Eastern African Submitted Names
Eastern African names
include those from Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. See also about African names
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ABERA m Ethiopian
Means "light" or "he shines". Used as both a given name and a surname.
ABOYO f Luo
Means "one who saunters" in Luo.
ABUTO f Luo
Means "I have hidden" in Luo.
ADANECH f Amharic
Means "she saved" or "she rescued" or "she has rescued them" in Amharic.
ADONGO m & f Luo
Means "second of the twins" in Luo.
AKETCH f Luo
Means "born during a famine" in Luo.
AWINO f Luo
Means "born with the cord around" in Luo.
AWUOR f Luo
Means "the greedy one" in Luo.
AYAAN f Somali
Means "lucky, fortunate" or possibly "bright" in Somali.
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]
BARKHAD m Somali
Possibly means "blessings" from Arabic بَرَكَة (baraka)
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.
BEYDAAN f Somali
Somali feminine name taken directly from the ordinary vocabulary word for "almond", which is perhaps ultimately from Persian بادام
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.
CHUKI f & m Swahili
Means "born during a time of hatred" in Swahili.
CILMI m Somali
A name that derives from the word cilmi which means "knowledge" or "learning."
DANIACHEW m Amharic
Means "arbitrate between them" or "you be the judge" in Amharic.
DIRIC m Somali
A name that comes from the Somali word diric which means "bold; fearless or daring." The name connotes courage or heroism. Outside of Somalia, a Somali person may spell the name as DIRI.
DUNIA m Swahili
Neans "world, earth," ultimately from Arabic dunyā (دُنْيَا)
meaning "world, kingdom, universe."
EJIGAYEHU f Amharic, Ethiopian
Means "I have seen a lot good/better" in Amharic. This was the name of a famous singer Ejigayehu Shibabaw, better known as Gigi.
ENKU f Amharic
This feminine name means "pearl" in Amharic.
ESTOMIHI m Eastern African, Indonesian
The name is derived from the name of the sunday 50 days before easter. The Latin words Esto mihi
are the first two words of Psalm 31:3 and mean "Thou art to me".
EYOB m Ethiopian
It is used in Ethiopia and means Job (j-obe) (from the Bible)
FAARAX m Somali
An old Somali name, not to be confused with the Arabic name Farah.
FAHMO f Somali
Means "understanding" in Somali directly from the Arabic root f-h-m
FWAYA m Luo
Originated amongst the LUO tribe in Kenya, East Africa. It is said to mean "Not serious" or "Taking things for Granted". It is also used by the Luhyas in Western province Kenya. But is common in the Nyaurang' Clan of Ugenya in Siaya County... [more]
GABRA f Ethiopian
Ethiopian girl's name, meaning "The gift of offering"
GEESI f Somali
Means "a courageous man, brave, hero" in Somali.
GUREY m Somali
A name that comes from the Somali word gurey, meaning "left-handed." This word is usually an adjective, but sometimes a name.
HABON f & m Somali (Rare), Spanish
This name means when everything comes together at the right time and the right place. Beautiful.
HABTE m & f Ethiopian
According to some sources, Habte means "treasure/present/wealth/riches of".
HAILE m Ge'ez, Amharic, Ethiopian
Means "power, force, strength" in Ge'ez and Amharic. This was the Ge'ez (baptismal) name of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie (1892-1975), who was born as Tafari
HARAMBEE m Swahili
Means "all pull together" in Swahili. It is the official motto of Kenya.
HIBAAQ f Somali
Derived from Arabic هِبَة (hiba)
meaning "gift, grant".
HODAN f Somali
A Somali name that means "wealthy, rich." Hodan is the Somali word for "wealth, rich." This is one of the most common traditional Somali names.
HOODO f Somali
This name comes from the Somali word hoodo which means "luck, fortunate." Somalis outside of Somalia may spell the name as Hodo.
IBRAAHIN m Somali (Archaic)
Somali form of Abraham
, now perhaps archaic. This name was borne by Ibraahin Adeer (ruled late 17th century to mid-18th century), the first sultan of the Sultanate of the Geledi, a Somali kingdom that ruled parts of the Horn of Africa from the late 17th century to 1910.
IIMAAN f & m Somali
Somali form of Iman
. One notable bearer of this name is Somalian-born American model Iman (born 1955).
JAWAAHIR f Somali
Somali form of Jawahir
. One bearer is Somali-American model Jawaahir Axmed (born 1991), better known by her Americanized name of Jawahir Ahmed.