Northern African Submitted Names

Northern African names include those from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, and Western Sahara. See also about African names.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Abiba f Northern African
Has its origins in the Moroccan language and means "first child born after the grandmother has died."
Abye m Ge'ez
Means "big, large" in Ge'ez.
Aderfi m Berber (Rare)
Means "freed" in Berber.
Adid m Berber
Meaning unknown.
Agerzam m Berber
Means "cheetah" in Amazigh.
Aghbalu m Berber
Means "source" in Amazigh.
Aghilas m Kabyle
Means "leopard; panther; lion" in Kabyle.
Aghiles m Kabyle
Variant of Aghilas.
Agizul m Berber
Means "brave" in Tamazight.
Agwmar m Berber
Means "stallion" in Tamazight.
Ahar m Berber
Means "lion" in Tamazight.
Akale-work m Ge'ez
Means "body of gold" in Ge'ez.
Akawel m Berber
Means "the black" in Amazigh.
Akersim m Berber
Means "caracal" in Tamazight.
Akli m Kabyle
Means "slave, prisoner, captive" in Kabyle. It was historically used to refer to Tuareg slaves and servants, who are typically dark-skinned in colour.
Aksil m Berber, Northern African, History
Means "cheetah" or "leopard" in Shawiya Tamazight. This was the real name of Kusaila (كسيلة), a 7th-century Berber king.
Aldjya f Kabyle
Means "doll" in Kabyle.
Amalu m Berber
Means "shadow" in Tamazight.
Amanar m Berber
Means "Orion (constellation)" in Amazigh.
Amastan m Tuareg
Means "protector, defender" in Tuareg, derived from the Tamazight root esten meaning "to protect, to defend".
Amastane m Northern African, Berber
Variant transcription of Amastan.
Amayas m Berber
Means "cheetah" in Tamazight.
Amaynu m Berber
Means "new" in Amazigh.
Amazigh m Northern African, Berber
From Tamazight ⴰⵎⴰⵣⵉⵖ (Amaziɣ), which is the self-designation of the Berber (Amazigh) people of North Africa. The name itself is of unknown meaning, though folk etymologies claim the meaning of "free-man", derived from Taznatit (Gurara) aze meaning "to be strong" and Tamasheq jeɣeɣ meaning "to be brave".
Amenzu m Kabyle
Means "the first" in Kabyle.
Amessan m Berber
Means "wise" in Tamazight.
Ameziane m Berber, Northern African
Variant of Meziane (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
Amêzyan m Berber
Means "cadet" or "small" in Amazigh.
Anarouz m Berber, Northern African
Variant transcription of Anaruz.
Anaruz m Berber, Northern African
Means "hope" in Tamazight.
Anebdad m Berber
Means "support" in Amazigh.
Anir m Berber, Northern African
Means "angel" in Tamazight.
Areksim m Berber
Means "caracal" in Amazigh.
Arezki m Kabyle
Probably derived from Arabic رِزْق (rizq) meaning "wealth, fortune" or "nourishment, sustenance".
Arezqi m Kabyle
Variant transcription of Arezki.
Asafar m Berber
Means "remedy" in Tamazight.
Asafu m Berber
Means "torch" in Tamazight.
Asfru m Berber
Means "poem, ode" in Tamazight.
Asirem m Berber
Means "hope" in Amazigh.
Asmun m Berber
Means "companion" in Amazigh.
Asrat m & f Ge'ez
Means "tithe" in Ge'ez.
Asulil m Berber
Means "rock" in Tamazight.
Atbir m Berber
Means "dove" in Amazigh.
Atsede f Ge'ez
Means "white" in Ge'ez.
Awlagh m Berber
Means "little rabbit" in Amazigh.
Awsim m Berber
Means "fawn" in Tamazight.
Axil m Berber (Rare)
Means "cheetah" in Berber.
Ayatu m Ge'ez
Means "his likeness" in Ge'ez.
Ayrad m Berber
Means "lion" in Amazigh.
Ayyur m Berber
Means "moon" in Tamazight.
Azazi m Ge'ez
Means "one who commands" in Ge'ez.
Azêllay m Berber
Means "pendant" in Amazigh.
Azenkwed m Berber
Means "male gazelle" in Amazigh.
Azenzêr m Berber
Means "sunshine" in Tamazight.
Azmar m Berber
Meaning unknown.
Azrur m Berber
Means "handsome" in Tamazight.
Azuz m Berber
Meaning unknown.
Babiker m Northern African, Arabic
Sudanese name possibly derived from the given name Bakr or from Arabic بَكَرَ (bakara) meaning "first born" or "to be early, to rise early".
Badis m Berber (Rare)
The meaning of this name is unknown but several kings had this name.
Bakhta f African, Arabic, Berber
Means "starry" in Berber.
Baloua m Berber
Meaning unknown.
Baragsen m Tuareg
From the Tuareg abarag meaning "pride".
Basi m Berber
Meaning unknown.
Baya f Kabyle
Kabyle name of unknown meaning.
Bekure m Ge'ez
Means "first born" in Ge'ez.
Bereketab m Ge'ez
Means "blessing of the Father" in Ge'ez.
Buyan f Berber
Meaning unknown.
Cabh'a f Kabyle
Possibly means "beautiful" in Kabyle.
Damya f Berber, Northern African, History
Tamazight feminine given name, an alternative possible given name of the Berber warrior-queen and leader Kahina.
Danat m Ge'ez
Coptic Christian (Ge'ez) word for the piercing on Jesus' left palm.
Danata f Ge'ez
Feminine form of Danat.
Ddunit f Kabyle
Kabyle form of Dunya.
Debre-work f Ge'ez
Means "mountain of gold" in Ge'ez.
Dihya f Berber, Northern African, History
Meaning unknown. This was the real name of Kahina, an Amazigh warrior queen who resisted Arab expansion into North Africa (d. 700 AD).
Dyhia f Berber
Variant of Dihya.
Ebeggi m Berber
Means "jackal" in Tamazight.
Elkaissa f Berber (Rare)
Possibly means "the pause" from Kabyle Berber.
Eyob m Amharic, Ge'ez, Tigrinya
Ethiopian and Eritrean form of Job.
Fadhma f Kabyle
Kabyle form of Fatima.
Fadma f Berber
Variant of Fadhma used in Morocco.
Fetle-work f Ge'ez
Means "thread of gold" in Amharic.
Firesembet m Ge'ez
Means "seed of the Sabbath" in Ge'ez.
Fisseha m Ge'ez
Means "joy" in Ge'ez.
Fourou m Berber
Meaning unknown.
Gebre-medhin m Ge'ez
Means "servant of the saviour" in Ge'ez.
Gebre-selam m Ge'ez
Means "servant of peace" in Ge'ez.
Gebre-tsadik m Ge'ez
Means "servant of the righteous" in Ge'ez.
Ghanim m Berber
Means "reed" in Amazigh.
Ghilas m Kabyle
Short form of Aghilas.
Gudit f Eastern African, Ge'ez
Ge'ez form of Judith.... [more]
Gwasila m Kabyle
Means "son of the plains" in Kabyle.
Habtewold m Ge'ez
Means "gift of the Son" in Ge'ez.
Habteyes m Ge'ez
Means "gift of Jesus" in Ge'ez.
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 Makonnen.
Hawaryat m Ge'ez
Means "apostles" in Ge'ez.
Haylu m Ge'ez
Means "his power" in Ge'ez.
H'emmuc m Berber
Berber diminutive form of Hamid.
Henos m Ge'ez
Variant of Enos.
Herru f Berber
Etymology unknown. This was the name of a famous poetess.
Ḥmed m Kabyle
Kabyle form of Ahmad.
Iften m Berber
Means "be better than them" in Amazigh.
Ighlaf m Berber
Means "well protected" in Amazigh.
Igider m Berber (Rare)
Mighty and strong, this name stands for ‘eagle’ in one of the Berber languages.
Ijja f Northern African
Female name meaning "Smells good" or "Fragrant".
Ilayetmas m Berber
Means "he has brothers" in Tamazight.
Illi f Berber (Rare)
Literally "My daughter"
Immeghar m Berber
Means "he is great" in Amazigh.
Inqu m Ge'ez
Means "precious stone" in Ge'ez.
Isgaden m Berber
Meaning unknown.
Itsub m Ge'ez
Means "miracle" in Ge'ez.
Izdârasen m Berber
Means "the mighty, the strong" in Tamazight.
Izebboudjen m & f Berber
From the berber word meaning "Olive tree".
Izemrasen m Berber (Rare)
Means "powerful" in Berber.
Izîl m Berber (Rare)
Izîl stands for ‘sublime and magnificent’.
Izlan f Berber
Means "melody" in Tamazight.
Jidji f Berber
Means "flower" in Tamazight.
Juba m Berber
Juba I was a King of Numidia. He was the son and successor to King of Numidia Hiempsal II. Juba was the father of King of Numidia and later Mauretania Juba II
Jugurtha m History, Berber
Means "the greatest" in Berber.... [more]
Kahena f Berber, History
Variant of Kahina.
Kahinu m Eastern African, Ge'ez, Amharic, Tigrinya
Means "clergyman" in Ge'ez and other Ethiopic languages.
Kaïna f Berber, French
French variant spelling of Kahina.
Kebra f & m Eastern African, Ge'ez
Means "glory, praise" in Ge'ez, a liturgical language from Ethiopia. ... [more]
Ketsela-work f Ge'ez
Means "diadem of gold" in Ge'ez.
Khedduj f Berber
Berber form of Khadija.
Kidane m Ge'ez
Means "my covenant" in Ge'ez.
Lalla f Berber
This name means "Lady"... [more]
Lemta f Berber
Etymology unknown. This is the name of the mythological mother of the Tuaregs.
Lounès m Kabyle
Means "companion" or "to keep company" in Kabyle, possibly of Arabic origin.
Lounis m Kabyle
Variant transcription of Lounès.
Luladay f Ge'ez
Etymology uncertain.
Lunja f Berber (Rare)
Lunja stands for a fairytale princess.
Madaya f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic), Hausa (Archaic), Berber (Archaic)
From Guanche *madăyya, meaning "beautiful thing to see". Besides the Canary Islands, this name was also used in Northern Africa.
Makoud m Berber
Meaning unknown.
Maqrin m Berber
Means "always in a good mood" in Kabyle.
Masensen m Berber
means "Their Master"
Masinissa m Berber, Northern African, History
Variant transcription of Massinissa.
Masnsen m Berber
From the Amazigh mas meaning "master and nsen# meaning "of them".
Massa f Berber
A term of respect meaning "Mistress" and a name usually given to high born.
Massen m Berber
A Term of respect meaning "Master" and a name given to high born.
Massinissa m Berber, Northern African, History
Means "their lord" from the consonants MSNSN, in turn derived from Tamazight mas meaning "lord" and n sen meaning "to them". This was the name of a Berber ruler and the first King of Numidia.
Meaza m & f Ge'ez
Means "perfume" in Ge'ez.
Meghighda f Berber
Etymology unknown. This was the name of a famous poetess.
Mehari m Ge'ez
Means "merciful" in Ge'ez.
Mekioussa f Berber (Rare)
Of Kabyle Berber origin with an unknown meaning.
Melake-berhan m Ge'ez
Means "angel of light" in Ge'ez.
Menelik m Ge'ez, Amharic
Means "son of the wise man" in Ge'ez and Amharic. According to the legend Menelik was the first emperor of Ethiopia. In the 10th century BC, he is said to have inaugurated the Solomonic dynasty of Ethiopia, so named because Menelik I is supposed to be the son of the biblical King Solomon of ancient Israel and Makeda, the Ethiopian Queen of Sheba.
Menza f Berber
Meaning unknown.
Merin m Berber
Meaning unknown.
Mezian m Berber (Rare), Northern African (Rare)
Variant of Meziane (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
Meziane m Berber, Northern African
Derived from Tamazight meẓyan meaning "young, little".
Mihret m & f Ge'ez, Amharic
Means "mercy", ultimately from Ge'ez ምህረት
Mohand m Arabic (Maghrebi), Berber
Alternate transcription of Muhannad chiefly used in Northern Africa. It is also used as a Berber form of Muhammad.
Moulay m Northern African
From an honorific title used by descendants of Moulay Ali Cherif, the founder of the Alaouite dynasty of Morocco.
Muḥand m Kabyle
Variant of Muḥend.
Muḥemmed m Kabyle
Kabyle form of Muhammad.
Muḥend m Kabyle
Kabyle form of Mohand.
Muh'uc m Berber
Amazigh diminutive form of Mohammed.
Munatas m Berber (Rare)
This name means to ‘gather around a special person’.... [more]
Nabiyat m Ge'ez
Means "prophets" in Ge'ez.
Naravas m Berber
Personal name of Naravas, a Berber Numidian king and Hannibal's brother in law.
Navil m Berber
Berber form of Nabil.
Neqa-tibeb m Ge'ez
Means "wisdom is vigilant" in Ge'ez.
Neway m Ge'ez
Means "vessel" in Ge'ez.
Noumidia f Berber (Rare), Arabic (Maghrebi, Rare)
A modern coinage derived from the name of the Ancient Berber kingdom and later Roman province Numidia.... [more]
Ogbagzy m Ge'ez
Means "protection of our Lord" in Ge'ez.
Rezki m Kabyle
Variant of Arezki.
Sabre m African, Muslim, Northern African, Iranian, Arabic (Egyptian)
African, Islamic name for boys meaning patient, sharp and enduring.
Saɛid m Kabyle
Kabyle form of Sa'id.
Sahlu m Ge'ez
Means "his mercy" in Ge'ez.
Sannayt f Ge'ez
Means "beautiful" in Ge'ez.
Segula f Jewish, Northern African
Hebrew word name, it has several meanings.... [more]
Sekkura f Kabyle
Possibly meanings "partridge" in Kabyle.
Sidra f Jewish, Northern African
Means "order, sequence" in Hebrew. It refers to a weekly reading portion of the Torah, so the whole Torah is completed every year. This name is typical of North African Jewry.
Siman f Berber (Rare)
Siman stands for 'two souls', referring to parents, the name in away implies the child is their combination or fruit.
Simretab m Ge'ez
Means "service of the Father" in Ge'ez.
Sura f Muslim, Berber
Means "highness of status, highness of rank, glory" in Arabic.
Tadêfi f Berber
Means "sweetness" in Berber.
Taderfit f Berber (Rare)
Means "liberation" in Berber.
Tadla f Berber (Rare)
Means "branches" in Berber.
Tafalkayt f Berber
Means "beauty" in Tamazight.
Tafrara f Kabyle
Means "aurora, dawn, daybreak" in Kabyle.
Tafsut f Kabyle
Means "spring, springtime" in Kabyle.
Tagwerramt f Berber
It stands for ‘pious or holy’
Tagwilalt f Berber
Means "stork" in Tamazight.
Tagwizult f Berber
Means "brave" in Berber.
Taheyyâtt f Berber
Means "wanderer" in Tamazight.
Takama f Berber
Means "warmth" in Berber.
Takle-haimanot m Ge'ez
Means "plant of the faith" in Ge'ez.
Taklit f Berber
Meaning unknown.
Tamalut f Berber
Berber feminine name meaning "shadow".
Tamanart f Berber
Berber name for the constallation Orion.
Tamayyurt f Berber
Means "full moon" in Tamazight.
Tamazzalt f Berber
Means "devoted" in Tamazight.
Tamemt f Berber
Means "honey" in Berber.
Tamenzut f Berber
the name itself means ‘first born’.... [more]
Tameqrant f Berber
Means "the elder, senior" in Tamazight.
Tamezyant f Berber
Means "the middle child" in Tamazight.
Tamghara f Berber
Feminine form of Amghar.
Tamimt f Berber
Means "delight" in Tamazight.
Tamment f Berber
Berber feminine name meaning "honey".
Tanamart f Berber
Means "happy" in Berber.
Tanaruz f Berber, African
Feminine form of Anaruz.
Tanazârt f Berber
Means "defiant, daring" in Tamazight.
Tanebdatt f Berber
Means "support" in Tamazight.
Tanina f Kabyle
Variant of the Kabyle name Thanina
Tasa f Berber
Means "love" when used as a name. Literally means "liver," the organ thought to be the seat of emotions, much like the heart's role in Western cultures.
Tasekkurt f Berber
Means "partridge" in Tamazight.
Tassadit f Kabyle
From Arabic سعد (sa'd) meaning "fortune, good luck" combined with the Tamazight feminine prefix ⵜⴰ (ta) and suffix ⵜ (t).
Tatbirt f Berber
Possibly means "dove" in Amazigh.
Taweckint f Berber
Means "branch" in Amazigh.
Tawenza f Berber
Means "frank, direct" in Tamazight.
Taylalt f Berber
Means "bird" in Tamazight.
Tayri f Berber
Means "love" in Tamazight.
Tazdayt f Kabyle
Means "palm tree" in Kabyle.
Tazêllayt f Berber
Means "pendant" in Tamazight.
Tazenkêt f Berber
Means "gazelle" in Amazigh.
Tazenkwêt f Berber
Means "gazelle" in Tamazight.
Telgumas f Berber
Means "girl who has a brother" in Tamazight.
Tensae m Ge'ez
Means "resurrection" in Ge'ez.
Tesfa-egzy m Ge'ez
Means "promise of the Lord" in Ge'ez.
Thanina f Kabyle
Sometimes spelled Tanina, the name is often associated with a mystical bird or "female eagle". This name is born by Tanina Cheriet, the daughter of Algerian Kabyle singer, Idir (b... [more]
Thiyya f Berber
Means "nice" in Amazigh.
Tikuna f Jewish, Northern African
From Hebrew tikun, "repair, rectification".... [more]
Tilelli f Kabyle
Means "freedom" in Kabyle.
Tilellli f Berber
Means "freedom" in Tamazight.
Timuš f Berber
Berber diminutive of Fatima.
Tinhinan f Berber
Means "she of the campfires" in Tamazight. This was the name of a Tuareg queen.
Tinifsan f Berber
Means "blooming one" in Tamazight.
Tinitran f Berber
Means "of the stars" in Amazigh.
Tinizara f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic), Tuareg (Archaic)
From Guanche *tinzar, meaning "promontories" (literally "noses"). In Tuareg it meant "honour".
Tintadêfi f Berber
Means "sweetness, of sweetness" in Tamazight.
Tintfsut f Berber
Means "of spring" in Tamazight.
Tintifawin f Berber
Means "of the light, shining" in Tamazight.
Tintlelli f Berber
Means "of the free" in Tamazight.
Tintziri f Berber
Means "moonlit" in Tamazight.
Tisent f Berber
Means "salt" in Amazigh.
Titem f Berber
Berber diminutive of Fatima.
Tiwul f Berber
Means "of the heart" in Tamazight.
Tiyya f Berber
Means The"Nice"
Tizemt f Berber (Rare), Northern African (Rare)
Means "lioness" in Tamazight, ultimately from ⵉⵣⴻⵎ (izem) meaning "lion" (chiefly Moroccan).
Tiziri f Northern African, Berber
Means "moonlight" in Tamazight.
Tlafulki f Berber
Means "beauty" in Tamazight.
Tlatig f Berber
Means "worthy" in Tamazight.
Tlaytmas f Northern African (Modern)
Female name meaning "The one with brothers/has brothers". Combination of "Tla" meaning "has", and "Ytmas" meaning "Her brothers".
Touka f Berber
Variant of Tuka.
Touya f Berber
tree, tamazight
Tsanainesh f Ge'ez
Means "you are a sun" in Ge'ez.
Tsegaye m Ge'ez
Means "my grace" in Ge'ez.
Tsehai m & f Ge'ez
Means "sun" in Ge'ez.
Tsemru m Ge'ez
Means "his wool" in Ge'ez.
Tsige m & f Ge'ez
Means "flower" in Ge'ez.
Tsul f Berber
Means "lively" in Tamazight.
Tuda f Berber
Means "enough" in Tamazight.
Tudatt f Berber
Means "ewe" in Tamazight.
Tufayyur f Berber
Means "more beautiful than the moon" in Tamazight.
Tufitran f Berber
Means "more beautiful than the stars" in Tamazight.
Tufitri f Berber
Means "more beautiful than a star" in Tamazight.
Tuftent f Berber
Means "the most beautiful" in Tamazight.
Tugertent f Berber
Means "tallest" in Tamazight.
Tuka f Berber, Arabic
Means "Fear of God" in Berber.
Tumert f Berber
Means "happiness" in Tamazight.
Tumsilt f Berber
this name means ‘one who is well-built’.
Tunaruz f Berber
Means "hope" in Tamazight.
Tureght f Berber
From the Amazigh uregh meaning "gold".
Tzeddig f Berber
Meaning unknown.
Udad m Berber
Means "ram (male sheep)" in Tamazight.
Ugwistan m Berber
Meaning unknown.
Ultasila f Berber
Means "of the plains" in Tamazight.
Umaler f Berber
Means "star of the peace" in Tamasheq, language of Tuareg people.
Usem m Berber
Means "lightning" in Tamazight.
Wagguten m Berber (Rare)
It means ‘one who will proliferate’ and reflects the abundance of life.
Wararni m Berber
Means "without victor, without conqueror" in Amazigh.
Warmaksan m Berber (Rare)
this name means ‘without enemy or undefeatable’.