are used by the Shona people of Zimbabwe.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ANAISHE f & m Shona
Derived from Shona anashe
, meaning "who is with God".
BANGA m Shona
Means "knife" or "sword" in Shona. Banga is the name of a Ngbandi god of water.
BVUMAI m Shona
Bvumai means "Admit". This may be a name given to say to adversary admit that you were wrong, you were defeated or that you committed the offence
CHENJERAI m Shona
Chenjerai means "Be on guard, wisen up". Chenjerai Hunzvi the Zimbabwean Freedom Fighter is one bearer of this name.
CHIMURENGA m Shona
Chimurenga is a Shona word roughly translated to English as, "revolutionary struggle". The Shona language is spoken by the Shona people of Zimbabwe. This word is sometimes used as a given name.
DZIKAMAI m Shona
Dzikamai means "settle down". The name is given to express the idea of settling down and not jumping from one relationship to another or one project to another
. The former Zimbabwean Minister and MP, Dzikamai Mavhaire is one well known bearer of this name.
DZINASHE m Shona
Dzinashe means "It's with the Lord". One well known bearer of this name is Dzinashe Machingura.
GAMUCHIRAI f Shona
Means "accept or receive" in Shona. It is typically given to a child born out of wedlock.
GARIKAI m Shona
Means "Live well, safe, healthy and prosperous".
GONDAI m Shona
Means "to trust or place hope in" in Shona.
GWINYAI m Shona
Gwinyai means "be strong". The Zimbabwean tennis player Gwinyai Tongoona is a famous bearer of this name.
HAMUNYARI f Shona
Hamunyari means "Have you no shame". This name is given in a feuding situation
HAZVINEI f Shona
Hazvinei means "Never mind, no worries". This name may be given by a parent who was offended
HAZVIPERI m & f Shona
It does not end. "Situational name given in circumstances where family faced unending troubles or trials".
JEKESAI f Shona
Make it clear. "Meant to speak to neighbor or family to make clear their position or purpose".
KAMBEU m Shona
Kambeu means "little seed". This name may be given to a child who was very small at birth
KARIKOGA m Shona
Karikoga means "One who is alone". The name may be given to say that one who lives alone or was born alone without siblings". The man Karikoga Kaseke, a Zimbabwean Civil Servant is a well known bearer of this name
KUCHINEI m Shona
Kuchinei means "What more is left to do, to see or to say" This name may be given by a parent who is at their wit's end
. The Zimbabwean singer of the 1970-80s Kuchinei Chikupo was one well known bearer of this name.
MACHIVEYI f Shona
What do you seek or covert? "Situational name given in circumstance where family has covetous neighbours or kin"
MAITA f Shona
A Shona (Zimbabwean) name that implies gratitude for something that has been done well. It may be spelt as Mayita or Mazvita depending on the area of origin of the speaker.... [more
MAJAYA m Shona
Given to the last male born of the the family born in the same year. If families have male children in a given year the last to be born normally carries the name. The year of boys.
MAKANAKA f Shona
Makanaka means "You are good". #This name is usually given in praise of God".
MASIMBA m Shona
Means "powers, energy" in Shona. Other meanings are possible.
MAZVITA f Shona
Means "we are grateful" or "many thanks" in Shona.
MIRIRO f & m African, Shona
Started in the early 1900's. Name was given to the second born daughter of the family. Name means "to be expected." Basically the one who was waited for.
MOTSI m & f Shona
Means "first one" or "one who has matted hair" in Shona.
MUCHENA m Shona
One who is white or light skin tone. Or Blessing in Ndau dialect of Shona
MUNESU f & m Shona
Means "God is with us" or "God is within us" in Shona.
NAMATAI m Shona
Namatai means "Pray or praise and worship God".
NDAKAITEI f Shona
Means "What did I do?" This name is an expression of regret by a parent. Usually given by a single mother whose partner does not take responsibility of the child born
NGWARAI m Shona
Ngwarai means "Be diligent, wisen up, be on guard".
NOKUTENDA m & f Shona
Means "with gratitude (associated with faith in God)" in Shona.
NYASHADZASHE m & f Shona
its from zimbabwe and is in the shona language it means Gods grace
ONAI f Shona
Means "Look and see". This name may be given in various circumstances calling the hearer to look and see what transpired especially before and around the birth of that child
ONAYI f Shona
See it, see this. "Situational name which says see what we have, behold".
PANGANAI m Shona
Means "to consult or advise each other" in Shona.
PARADZAI m Shona
Paradzai means "destroy". This is possibly addressing an adversary challenging them to destroy what you have if they can".
PETINA f Shona
The name of the Zimbabwian writer Petina Gappah.
PIKIRAYI m Shona
Vow to it. Promise. "Name of a Zimbabwean journalist Pikirayi Deketeke".
RAVIRO f Shona
Means "promise, oath or pledge" in Shona.
REGAI m Shona
Regai means "Let it be, leave it alone"
REVAI m & f Shona
Means "Talk or gossip about". This is a name given to address neighbours that continue to gossip about your family
RUREGERERO m Shona
Ruregerero means "Forgiveness". This name may be given by a parent seeking forgiveness
RUVHENEKO m & f Shona
Means "Enlightenment". This name is a declaration that we have seen or received enlightenment or better circumstances
SARUDZAI f Shona
Means "Be selective or discriminate". #Depending on circumstances the name may be a call to be selective in what you do or maybe blaming someone for being discriminating"
SIMBISO f Shona
Means "One who strengthens or source of encouragement".
TANAKA m & f Shona
Means "we are good, we are blessed" in Shona.
TANYARADZWA f Shona
Means "we have been consoled", "we have found comfort" in Shona, often bestowed upon a girl born after a tragedy or difficulty, she being the source of consolation or comfort; the implied meaning is "blessing, godsend".
TAVAZIVA m Shona
Tavaziva means "We know them". This name is given in a feuding situation to say we know who the enemy is
TENDESO f & m Shona (Rare)
Can mean "faith" or some may use it as meaning something used to give thanks
TINAYE m Shona
Tinaye means "We have got him or her". Former Manicaland Provincial Governor Tinaye Chigudu is one well known bearer of this name.
TIRIVANHU m Shona
Means "We are people". This name says do not look down upon us or take us for granted, we are human like you
TIRIVASHE m & f Shona
Means "We belong to the Lord". #This is a Christian name for believers declaring their loyalty to God".
TIZIRAI m Shona
Means "Run to". This refers to running to take refuge in
TODINI m & f Shona
Means "What shall we do?". This is a name of exclamation or questioning given by a parent who is lost regarding what to do in their circumstances
TOENDEPI m Shona
Means "Where shall we go". #This name is given where a family has grievances against their neighbours and desire to move away".
TOPERESU f & m Shona
"Flaming sword" believed to be used by the kings
TOREVEI m & f Shona
Means "What shall we say?". This is a name of exclamation or questioning given by a parent who is a lost for words regards the situation they are in
UPENYU m Shona
Upenyu means "life". This may be given by a parent meditating over the circumstances of life.
VARAIDZO m Shona
Varaidzo means "One who keeps company". This is given to acknowledge your child as one with whom you keep company. It is common to give this name to a child born in your later years
VONGAI f Shona
Means "Be thankful". This name is both a call to be thankful and an expression of gratitude.
VUSHEMADZORO m Shona
The name comes from Shona tribes in which KingShip was prevalent. This name was usually given to the chosen next bearer of the throne. The name means the Kingship turnover, i.e. the practice of succeeding a leader... [more
ZIVANAI f & m Shona
Know each other. "meant for relatives to keep in touch"
ZONDAI f & m Shona
You may hate me. "A situational name where a family is telling it's enemies you may hate me all you want".
ZORORO f & m Shona
Rest. "May be speaking of a time of rest or peacefulness experienced by family around time of child's birth".
ZUVA f Shona
From the Shona word for "day, daylight, sun, sunlight."