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.
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.
Bašankʼ-a m Sidamo
Means "sorghum" in Sidama.
Bašankʼe f Sidamo
Feminine form of Bašankʼ-a.
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
Batamoyo m Shona
It means to “hold or touch the heart”.
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.
Batii f Oromo
Oromo name meaning "moon."
Batirai m Shona
Means “you must persevere” in Shona.
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.
Bekelech f Amharic
Means "she flourished" in Amharic.
Bekes f Ijaw
Short form of Bekeara.
Bekezela f Ndebele
Means "be patient" in Ndebele.
Bekhta f Berber
Variant of Bakhta. Bekhta Rabah-Mazari is a well-known bearer.
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, Manding, Afro-American (Slavery-era)
Benkos Biohó (died 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 slaver Pedro Gomez Reynel, 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.
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-.
Bersabeh f Armenian, Amharic
Armenian and Amharic form of Bathsheba.
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.
Betelhem f Ethiopian, Amharic
Amharic form of Bethlehem.
Bethlehem f Ethiopian, English (Rare)
From a biblical place name, the city where Jesus was born (see Bethlehem).
Betserai f Shona
Meaning "help, aid, or give assistance", another form of the name is Etserai or Batsirai.
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".
Bhumi m & f Shona
It means "wolf".
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.
Bilihi m Amharic
Means “wise” in Amharic.
Bimpẹ f Yoruba
Means "one who is gorgeous and beautiful" in Yoruba.
Bimpɛ f Yoruba
Beninese variant of Bimpẹ.
Bineti f & m Dagbani
Means "they have enlightened us" in Dagbani.
Binta f Hausa
From the Arabic بِنْت‎ (bint) meaning "daughter".
Bintou f Western African
From Arabic بِنْت (bint) meaning "daughter, girl".
Biodun m & f Yoruba
Means "born during a festival" in Yoruba.
Birabiro f Amharic
Means "butterfly" in Amharic.
Biria f Shona
Means "gathering" in Shona.
Biritu m Amharic
Means "brave" in Amharic.
Birru m Amharic
Means "the silver" in Amharic.
Biruk m Ethiopian, African
Transferred use of the surname Biruk, after the footballer Shai Biruk.
Biruktawit f Amharic
Originated from the Bible which means 'blessed' and is of Amharic origin
Bisi m & f Yoruba
Short form of names containing bisi, such as Adebisi.
Bismack m Central African, English (African)
Possibly a variant of Bismarck. This is borne by Congolese basketball player Bismack Biyombo (1992-).
Blessed f & m English (Puritan), African
From the English word "blessed" meaning "having divine aid, or protection, or other blessing; held in veneration; revered", ultimately from Old English blētsian, blēdsian "to consecrate (with blood)".
Bmidɛlɛ f Yoruba
Beninese variant of Bmidele.
Bmidele f Yoruba
Means "follow me home" in Yoruba.
Boammaruri m Tswana
Means "truth" in Setswana.
Boatametse m Tswana
Means "His kingdom drew near" in Setswana.
Bobolayefa f Ijaw
Means "nothing can be compared to my own" in Ijaw.
Bobomiegha f Ijaw
Means "I didn't do it on my own" in Ijaw.
Boboto m & f Lingala
Means "peace" in Lingala.
Bodisere f Ijaw
Means "she likes to come to the world" in Ijaw.
Bofelo f Tswana
Means "last" in Setswana.
Bogosi m Tswana
Means "kingdom" in Setswana.
Boikaego m Tswana
Means "someone to lean on" in Setswana.
Boikanyo m & f Tswana
Means "trustworthy" in Setswana.
Boiketlo f Tswana
Means "to relax" in Setswana.
Boipuso m Tswana
Means "independance" in Tswana.
Boitshepo f Tswana
Means "holy" in Setswana.
Bokamoso m & f South African, Sotho
Means "future".
Bokang f Sotho
Means "praise" or "rejoice" in Sotho.
Bokele m Lingala
Bokele is the name of Lonkundo’s dad in Mongo mythology.
Bokidara m & f Ibibio
Means "accept with joy" in Ibibio.
Bol m & f Dinka
Means "twin" in Dinka.
Bola f Yoruba
Short form of Bolanle, meaning "wealth coming". It is composed of bo ("come, coming") plus ǫlà ("riches, wealth").
Bolade m & f Yoruba
Means "comes with wealth" in Yoruba.
Bolouikie m & f Ijaw
Means "think of the future" in Ijaw.
Boluwaji m & f Yoruba
Means "wakes up with the lord" in Yoruba.
Boluwatife f Yoruba
Means "as god wishes, one who follows the will of god" in Yoruba.
Boma m & f Swahili
Meaning "fort or enclosure". The word actually originates from Swahili and is traditionally known as an enclosure, a stockade or fort used to protect people's livestock (usually sheep and cattle).
Bomani m Yao
Means "warrior" in Yao.
Bomo f & m Ijaw
Means "praise" in Ijaw.
Bompaka m & f Kongo
Means "old age" in Kikongo
Bondeko m Lingala
Means "brotherhood" in Lingala.
Bonduwa f Lingala, African Mythology
Bonduwa was Lonkundo’s first wife in the Mongo mythology complex.
Bonga m Mbundu
Means "he who is looking" in Mbundu.
Bongai f Shona
Means "be thankful" in a Shona dialect.
Bongi f Xhosa, Southern African
Short form of Sibongile. This was borne by South African singer and songwriter Angela Sibongile "Bongi" Makeba (1950-1985), the only child of singer Miriam Makeba... [more]
Bonginkosi m Zulu
Means "thanksgiving" in Zulu.
Bonna f Bariba
Name traditionally given to the second born daughter.
Boragane f Tswana
Means "small red-billed quelea" in Setswana.
Boro m & f Luo (Archaic)
One of the progenies of the Alego clans
Boruk m Ethiopian
Variant of Biruk.
Bote m Kongo
The first given name of the German footballer Ridle Baku.
Botshelo m Tswana
Means "life" in Setswana.
Bótwe m & f Akan
Means "eighth born" in Akan.
Boukazi m & f Ijaw
Means "a child born in a bush" in Ijaw.
Bozoma f Western African
From Ghana.
Brahima m Western African
Form of Ibrahim used in parts of western Africa.
Bron m English (Rare), South African (Rare)
Transferred use of the surname Bron. Otherwise, it could be a short form of LeBron or Bronson.
Bruk m Amharic
Amharic form of Brock.
Buang f Sotho
Means "speak" or "chat" in Sesotho.
Buboupakumo f Ijaw
Means "don't grow alone" in Ijaw.
Buchule m & f Xhosa
Means "intelligence, skill" in Xhosa.
Bucumi f Rundi
Means "tenth child" in Kirundi.
Buk m & f Nuer
Bukata m & f Bemba
Means "God's glory" in Bemba.
Bukunmi m & f Yoruba
Means "add to me" in Yoruba.
Bunmi m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "(God) gave me" in Yoruba.
Burabari f & m Ogoni
Means "God's will" in Ogoni.
Burger m Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare), West Frisian (Archaic)
Dutch, Afrikaans and West Frisian form of the ancient Germanic name Burghar.... [more]
Burhaan m Somali, Arabic
Means "charisma" in Somali and "proof" in Arabic.
Buronya m & f Akan
Means "Christmas" in Akan. This may be given to children born around this time of year.
Burry m Afrikaans, Dutch (Rare)
Diminutive of masculine given names that contain the Germanic element burg meaning "fortress", such as Burghard... [more]
Busara f Swahili
Means "wisdom" in Swahili.
Busayo m & f Yoruba
Means "added joy" in Yoruba.
Buseje f Yao
Means "ask me" in Yao.
Busine f Punu
Means "wealth, richness, well-being" in Punu.
Busisiwe f Zulu
Means "blessed" in Zulu.
Busola m & f Yoruba
Means "added wealth" in Yoruba.
Butho m Ndebele
Means "soldier" in Ndebele.
Buux m Somali
Means "full" in Somali.
Buwozi m & f Ijaw
Means "a child whose feet came out first before the head during birth" in Ijaw.
Buyan f Berber
Meaning unknown.
Buyisiwe m Zulu
Means “returned” in Zulu.
Buyon f Bariba
Name traditionally given to the fourth born daughter.
Bvumai m Shona
Bvumai means "Admit". This may be a name given to say to adversary admit that you were wrong, you were defeated or that you committed the offence
Bwami m Shona
Meaning "emperor", another form of the name is Hwami.
Bwerani m Chewa
Means "come" or "come back" in Chewa.
Byamugisha m Kiga
Means "things of luck" in Rukiga.
Byénáama m Kiga
Means "things of secrets" in Rukiga.
Caa'isha f Somali (Rare)
Somali variant of Aisha.
Cabaas m Somali
Somali form of Abbas.
Cabdi m Eastern African, Somali
Somali form of Abdi.
Cabdille m Somali
Somali form of Abdullah.
Cabdullahi m Somali
Somali form of Abdullahi.
Cabh'a f Kabyle
Possibly means "beautiful" in Kabyle.
Cacile f Ndebele
Means "clear" in Ndebele.
Calvinia f South African
Feminine form of Calvin.
Cámad m Afar
Afar form of Hamad.
Canab f Somali
Means "grape" in Somali.
Carelia f Afrikaans, Spanish (Mexican), Spanish (Latin American), Danish (Archaic)
Afrikaans feminine form of Carel and Spanish and Danish variant of Karelia.
Caria f English (Rare), South African
Possibly a variant of Carrie or Cara, or from the ancient place name Caria... [more]
Carike f Afrikaans
Feminine form of Carel.
Cashile f Zulu (Rare)
Possibly derived from cashisa meaning "conceal, hide."
Caster f South African
Possibly a variant of Castor.
Caweys m Somali
Means "night" in Somali.
Cawil m Somali
A name that means "replacement." A family may give the name to a male whose father or older brother has died.
Cawo f Somali
A name that comes from the Somali word cawo which means "luck." Outside of Somalia, Somalis may spell it as Awo.
Caynaanshe m Somali
Means "cotton" in Somali.
Cebisa f & m Xhosa, Southern African
Means "to suggest, to give advice" in Xhosa.
Cecile f Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Cécile.
Čʼena m Sidamo
Means "little" in Sidama.
Cetshwayo m Zulu
Means "advised" in Zulu. This was the name of a Zulu King,
Çetulo f Bandial
Means "died coming" in Bandial. This is considered a 'death prevention' name.
Cézanne f & m English, Afrikaans
From the French artist, Paul Cézanne. This name is sometimes used as a feminine name by Afrikaners in South Africa due to its similarity to Suzanne.
Chalpang f Dagbani
Means "forgive" in Dagbani.
Chaltu f Eastern African, Oromo
Means "being the best of the best" in Oromo.
Chamirai m Shona
Means "be focused and diligent" in Shona.
Chamsia f Eastern African
Possibly a Comorian form of Shams. A notable bearer is Comorian singer Chamsia Sagaf (1955-).
Chamu m Southern African
Short form of Chamunorwa. This is the nickname of Zimbabwean cricketer Chamu Chibhabha. His real name is Chamunorwa.
Chan m Dinka
Means "male child in the first pair of twins" in Dinka.
Chanique f African American (Rare), Afrikaans
Variant of Shanique, the spelling perhaps influenced by Chanel.
Chaniya f Swahili
Means "wealthy" in Swahili.
Chapanjira f Chewa
Means "of the road, of the journey" in Chewa.
Chapansi f & m Nsenga
Child born after many miscarriages
Chapasi f & m Tumbuka
Means "earth, dirt, belongs to earth" in Tumbuka, often given after other children in the family have died.
Charl m Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Charles.
Charle m Afrikaans, Norman
Cotentinais Norman and Afrikaans form of Charles.
Chat f Nigerian
F, Bajju name from nigeria; it means, love or like
Chausiki f Swahili
Means "born at night" in Swahili.