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.
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Aadaan m Somali
Somali form of Adhan.
Aadam m Urdu, Somali, Estonian
Urdu, Somali, and Estonian form of Adam.
Aaden m Somali
Somali form of Adam.
Aamiina f Somali
Somali form of Aminah.
Abadir m Near Eastern Mythology, Coptic (Bohairic), Coptic (Sahidic), Arabic (Archaic), Harari, Somali (Archaic)
Means "mighty father". This was a Phoenician name for the highest deity. It was borne by a legendary Coptic saint who was martyred with his sister Irais (or Iraja, Herais, Rhais).
Abaynesh f Amharic
Means "you are the Nile" in Amharic.
Abdikadir m Somali
Somali form of Abd al-Qadir, used outside of Somalia.
Abdirahim m Somali
Somali form of Abdurrahim.
Abdirizak m Somali
Somali form of Abdur Razzaq. A notable bearer was the Abdirizak Haji Hussein (1924–2014), the former Prime Minister of Somalia.
Abdu m Swahili
Abdu is a name of Swahili origin meaning worshipper of God and the vowel at the end makes it sound like Abdul
Abdulkadir m Somali
Somali form of Abd al-Qadir, used outside of Somalia.
Abdullahi m Somali, Nigerian
Form of Abdullah used in Somalia and Nigeria.
Abduwali m Uyghur, Somali
Uyghur and Somali form of Abd al-Wali.
Abebech f Amharic, Ethiopian
Feminine form of Abebe.
Abera m Ethiopian
Means "light" or "he shines". Used as both a given name and a surname.
Abigaili f Biblical, Swahili
Swahili form of Abigail.
Abikanile f Yao
Meaning "listen" in Yao.
Abiy m Amharic
Means "father's joy" in Amharic.
Aboyo f Luo
Means "one who saunters" in Luo.
Abreham m Ethiopian
Ethiopian form of Abraham.
Abrihet f Tigrinya
Means "light" in Tigrinya.
Abshir m Somali
Means "congratulation" in Somali.
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 (Danka).
Abungu f Luo
Means "of the forest" in Luo.
Abuto f Luo
Means "I have hidden" in Luo.
Achan f Dinka
Means "female child in the first pair of twins" in Dinka.
Adamu m Amharic, Swahili, Hausa
Amharic, Swahili, and Hausa form of Adam.
Adan m Somali
Somali spelling of Adam, used outside of Somalia.
Adanech f Amharic
Means "she saved" or "she rescued" or "she has rescued them" in Amharic.
Addimew m Amharic
Means "invite him" in Amharic.
Addis f & m Amharic, Ethiopian
Derived from Amharic አዲስ (addis) "new".
Addisu m Ethiopian
Means "the new one".
Adede f Luo
Means "grasshopper" in Luo.
Aden m Somali
Somali form of Adam, used outside of Somalia.
Adhra f Swahili
Means "apology" in Swahili.
Adia f Igede, Swahili
Means "queen" in Igede and "(valuable) gift" in Swahili, from Hausa adia "gift".
Admase m Amharic
Means "my diamond" in Amharic.
Admassu m Amharic
Means "his horizon" in Amharic.
Admasu m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "his horizon" from Amharic አድማስ (admas) meaning "horizon".
Adongo m & f Luo
Means "second of the twins" in Luo.
Adua f Tigrinya (Italianized, Rare), Italian (Rare)
Italian form of ዓድዋ also spelled Adwa or Aduwa. This is an Ethiopian town whose name means "village of Awa (people)" in Tigrinya.... [more]
Aduor f Eastern African, Luo
Means "born at dawn" in Luo.
Afwerki m Tigrinya, Ethiopian
Means "mouth of gold" in Tigrinya.
Agwang f Luo
Means "wolf" in Luo.
Aimut m Amharic
Means "may he not die" in Amharic.
Ajuoga f Luo
Means "doctor" in Luo.
Akello f Luo
Means "born after twins" in Luo.
Aketch f Luo
Means "born during a famine" in Luo.
Akiki m Eastern African, Nkore
Means "friend" in Nkore, spoken in Uganda.
Aklilu m Tigrinya
Means "laurel wreath" in Tigrinya.
Alame m Amharic
Means "my world" in Amharic.
Alazar m Ethiopian
Meaning, "God is my help."
Aleeki m Somali
Means "brave lion" in Somali.
Alek f Eastern African, Dinka
Means "black-and-white cow" in Dinka.... [more]
Alemu m Amharic
Means "they dreamt" in Amharic.
Alile f Yao
Means "she weeps" in Yao.
Alimazi f Amharic
Means "diamond" in Amharic.
Almasi f Swahili
Means "diamond" in Swahili.
Almaz m & f Tatar, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Azerbaijani, Eastern African, Amharic
Means "diamond" in various languages, all derived from Persian الماس (almas). It is only used as a masculine name in Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan while it is feminine in Azerbaijan and Ethiopia.
Aluoch f Luo
Means "born on overcast morning" in Luo.
Aman m Tigrinya
Means "handsome" in Tigrinya.
Amani f Swahili
Means "peace" in Swahili.
Amani f Tigrinya
Means "faith" in Tigrinya.
Amanyire f & m Eastern African, Nyoro, Tooro, Nkore, Kiga
Means "God knows" in Nyoro, Tooro, Nkore, and Kiga.
Ambelu m & f Amharic
Possibly means "commander" in Amharic.
Ambesa m Ethiopian (Modern)
The meaning of this Ethiopian names is "lion".
Ambesa f Tigrinya
Means "lioness" in Tigrinya.
Ambilike m Nyakyusa
Means "He heard me" in Nyakyusa.
Amburo f Somali
Transferred use of the surname Amburo.
Amesemi f Eastern African, African Mythology
Amesemi was goddess of the ancient Kingdom of Kush, and wife of the god Apedemak.
Amibesa f Amharic
Means "lioness" in Amharic.
Amleset f Tigrinya
Means "she made it return" in Tigrinya.
Amondi f Swahili
Swahili form of Amani.
Amri m Swahili, Arabic
Means "command" in Swahili.
Anasa f Swahili
Means "joy" in Swahili.
Anbesa m Amharic (Modern)
Means "Lion" in Amharic.
Anbessa m Tigrinya
Means "lion" in Tigrinya.
Andulile m Nyakyusa
Means "He helped me" in Nyakyusa.
Andwele m Swahili
Means "God brings me" in Swahili.
Angavu m Swahili
Swahili masculine name meaning "clear, lucid".
Anyang f Luo
Means "crocodile" in Luo.
Apolot f Eastern African
Origin- Iteso people of eastern Uganda and Western Kenya, from the Ateso language, a derivative of the Teso-Turkana language and eastern Nilotic culture. ... [more]
Aragsan f Somali
Means "see" in Somali.
Aranchi f Tigrinya
Means "orange (fruit)" in Tigrinya.
Araya m Tigrinya
Means "leader by example" in Tigrinya.
Armana f Tigrinya
Neans "our flag" in Tigrinya.
Arsema f Amharic
Amharic form of Hripsime.
Arusi f Swahili
Means "born at wedding time" in Swahili.
Asaba m & f Tooro
Asadi m Eastern African
Masculine name in the Rotooro language, Uganda East Africa.
Asali f Swahili
Means "honey" in Swahili.
Asani m Swahili
Means "rebellious" in Swahili.
Asatira f Swahili
Means "history, legend" in Swahili.
Asegelile m Nyakyusa
Means "He is close to me" in Nyakyusa.
Ashegari f Amharic
Means "may he make you perfect" in Amharic.
Askale f Amharic (Rare)
Probably based on "Askal of Mary" (A type of flower).
Asli f Somali
Means "amber" in Somali.
Asmeret f Tigrinya
Means "united, unity" in Tigrinya.
Asmini f Swahili
Swahili form of Jasmin.
Assemahegn m Amharic
Means "you made me famous" in Amharic.
Assie f Oromo
varint of aussie
Aster f Amharic
Amharic form of Esther.
Athumani m Swahili
Means "third one" in Swahili.
Atiena f Swahili
Means "guardian of the night" in Swahili.
Aturinda m & f Eastern African, Nkore
Means "He -God- protects us" in Nkole, spoken in Uganda.
Awash m Amharic
Means "lender" in Amharic.
Awino f Luo
Means "born with the cord around" in Luo.
Awuor f Luo
Means "the greedy one" in Luo.... [more]
Ayan f Somali
Variant of Ayaan.
Ayana f Amharic
Means "beautiful flower" in Amharic.
Ayanle m Somali
Masculine form of Ayan.
Ayanna f Eastern African, African American (Modern), Jamaican Patois
Possibly means "flower" in Amharic.
Ayele m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "he became strong, he became powerful" in Amharic.
Ayelech f Amharic, Ethiopian
Means "she who is powerful" in Amharic.
Ayen f Dinka
Related with a specific kind of cow in Dinka language.
Ayou f Amharic, Ethiopian
Diminutive of Ayelech.
Ayuub m Somali
Somali form of Ayyub.
Azizi m Swahili (Modern)
Means "The mighty one; powerful, beloved" Also has some arabic and egyptian origin, and tanzanian.... [more]
Azmera f Amharic
Means "harvest, crop" in Amharic.
Bahari f & m Swahili
Means "sea" or "ocean" in Swahili.
Bahati f & m Eastern African
Means "luck, good fortune" in Swahili.
Bahru m Amharic
Means "the sea" in Amharic.
Bahta m Tigrinya
Meaning unknown.
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]
Bakari m Swahili
Means "Hopeful" in Swahili.
Banjaw m Amharic
Means "by his side" in Amharic.
Baraki m Amharic
Means "one who blesses" in Amharic.
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.
Baruk m Ethiopian
Variant of Biruk.
Baseleyos m Amharic
Amharic form of Basileus.
Bashiir m Somali
Somali form of Bashir.
Batuulo f Somali
Somali form of Batul.
Baxsan f Somali
Means "escape" in Somali.
Bedalu m Amharic
Means "by His victory" in Amharic.
Befeqadu m Amharic
Means "by His will" in Amharic.
Bekele m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "he germinated, he grew, he flourished" in Amharic.
Bekelech f Amharic
Means "she flourished" in Amharic.
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.
Belete m Ethiopian
Possibly derived from the surname Belete.
Beliyu-work f Amharic
Means "especially gold" in Amharic.
Benmet m Amharic
Means "in confidence, with trust" in Amharic.
Bereket m & f Eastern African, Amharic
Means "blessing, abundance, profusion" in Amharic.
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.
Betami f Amharic
Means "lovely" in Amharic.
Betelihem f Ethiopian
It is a Christian name derived from Bethlehem.
Bethlehem f & m Judeo-Christian Legend, English (American, Rare), Biblical, Ethiopian (Rare), English (British)
From the two Hebrew words bayta "house" and lachem "bread". Bethlehem is the name of a Palestinian city. In the Bible, it is the place where Jesus was born.
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.
Bilen f Amharic
Means "iris" in Amharic.
Bilen f Tigrinya
Means "beautiful" in Tigrinya.
Bimini f & m Luhya (Rare)
Bimini is the westernmost district of the Bahamas. Meaning “two islands” in the Lucayan language. You may have heard the name from British drag queen - Bimini Bon Boulash. Could get the nickname, Bim.
Birabiro f Amharic
Means "butterfly" in Amharic.
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.
Bol m & f Dinka
Means "twin" in Dinka.
Bomani m Yao
Means "warrior" in Yao.
Boruk m Ethiopian
Variant of Biruk.
Bucumi f Rundi
Means "tenth child" in Kirundi.
Burhaan m Somali, Arabic
Means "charisma" in Somali and "proof" in Arabic.
Busara f Swahili
Means "wisdom" in Swahili.
Buseje f Yao
Means "ask me" in Yao.
Buux m Somali
Means "full" in Somali.
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.
Cabdirisaaq m Somali
Somali spelling of Abdur Razzaq. This spelling is used in Somalia.
Cabdul m Somali
Somali form of Abdul.
Cabdullahi m Somali
Somali form of Abdullahi.
Canab f Somali
Means "grape" in Somali.
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.
Chaltu f Eastern African, Oromo
Means "being the best of the best" in Oromo.
Chan m Dinka
Means "male child in the first pair of twins" in Dinka.
Chaniya f Swahili
Means "wealthy" in Swahili.
Chausiki f Swahili
Means "born at night" in Swahili.
Cheja f Kaguru
Means "we came" in Chikaguru.
Chepkirui f Eastern African, Kalenjin
Means "one who was born while people slept” in Kalenjin.
Cheri f Amharic
Means "graceful" in Amharic.
Chernet m Amharic
Means "charity" in Amharic.
Cheru m Amharic
Means "the benign one, the charitable one" in Amharic.
Cheusi m Swahili
Means "black" in Swahili.
Chigenda m Kaguru
Means "let us go" in Chikaguru.
Chilongola m Kaguru
Means "first" in Chikaguru.
Chimola m Kaguru
Means "seizer, breaker of things" in Chikaguru.
Chipukizi f Swahili
Means "bud, sprout, shoot" in Swahili.
Chitemo m Kaguru
Means "axe" in Chikaguru.
Chiwa f Yao
Means "death" in Yao.
Chuki f & m Swahili
Means "born during a time of hatred" in Swahili.
Cigaal m Somali
Means "turban" in Somali.
Ciise m Somali
Somali form of Isa.
Cilmi m Somali
A name that derives from the word cilmi which means "knowledge" or "learning."
Cumar m Somali
Somali form of Omar.
Daahir m Somali
Variant of Dahir.
Daa'uud m Somali
Somali form of David.
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.
Dahir m Somali
Somali form of Tahir.
Dai m Swahili
Means "demand" in Swahili.
Dalili f Swahili (Rare)
Means "omen, symbol" in Swahili.
Damamli f Eastern African
beautiful vision
Dammenech f Amharic
Means "she was cloudy" in Amharic.
Daniachew m Amharic
Means "arbitrate between them" or "you be the judge" in Amharic.
Daniat f Tigrinya
Means "judge" in Tigrinya.
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.
Defere m Amharic
Means "he is brave" in Amharic.
Deginet m Amharic
Means "goodness" in Amharic.
Degmo f Somali
Means "district" in Somali.
Delnesahu m Amharic
Means "I defeated" in Amharic.
Demeteriya f Eastern African
Of unknown origin and meaning. ... [more]
Demissie m Amharic
Means "destroyer" in Amharic.
Deneke m Amharic
Means "he is marvellous" in Amharic.
Dereje m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "to develop, to organise" in Amharic.
Deresse m Ethiopian, Amharic
Ethiopian name of unknown meaning.
Desita f Amharic
Means "joy, happiness" in Amharic.
Dikamellesh f Amharic
Means "you have no weakness" in Amharic.
Dinkinesh f Amharic
Means "you are a marvel" in Amharic.
Dinknesh f Amharic
Means "you are marvelous; the wondrous one" in Amharic.... [more]
Dires m Amharic
Means "arrive!" 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.
Dulani m Yao
Means "cutting" in Yao.
Duma m Swahili
Means "cheetah" in Swahili.... [more]
Dunia m Swahili
Neans "world, earth," ultimately from Arabic dunyā (دُنْيَا) meaning "world, kingdom, universe."
Ëakumbu m Swahili (Dutchified, Rare)
First used in Basali,DRC And Means "King Of Africa" May Be A Variant Of Xhoel
Ebong m Luo
Uganda/Luo... [more]
Efrem m Amharic
Amharic form of Ephraim.
Egal m Somali
Variant spelling of Cigaal, used outside of Somalia.
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.
Ejjegayyahu f Amharic
Means "I have seen much" in Amharic.
Ekundu m Swahili
Swahili masculine name meaning "red".
Elbetel f Ethiopian
the house of god
Elizabeti f Amharic
Amharic form of Elizabeth.
Elleni f Amharic
Amharic form of Helen.
Elsabet f Amharic
Amharic form of Elizabeth.
Elyas m Amharic
Amharic form of Elias.
Emebet f Ethiopian, Amharic
Derived from Amharic ’əmäbēt "royal lady", this (former) honorific is nowadays used as a given name.... [more]
Emiya f Amharic
Means "bliss" in Amharic.
Enku f Amharic
This feminine name means "pearl" in Amharic.