Central African names
include those from Angola, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equitorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of the Congo. See also about African names
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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.
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]
BOTE m Kongo
The first given name of the German footballer Ridle Baku.
BUSINE f Punu
Means "wealth, richness, well-being" in Punu.
DIBA f Luba
Means "sun" in Tshiluba language spoken in Democratic Republic of Congo.
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.
KABANGA m Luba
Means "the second-born or youngest twin" in Luba.
KAMANYI m & f Lunda
Means "prosperity from hard work" in Lunda.
KATUMA m Luba
Luba masculine name traditionally given to the last-born of triplets, from kàtùmà
, of which the tùmà
means "to send". Superstition suggests that third-born children with this name, because of their name, should not be sent on errands or deliveries.
KEMBO m Kongo
Kembo means heaven...It is often used for the masculine gender.
KENGANI m Kongo
Kengani is an African language, that belongs to Bantu people, designated from Congo kingdom in area that now is called Angola(Uige province).Which is used for Kings, liders, Boss, or heroes.... [more]
KIMPA-VITA f Kongo
The name of a congolese prophetess and religious leader who lived at the end of the 17th century.
LOMANA m Central African
Trésor Lomana LuaLua (/ˈtrɛzɔr ləˈmɑːnə luːˌɑːluːˈɑː/; born 28 December 1980) is a Congolese footballer who plays for Turkish Süper Lig club Akhisar Belediyespor and the Congo DR national team.
LUWI m & f Lunda
Means "mercy, kindness" in Lunda.
MAKANA m Kongo
The first given name of the German football player Makana Baku.
MAYANGI m & f Kongo (Modern)
Mayangi means joy or happiness in the language of Kikongo. The name is often given to baby boys, however, it has occurred that some girls also wear this name. ... [more]
MBUYI m Luba
Masculine Luba name meaning "the firstborn of twins", from the word mbùùyì
MOBUTU m Central African
Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za BangaA
(/məˈbuːtuː ˈsɛseɪ ˈsɛkoʊ/; born Joseph-Desiré Mobutu; 14 October 1930 – 7 September 1997) was the military dictator and President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (which Mobutu renamed Zaire in 1971) from 1965 to 1997... [more]
MOHOMBI m Central African
From Mohombi Nzasi Moupondo, known professionally as Mohombi, a Swedish-Congolese singer-songwriter and dancer.
NDOMBOLO f Kongo
It is the name of a Congolese music genre and dance style derived from the Congolese Rumba
and Kwassa Kwassa
NORDI m Central African
The given name of the French (with Congolese descendency) professional football player Nordi Mukiele.
NSAMBANZARY m Kimbundu, Central African
Nsambanzary means strength, power. From Kimbundu the second-most-widely spoken Bantu language in Angola. It is concentrated in the north-west of the country including the Luanda Province, the Bengo Province, the Malange Province, and the Kwanza Norte Province.
NSIMBA m & f Congolese, Kongo, Ngombe, Mboma
Means "first-born twin" in Kongo and other Congolese languages. It is referred to the first-born child in a set of twins.
NSUKA f Kongo
The name is given to the last born or the youngest child.... [more]
NZUZI m & f Kongo
Means "second born twin" in Kikongo.
ROMELU m Central African (Modern, Rare)
This name is best known for being the name of the Belgian professional soccer player Romelu Lukaku (b. 1993), who is the eldest son of the Congolese professional soccer player Roger Menama Lukaku (b... [more]
TCHAM m Central African
From Tcham N'Toya-Zoa (born 3 November 1983 in Kinshasa, DR Congo),a French-Congolese footballer.
TSHALA f Luba
Meaning unknown. It comes from the Tshiluba language, spoken in DR Congo.
TSHELA m & f Central African
Western Luba unisex name derived from the phrase cyela makàsà
meaning "enfant born feet first".
YESA f & m Punu
Means "chance, luck" in Punu.