African Submitted Names

African names are used on the continent of Africa, covering a wide number of languages. See also about African names.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Chenzira m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "born on a journey" in Shona.
Chepkirui f Kalenjin
Means "one who was born while people slept” in Kalenjin.
Cheri f Amharic
Means "graceful" in Amharic.
Chérif m Western African, Arabic (Maghrebi)
Form of Sharif used in North Africa and parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Chernet m Amharic
Means "charity" in Amharic.
Cheru m Amharic
Means "the benign one, the charitable one" in Amharic.
Cheslin m South African
Transferred use of the surname Cheslin.
Chetanna m & f Igbo
Means "remember the father" in Igbo.
Cheusi m Swahili
Means "black" in Swahili.
Cheyeza m & f Tsonga
Means "bright" in Xitsonga.
Chezelle f Afrikaans, French
South African name, probably derived from the French, it might be from a place name in France, derived from the Occitan, meaning "hill". Or accordingly to another theory it may mean "house of her".
Chiazam f & m Igbo
Means "God answered me" in Igbo.
Chiazo m & f Igbo
Means "God saves" in Igbo.
Chibinkhe m Tumbuka
Means "the dark (coloured) one" in Tumbuka.
Chibuifem m & f Igbo (Latinized, Rare)
Means "God is my light" in Igbo.
Chibuzor f & m Igbo
Means "God is the way" in Igbo.
Chibvwimbo m Tumbuka
Means "bird's nest" in Tumbuka, with implications of working hard or providing shelter and comfort.
Chibwe m Southern African
"A big rock or stone." Opposite name: Kabwe
Chidee m Igbo
From the word “chidi” which means “god exists”.
Chidera m Igbo
Means "God is here" in Igbo.
Chidili m Igbo
Means "God be with me" in Igbo.
Chidiomimi m Igbo
"God is Mysterious"... [more]
Chidirim f & m Igbo
Means "God is With me" in Igbo.
Chido f Shona
Means "wish, desire; love" in Shona.
Chidochashe f Shona
"God'will" / "God's desire"
Chidochemoyo f Shona
Meaning "the desire of the heart", shorter forms of the name include Chido meaning "desire", Chemoyo meaning "of the heart", or simply Moyo meaning "heart".
Chiedozie m Igbo
Means "God will repair" in Igbo.
Chiedza f African
Meaning Light/Dawn... [more]
Chiejina m & f Igbo
Means "let the night not come" in Igbo.
Chiekwe m & f Igbo
Means "Chi 2 has allowed it" in Igbo.
Chiemeela m Igbo
This is a name that is given among the Igbos usually it has a celebratory undertone to it. It is formed by joining two words "CHI-EMEELA" - "God thank you" Chi-God and Emeela-thank you/well done Usually it is given to baby boys when the parents are satisfied or do not wish to have more children, especially if the gender of the child was sought after.
Chigbata m Nigerian
Igbo man and he is from Anambra state,Nigeria
Chigenda m Kaguru
Means "let us go" in Chikaguru.
Chikairanyelu f Igbo
Means "We’ve committed it to God" / "In God’s hands" in Igbo.
Chikamara m & f Igbo
Means "God knows best" or "God is wisdom" in Igbo.
Chikanma f & m Igbo
Means "God is the best" in Igbo.
Chikatizyo f Nsenga
Means "helper" in Nsenga.
Chikhulupiliro m & f African
Chichewa, means faith.
Chikodinaka f African, Igbo
Means "in God's hands" in Igbo.
Chikomborero f & m African
Means"Blessings. comes from Zimbabwe
Chikomera m & f Chewa
Means "goodwill, compassion" in Chewa.
Chikwendu m Igbo, African
Means "God agrees to life", taken from the Igbo phrase o buru na chukwu kwe ndu ga-adi "if god agrees there will be life".
Chilongola m Kaguru
Means "first" in Chikaguru.
Chilufya m & f Bemba
Means "the one who is lost" in Bemba.
Chimaijem f Igbo
Means “god has provided for me” in Igbo.
Chimamanda f Igbo
Means "my God will not fail me" in Igbo. A famous bearer is Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Chimango m Chewa
Means "builder" in Chewa.
Chimdindu m Igbo
Means "my God is alive" in Igbo.
Chimere m Igbo
Said to be an Igbo (Nigerian) name meaning "God's deed", in part from chi "god, spiritual being".
Chimika f & m Tumbuka
After miscarriage(s), family would use traditional medicine (herbs, roots, barks) to prevent a potential next miscarriage. Kumika means "to stop, halt, prevent". Chimika is what you use to stop, prevent, halt... [more]
Chimola m Kaguru
Means "seizer, breaker of things" in Chikaguru.
Chimurenga m Shona
Chimurenga is a Shona word roughly translated to English as, "revolutionary struggle". The Shona language is spoken by the Shona people of Zimbabwe. This word is sometimes used as a given name.
Chinangunga m & f African
Variety of vernacular language among people living along lake Nyasa in Tanzania.
Chinasaokwu m Igbo
Means "God is my advocate" in Igbo.
Chincia f Igbo
Variant of Chinasa.
Chinelo m Igbo
Means "the thoughts of God" in Igbo.
Chinemere m & f Igbo
Means "God is doing" in Igbo.
Chineto f & m Igbo
"God praises" "God uplifts" "God glorifies" "God gives talent"
Chinomnsọ m & f Igbo
Translated to God is near
Chinoza m African
Zezuru name for one who knows much but says less
Chinua m African, Nigerian, Igbo
meaning: god's own blessing... [more]
Chinualumogu m Igbo
Means "may God fight on my behalf" in Igbo. This was the full birth name of Chinua Achebe (1930-2013), a Nigerian writer.
Chinue f African
Means "God's blessing".
Chinwemmeri f & m Igbo
Chinwe is a short form of a variety such as Chinwendu, Chinweizu, Chinwemmeri and others. Chinwe in itself means "God's own." Chinwemmeri means "God's own victory." These names are synonymous with the Igbo ethnic group from the south eastern Nigeria.
Chinwendum m & f Igbo (Modern, Rare)
Means "I am consecrated to God" or "I am owned by God" in Igbo.
Chionye m Igbo
Means "God will give to him what he prays for" in Igbo.
Chipochashe f Shona
Meaning “gift of God”, the most common shorter form of this name is Chipo.
Chipocherudo f Shona
Meaning "gift of the love", this name corresponds with the name Nduma. Shorter forms of this given name include Chipo meaning "gift", Cherudo meaning "of love," or simply Rudo meaning "love".
Chipovisule m & f Chewa (Dutchified, Rare)
"Chipovisule" is a name of African origin, specifically from Malawi. In Chewa, it means "God is with us" or "God is among us." It carries a sense of divine presence and protection.
Chipukizi f Swahili
Means "bud, sprout, shoot" in Swahili.
Chiratidzo f Shona
Meaning "a sign" or "a symbol.
Chishuwo m Shona
Meaning “a wish”.
Chitemo m Kaguru
Means "axe" in Chikaguru.
Chithuzi m Tumbuka
Means "shadow, picture" in Tumbuka, often given after repeated deaths in the family.
Chitundu m Chewa
Means “nation” in Chichewa.
Chivimbiso f Shona
Means "the promise" in Shona.
Chiwa f Yao
Means "death" in Yao.
Chiwetel m Igbo
Means "God brings" in Igbo.
Chiyo f Shona
Meaning "grain".
Choguel m Songhai, Western African
Meaning unknown.
Chokomera m & f Chewa
Means "compassion" in Chewa.
Chokwadi m Shona
Means "truth" in Shona.
Chosaning'oma m Tumbuka
Means "remove bad things" in Tumbuka.
Chriselda f Afrikaans, South African, Filipino
Presumably a variant of Griselda, influenced by names beginning with "Chris-", such as Christine.
Christien f Dutch, Afrikaans, Flemish
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Christine.
Chriszette f Afrikaans
Compound name of Christine and Suzette.
Chuchu m & f African
Chu meaning "Life" it can be used as both a girl or boy name. It also link to another name Chuchu or Chu-Chu meaning double life.... [more]
Chuki f & m Swahili
Means "born during a time of hatred" in Swahili.
Chukwubuikem m Igbo
Means "God is my strength" in Igbo.
Chukwucheta m Igbo
Means "let God remember" in Igbo.
Chukwudubem m & f Igbo
Means "God, lead me" in Igbo.
Chukwudumebi m & f Igbo
Means "God is living with me" in Igbo.
Chukwueneka m Igbo
Means "God has dealt kindly with" in Igbo.
Chukwufumnanya f Igbo
Combination of Chukwu and Fumnanya.
Chukwumaeze m Igbo
Means "God knows the king" in Igbo.
Chukwunenye m Igbo
Igbo name from Eastern Nigeria. It originates from the belief that children are gifts from God and means "God gives". The feminine variant is Chinenye, which also has the same meaning
Chukwunonso m African
Igbo land Eastern Nigeria - Chukwu(Almighty God) no(is) nso(near). God is near
Chukwunwike m & f Igbo
Means "God has the power" in Igbo.
Chuma m & f Bemba
Means "wealth" in Bemba.
Chunkamunk m Central African
Central African; unknown origin.
Chyà m Central African
A Kom name.
Chydee m Igbo
Variant of Chidee.
Cigaal m Somali
Means "turban" in Somali.
Ciise m Somali
Somali form of Isa 2.
Cilmi m Somali
A name that derives from the word cilmi which means "knowledge" or "learning."
Ciokaraine f Eastern African
A famous bearer of the name was the Kenyan Meru human rights activist and female diviner Ciokaraine from Igembe, Kenya. She was a fierce supporter of women's rights and is known for having offered up her son's life in order to prevent a famine during the Mau Mau Uprising.
Clementiane f Central African, Southern African
It is a variant of the name Clementine, corresponding with Clementine's other variants.
Coenie m Afrikaans
Diminutive of Coenraad. This name is borne by South African rugby player Coenie Oosthuizen (1989-) and South African musician Coenie de Villiers (1956-).
Collen m South African
Either a variant of Colin 2 or a transferred use of the surname Collen.
Confidence f English (Puritan), South African
Meaning, "the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust." From late Middle English, from Latin confidentia, from confidere ‘have full trust.' Referring to the confidence one may have in God.
Consensus m Western African
From the french word consensus "consens".
Constand m Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Constant.
Corlia f Afrikaans
Contracted form of Cornelia.
Coumba f Western African, Fula
Means "the one who has the strength" in Fula.
Criske f Afrikaans
Merging of the names Christen and Marike.
Cumar m Somali
Somali form of Omar 1.
Daahir m Somali
Variant of Dahir.
Daa'uud m Somali
Somali transcription of داود (see Daud).
Dadirai f Shona
Means "show off" in Shona.
Dagim m Oromo
Means 'again' or 'the second (junior)' in Oromiffa.
Dagm m Amharic
It's from Amharic language and Geez which is ancient ethiopian language which is dated 3000 years with Hebrew origins, it means Twice or repeated . Usually given when you look like your parents
Dagmawit f Eastern African, Amharic
Means "again, the second" in Amharic.
Dagne f Amharic
Dagne means "judge" and is of Amharic origin.
Dahama m & f Dagbani
Means "riches" in Dagbani.
Dahir m Somali
Somali form of Tahir.
Dai m Swahili
Means "demand" in Swahili.
Dakalo m & f Venda
Means "happiness" in Tshivenda.
Dakari m African
Variant of Dakarai.
Dalanda f Western African, African American
Means "creative" in Fulani.
Dalili f Swahili (Rare)
Means "omen, symbol" in Swahili.
Daliri f & m Dagbani
Means "good fortune" in Dagbani.
Daliso m Chewa
A variant of Dalitso. ... [more]
Damamli f Eastern African
beautiful vision
Dambisa f Southern African
A Zambian feminine name borne by the economist Dambisa Felicia Moyo.
Dambuzgho f Tumbuka
Means "troublesome" in Tumbuka, often given to babies whose mothers were unwell during pregnancy.
Dami m & f Igbo, Yoruba
Short form of Damilola.
Damilare m Yoruba
Yoruba... [more]
Damilola m & f Yoruba
Means "God makes me wealthy" in Yoruba.
Dammenech f Amharic
Means "she was cloudy" in Amharic.
Damya f Berber, Northern African, History
Tamazight feminine given name, an alternative possible given name of the Berber warrior-queen and leader Kahina.
Dananai m & f Shona
Means "love each other" in Shona.
Danat m Ge'ez
Coptic Christian (Ge'ez) word for the piercing on Jesus' left palm.
Danata f Ge'ez
Feminine form of Danat.
Dančile f Sidamo
Means "fine" in Sidama.
Dandauda m Hausa
Is the name given to Sulaiman
Dané f Afrikaans
Variant of Danaë.
Dangana m & f Dagbani
Means "confidence" or "trust in the goodness of God" in Dagbani.
Daniachew m Amharic
Means "arbitrate between them" or "you be the judge" in Amharic.
Daniat f Tigrinya
Means "judge" in Tigrinya.
Danie m Afrikaans
Diminutive of Daniël.
Danismo m Southern African
The meaning of Danismo is "Jubilant and Content with one's life and experiences." Commonly used to describe someone who has had good fortune recently.
Daniwa f Shona
Meaning "be called".
Ɗantala m Hausa
From the Hausa ɗan meaning “son of” and Tàlātā̀ meaning “Tuesday”.
Daouda m Western African
Form of Dawud used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Daraar-tu f Sidamo
Means "she blossomed" in Sidama.
Daraima m Efik
Means "celebrate love" in Efik.
Daramfon m & f Ibibio
Means "rejoice at grace" in Ibibio.
Darasimi m & f Nigerian
the name come from Nigeria and it can be use for any gender and it mean god love you
Dativa f Late Roman, History (Ecclesiastical), Eastern African, Portuguese (Rare), Spanish (Rare), Filipino (Rare)
Feminine form of Dativus. This was the name of a 5th-century Christian martyr from North Africa. It is mostly used in Eastern Africa (mainly in Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda).
Dative f French (African), Eastern African
French form of Dativa, mostly used in Rwanda.
Daubode m Ijaw
Means "father has returned" in Ijaw.
Dauda m Hausa
Hausa form of David.
Daudi m Swahili
Daudi is an altered form of Daud, an Arabic name, which also is an altered form of the Hebrew name David, which means "beloved" or "uncle."
Daulayefa m Ijaw
Means "nothing can be compared to a father" in Ijaw.
Daven m African, Tamil
Pronunciation: Dayven (pronounced as in "Dave" with an n)... [more]
Davincia f Southern African
Peace and love
Dawie m Afrikaans
Diminutive of Dawid.
Dayax m & f Somali
Means "moon" in Somali.
Dayot m Western African
Diminutive of Dayotchanculle, notably borne by the French soccer player Dayot Upamecano (1998-).
Dayotchanculle m Western African
Meaning as of yet unknown. This is the full first name of the French soccer player Dayot Upamecano (b. 1998), who is of Bissau-Guinean descent. He was named after his great-grandfather, who was the leader of a village on the island of Jeta in Guinea-Bissau.
Ddunit f Kabyle
Kabyle form of Dunya.
Debre-work f Ge'ez
Means "mountain of gold" in Ge'ez.
Dede f Dagbani
Means "straight, rightly" in Dagbani.
Deeriq m African American, English (African), Western African
Elaboration of Eric using popular prefex De-.
Defere m Amharic
Means "he is brave" in Amharic.
Deginet m Amharic
Means "goodness" in Amharic.
Degmo f Somali
Means "district" in Somali.
Deji m & f Nigerian
Transferred use of the surname Deji.
Deji m Yoruba
Diminutive of Ayodeji.
Deka f & m African
An African name of unknown origin, this unisex baby name means "pleasing".
Dekontee f & m Western African
Translates to the following: In God's Time or Time will tell or Patience.
Dela f Zulu (Rare)
Dela. in Zulu it means to become whole, to feel complete and satisfied.
Dele m Nigerian
An uncommonly used name from the West African country of Nigeria. This name is commonly pronounced as 'Deli' but this is not the real way on how to pronounce this name.
Delnesahu m Amharic
Means "I defeated" in Amharic.
Dembe m & f Eastern African
Meaning "peaceful", origin is Ugandan.
Dembo m Mende
Means "warrior" in Mende.
Demekai m Nigerian (Rare)
Transferred use of the surname Demekai.
Demeteriya f Eastern African
Of unknown origin and meaning. ... [more]
Demilade f & m Western African, Igbo, Yoruba
Means "God has crowned me with joy" in Yoruba.
Demissie m Amharic
Means "destroyer" in Amharic.
Deneke m Amharic
Means "he is marvellous" in Amharic.
Deobia m Nigerian
Short form of Oladeobia.
Dereje m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "to develop, to organise" in Amharic.
Deresse m Ethiopian, Amharic
Ethiopian name of unknown meaning.
Derifagha f & m Ijaw
Means "laughter can never end" in Ijaw.
Derreon f & m Central African
Means “Strong in material matters”
Desita f Amharic
Means "joy, happiness" in Amharic.
Dewald m Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Dietbald.
Dezy m Edo (Modern)
''You cant block God's path or you can not block ones destiny; diminutive of Aigbodezzy''
Dia f African, Mbama
Means "love" in Lembaama.
Dialika f Western African
Of unknown origin and meaning.... [more]
Diambu m Central African
Means "quiet warrior".
Diaraye f Western African
Western African form of Zahra.
Diarra m African
Diba f Luba
Means "sun" in Tshiluba language spoken in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Dideoluwakusidede f Yoruba
Means "the coming of the lord is at hand" in Yoruba.
Didimalang f Tswana
Means "be quiet" in Setswana.
Didiza f Zulu
Means "flutter" in Zulu.
Diébédo m Western African
The given name of the architect and Pritzker pize winner Diébédo Francis Kéré from Burkina Faso.
Diekololaoluwa f Yoruba
Means "god's blessing is not small" in Yoruba.
Diekololaoluwalayemi f Yoruba
Means "the wealth of god in my life cannot be measured" in Yoruba.
Dijesumu m & f Yoruba (Rare)
Dijesumu means hold Jesus the name was translated from yoruba gods name to Christian which is Dorisamu, hold Orumila
Diji m Igbo
Means "a farmer" in Igbo.
Dikamellesh f Amharic
Means "you have no weakness" in Amharic.
Dikaya m & f Manjak
Means "is going nowhere" in Manjak. This name is given to protect the child from an early death.
Dikeleditsame f Tswana
Means "my tears" in Setswana.
Dikeletso f Tswana
Means "wishes" in Setswana.
Dikembe m Central African
From Dikembe Mutombo (born June 25, 1966) a Congolese American retired professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Outside basketball, he has become known for his humanitarian work.
Dikgakgamatso m & f Tswana
Means "miracles" in Setswana.
Diksa m & f African
Dilivio m Afrikaans (Rare), Dutch (Surinamese, Rare)
Since this name is also found written as Di Livio, it is probably a combination of the Italian preposition di meaning "of" with the given name Livio... [more]
Dimakatso f Tswana
Means "surprises" in Setswana.
Dimien m & f Ijaw
Means "God's work" or "the hand of God" in Ijaw.
Dindi m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "grave" in Tumbuka, given after the deaths of previous siblings in infancy.
Dineo f Sotho
Means "gifts" or "talents" in Sotho.
Dineo f Tswana
Dinini m Ijaw
Meaning "mercy" or "pardon" in Ijaw.
Dinkinesh f Amharic
Means "you are a marvel" in Amharic.
Dinknesh f Amharic
Means "you are marvelous; the wondrous one" in Amharic.... [more]
Dinkyene m & f Akan
Derived from di meaning "eat" and nkyene meaning "salt". In Akan culture, the idea of 'eating salt' symbolises being alive, and this name acts as a mean of encouraging the child to live.
Dinnani m & f Dagbani
Means "it is possible" in Dagbani.
Dinobi f & m Igbo
Means "Beloved" relate to Nwadinobi
Dintoli m & f Dagbani
It means own
Diop m Western African
Senegalese name