Northern African Submitted Names
Northern African names
include those from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, and Western Sahara. See also about African names
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."
ADDI m Northern African
Frequently used by Amazigh people (Berbers) in North Africa and by Amazigh immigrants in Europe and elsewhre.
AKLI m Berber, Northern African
Means "slave, prisoner, captive" in Kabyle. It was historically used to refer to Tuareg slaves and servants, who are typically dark-skinned in colour.
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]
AREZKI m Berber, Northern African
Kabyle name meaning "one who nourishes" or "benefactor", derived from the Tamazight root rzq
meaning "nourishing, beneficial".
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".
DANAT m Ge'ez
Coptic Christian (Ge'ez) word for the piercing on Jesus' left palm.
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
IGIDER m Berber (Rare)
Mighty and strong, this name stands for ‘eagle’ in one of the Berber languages.
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
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.
MOULAY m Northern African
From an honorific title used by descendants of Moulay Ali Cherif, the founder of the Alaouite dynasty of Morocco.
NARAVAS m Berber
Personal name of Naravas, a Berber Numidian king and Hannibal's brother in law.
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.
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.
TASSADIT f Berber, Northern African
Algerian Kabyle name derived from Arabic سَعْد (saʿd)
meaning "good fortune, luck, success" combined with the Tamazight prefix and suffix ⵜⴰ- (ta-)
and -ⵜ (-t)
YEDDER m Berber (Rare)
Though this name symbolizes immortality, it indicates a sense of unbroken spirit or uncaptured soul.