xitsonga.
Baseleyos m Amharic
Amharic form of Basileus.
Basetsana f Sotho
Means "ladies" in Sotho.
Basetsanabotlhe f Tswana
Means "all girls" in Setswana.
Bashiir m Somali
Somali form of Bashir.
Basi m Berber
Meaning unknown.
Basireletsi m Tswana
Means "our protector" in Setswana.
Bassey m & f African
(Efik and Ibibio) origin meaning little god
Batanai m Shona
Means "be united" in Shona.
Batandwa m & f African
Batandwa was a used name reffering to followers in Christianity.
Bathusi m & f Tswana
Means "helpers" in Setswana.
Batifeori m Yoruba (Rare)
Means "how we want it to be" in Yoruba.
Batshegi f Tswana
Means "those who laugh" in Setswana.
Batsirai f Shona
Means "help" in Shona.
Batuulo f Somali
Somali form of Batul.
Baxsan f Somali
Means "escape" in Somali.
Baya f Kabyle
Kabyle name of unknown meaning.
Bayenkhu f Tumbuka
Means "where will they go?" in Tumbuka.
Beauty f English, Popular Culture, South African
From the English word "beauty", ultimately derived from Latin bellus, "beautiful". See also Belle and Bella.
Bebebomobo f & m Ijaw
Means "interpreter" in Ijaw.
Bedalu m Amharic
Means "by His victory" in Amharic.
Bediako m Akan
Means "came to engage in wars" in Akan.
Beduna m Nigerian, Ngas
The name BEDUNA is from plateau state Nigeria which means "is it bad?" It's a question name, when someone utter a word that is not good and didn't come to pass then you can ask him BEDUNA "is it bad?"
Beemoni m Dagbani
Founder of Gushegu and Karaga. Name of one of the sons of Naa Gbewaa.
Befeqadu m Amharic
Means "by His will" in Amharic.
Behati f Afrikaans
Possibly an Afrikaans variant of Beata. It is the name of Namibian fashion model Behati Prinsloo (b. 1989).
Bejide m Yoruba
Means "(one that) come(s) with rain" in Yoruba.
Beke m & f Ijaw, Ogoni
Means "America" or "American" in Khana and "English" in Ijaw.
Bekeara f Ijaw
Means "Englishwoman" in Ijaw.
Bekebeke f Zulu
Means "glittering" in Zulu.
Bekele m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "he germinated, he grew, he flourished" in Amharic.
Bekelech f Amharic
Means "she flourished" in Amharic.
Bekes f Ijaw
Short form of Bekeara.
Bekezela f Ndebele
Means "be patient" in Ndebele.
Bekoe m Akan
Means "war time" in Akan, typically used for a child born in war.
Bekunda m African
It is used by the people of the switzerlan of uganda.... [more]
Bekure m Ge'ez
Means "first born" in Ge'ez.
Belayneh m Eastern African, Amharic
It is an Amharic expression, which means "the new child is above all others". From the Amharic elements በላይ (belay) meaning "above" and ነህ (Neh) means "you".... [more]
Belendia m Amharic
Means "say it out loud" or "do it right" in Amharic.
Beleuzi f & m Ijaw
Means "first born" in Ijaw.
Beliyu-work f Amharic
Means "especially gold" in Amharic.
Bendo f African
This means is from a Liberian dialect. It means beautiful...
Beninye f & m Dagbani
Means "stay and witness" in Dagbani.
Benkos m Central African
Benkos Biohó (late 16th century — 1621), also known as Domingo Biohó, was said to have been born in either the Democratic Republic of Congo or Angola, where he was seized by the Portuguese Pedro Gomez Reynel, the dealer, sold to businessman Juan Palacios, and later, after transportation to what is now Colombia in South America, sold again to the Spaniard Alonso del Campo in 1596, in Cartagena de Indias... [more]
Benmet m Amharic
Means "in confidence, with trust" in Amharic.
Beredugo f & m Ijaw
Means "judgement" in Ijaw.
Bereket m & f Eastern African, Amharic
Means "blessing, abundance, profusion" in Amharic.
Bereketab m Ge'ez
Means "blessing of the Father" in Ge'ez.
Beritda m Ngas
BERITDA in Ngas language of plateau state means."""it turns out to be good?... [more]
Berlina f Indonesian, South African, Filipino, Dutch (Rare)
Clearly feminine form of Berlin or a simplified form of Berlinda.
Berna f Hungarian, German (Bessarabian), Dutch (Rare), Flemish (Rare), Afrikaans
Short form of Bernadett and Bernadetta as well as a Dutch and Afrikaans short form of names beginning with the element Bern-.
Beru f Bariba
Name traditionally given to the sixth born daughter.
Beruk m Ethiopian
Variant of Biruk.
Beselot f Amharic
Means "gained through prayer" in Amharic.
Beshi m Amharic
Means "by thousands" in Amharic.
Beshte m Popular Culture, Swahili
Means "buddy" in Swahili.
Betabasi m & f Ibibio
Means "wait for god" in Ibibio.
Betami f Amharic
Means "lovely" in Amharic.
Betang m & f Kenyang
Derived from bɛtaŋ meaning "power" in Kenyang.
Beteck m & f Kenyang
From bɛtɨk meaning "work" in Kenyang.
Betelihem f Ethiopian
It is a Christian name derived from Bethlehem.
Bethlehem f & m Judeo-Christian-Islamic Legend, English (American, Rare), Biblical, Ethiopian (Rare), English (British)
From the two Hebrew words bayta "house" and lachem "bread". Bethlehem is the name of a Palestinian city. In the Bible, it is the place where Jesus was born.
Beydaan f Somali
Somali feminine name taken directly from the ordinary vocabulary word for "almond", which is perhaps ultimately from Persian بادام (bâdâm) "almond".
Beyene m Amharic
Means "he decreed" in Amharic.
Beza f & m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "payment, redemption" in Amharic.
Bezawit f Amharic
Means "saviour" in Amharic.
Bhekani m Zulu, Ndebele
Means "look" in Zulu and Ndebele.
Bheki m Zulu
"The person that's broadminded, able to think further about future needs and wants".
Bhekisisa f Zulu
Means "to be careful, cautious" in Zulu.
Bhekithemba f Zulu
Means "look for hope" in Zulu.
Bhekizifundiswa m Zulu
Means "watch the educated ones" in Zulu.
Bhekizizwe m Zulu
Means "look after the nations" in Zulu.
Bhekumbuso m Zulu (Rare)
Means "look after the kingdom", from Zulu bheka "look after" and umbuso "kingdom, dominion".
Bi m Nigerian
Bura short form of Bitrus.
Bibinidei f Ijaw
Means "I have believed or accepted" in Ijaw.
Biboye f Ijaw
Means "destiny" in Ijaw.
Bidemi m & f Yoruba
Means "born awaiting me" in Yoruba.
Biebele f & m Ijaw
Means "joyful" in Ijaw.
Bigaŋ m & f Dagbani
"Not discriminated" denoting "I will not discriminate"
Bilen f Amharic
Means "iris" in Amharic.
Bilen f Tigrinya
Means "beautiful" in Tigrinya.
Bimpẹ f Yoruba
Means "one who is gorgeous and beautiful" in Yoruba.
Bimpɛ f Yoruba
Beninese variant of Bimpẹ.