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."
ADERFI m Berber (Rare)
Means "freed" in Berber.
ADID m Berber
Meaning unknown.
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.
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.
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.
AMAZIGH m Berber, Northern African
Derived from the Central Atlas Tamazight word 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", deriving from Taznatit (Gurara) aze meaning "to be strong" and Tamasheq (a variety of Turareg) jeɣeɣ meaning "to be brave"... [more]
AMESSAN m Berber
Means "wise" in Tamazight.
AMEZIANE m Berber, Northern African
Variant of Meziane (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
ANAROUZ m Berber, Northern African
Variant transcription of Anaruz.
ANARUZ m Berber, Northern African
Means "hope" in Tamazight.
ANIR m Berber, Northern African
Means "angel" in Tamazight.
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.
ASULIL m Berber
Means "rock" in Tamazight.
AWSIM m Berber
Means "fawn" in Tamazight.
AXIL m Berber (Rare)
Means "cheetah" in Berber.
AYYUR m Berber
Means "moon" in Tamazight.
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.
BASI m Berber
Meaning unknown.
BAYA f Kabyle
Kabyle name of unknown meaning.
BUYAN f Berber
Meaning unknown.
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.
DAWIT m Bashkir, Ge'ez, Amharic
Bashkir form of Dawud and Ge'ez and Amharic form of David.
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.
FADHMA f Kabyle
Kabyle form of Fatima.
FADMA f Berber
Variant of Fadhma used in Morocco.
FOUROU m Berber
Meaning unknown.
GHILAS m Kabyle
Short form of Aghilas.
GWASILA m Kabyle
Means "son of the plains" in Kabyle.
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.
HERRU f Berber
Etymology unknown. This was the name of a famous poetess.
IGIDER m Berber (Rare)
Mighty and strong, this name stands for ‘eagle’ in one of the Berber languages.
ILAYETMAS m Berber
Means "he has brothers" in Tamazight.
ILLI f Berber (Rare)
Literally "My daughter"
ISGADEN m Berber
Meaning unknown.
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]
KHEDDUJ f Berber
Berber form of Khadija.
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.
LUNJA f Berber (Rare)
Lunja stands for a fairytale princess.
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.
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.
ḤMED m Kabyle
Kabyle form of Ahmad.
MEGHIGHDA f Berber
Etymology unknown. This was the name of a famous poetess.
MEKIOUSSA f Berber (Rare)
Of Kabyle Berber origin with an unknown meaning.
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".
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.
MUNATAS m Berber (Rare)
This name means to ‘gather around a special person’.... [more]
NARAVAS m Berber
Personal name of Naravas, a Berber Numidian king and Hannibal's brother in law.
NAVIL m Berber
Berber form of Nabil.
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]
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.
SEGULA f Jewish, Northern African
Hebrew word name, it has several meanings.... [more]
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.
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.
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.
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
Derived from the Tamazight feminine prefix ⵜⴰ- (ta-) combined with Arabic سَعْد (saʿd) meaning "good fortune, luck, success" and the feminine suffix -ⵜ (-t).
TAWENZA f Berber
Means "frank, direct" in Tamazight.
TAYLALT f Berber
Means "bird" in Tamazight.
TAYRI f Berber
Means "love" in Tamazight.
TAZÊLLAYT f Berber
Means "pendant" in Tamazight.
TAZENKWÊT f Berber
Means "gazelle" in Tamazight.
TELGUMAS f Berber
Means "girl who has a brother" in Tamazight.
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. 1949).
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.
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.
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.
TOUKA f Berber
Variant of Tuka.
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.
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.
WARMAKSAN m Berber (Rare)
this name means ‘without enemy or undefeatable’.
WINARUZ m Berber
Means "hope" in Tamazight.
WIWURGH m Berber
Means "golden" in Tamazight.
YASSA f Northern African, Central African, Louisiana Creole
Potential transferred use of the surname Yassa.
YEDDER m Berber (Rare)
Though this name symbolizes immortality, it indicates a sense of unbroken spirit or uncaptured soul.
YIDIR m Berber, Northern African
Variant transcription of Idir.
YUFAYYUR m Berber
Means "more handsome than the moon" in Tamazight.
YUFITRAN m Berber
Means "more handsome than the stars" in Tamazight.
YUFTEN m Berber
Means "the best" in Tamazight.
YUGERTEN m Berber
Original Berber form of Jugurtha.
ZIGZA m Berber
Means "green" from the root zgz.
ZINEB f Berber, Arabic (Maghrebi)
Tamazight form of Zaynab used mainly in Morocco.
ZIRA f Berber
Feminine of Ziri.
ZIRI m Berber
Masculine form of Tiziri.