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
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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.
ABUK f African Mythology, Dinka
In Dinka mythology (south Sudan), the first woman. She is the patron goddess of women and gardens. Her emblem is a little snake. She is the mother of DENG
ABUTO f Luo
Means "I have hidden" in Luo.
ACHAN f Dinka
Means "female child in the first pair of twins" in Dinka.
ADANECH f Amharic
Means "she saved" or "she rescued" or "she has rescued them" in Amharic.
ADIA f Igede, Swahili
Means "queen" in Igede and "(valuable) gift" in Swahili, from Hausa adia
ADONGO m & f Luo
Means "second of the twins" in Luo.
AKETCH f Luo
Means "born during a famine" in Luo.
ALMAZ m & f Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Bashkir, Tatar, Ethiopian, Amharic
Derived from Persian الماس (almâs)
meaning "diamond". It is used as a masculine name in Turkic-speaking countries and regions of Russia, while it is feminine in Ethiopia.
ALUOCH f Luo
Means "born on overcast morning". It is of Luo origin.
AWINO f Luo
Means "born with the cord around" in Luo.
AYEN f Dinka
Related with a specific kind of cow in Dinka language.
AZIZI m Swahili (Modern)
Means "The mighty one; powerful, beloved" Also has some arabic and egyptian origin, and tanzanian.... [more
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
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.
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
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.
CHAN m Dinka
Means "male child in the first pair of twins" in Dinka.
CHERU m Amharic
Means "the benign one, the charitable one" in Amharic.
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."
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
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.
EMEBET f Ethiopian, Amharic
Derived from Amharic ’əmäbēt
"royal lady", this (former) honorific is nowadays used as a given name.... [more
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".
FAARAX m Somali
An old Somali name, not to be confused with the Arabic name Farah.