Shona Submitted Names

Shona names are used by the Shona people of Zimbabwe.
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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".
AYANDA f Shona
Means "we are many" in Shona.
BANGA m Shona
Means "knife" or "sword" in Shona. Banga is the name of a Ngbandi god of water.
BONGAI f Shona
Means "be thankful" in a Shona dialect.
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
CHAMIRAI m Shona
Means "be focused and diligent" in Shona.
CHENGETAI m & f African, Shona
To protect/to take care of
CHENJERAI m Shona
Chenjerai means "Be on guard, wisen up". Chenjerai Hunzvi the Zimbabwean Freedom Fighter is one bearer of this name.
CHENZIRA m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "born on a journey" in Shona.
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.
CHIVIMBISO f Shona
Means "the promise" in Shona.
CHOKWADI m Shona
Means "truth" in Shona.
DADIRAI f Shona
Means "show off" in Shona.
DANAI f Shona
Means "loving each other" in Shona.
DANANAI m & f Shona
Means "love each other" in Shona.
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.
FADZAI f Shona
make happy/ please
FADZISO f Shona
Means "one who brings happiness" in Shona.
FIRIPI m Shona
Shona form of Philip.
FUNGANAYI m Shona
Means "remember each other" in Shona.
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
IBWE m Shona
Means "stone builder" in Shona.
IDAI f Shona
Means "love them" in Shona.
IRIKIDZAI f Shona
Means "to add to" in Shona.
IRIKIDZAYI m Shona
Means "add another one" in Shona.
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... [more]
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.
KUDAKWASHE m & f Shona
Means "the Lord's will" in Shona.
KUDZAI m & f Shona
Means "respect" in Shona.
KUDZOKA f Shona
Means "to come back" in Shona.
KUNDAI f Shona
Means "overcome" in Shona.
KUTENDA f & m Shona
Means "faith" or "to thank" in Shona.
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".
MAKATENDEKA m & f Shona
Means "you are faithful (to God)" in Shona.
MAKOMBORERO f Shona
Means "blessings" in Shona.
MANATSA m Shona
Means "you have made perfect" in Shona.
MASIMBA m Shona
Means "powers, energy" in Shona. Other meanings are possible.
MASVITA f Shona
Means "thank you" in Shona.
MAWANIKWA f Southern African, Shona
Means "you have been found" and "married" in Shona.
MAZVITA f Shona
Means "we are grateful" or "many thanks" in Shona.
MIRAI f Shona
Means "wait" 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.
MUFARO f Shona
Means "happiness" in Shona.
MUNATSI m Shona
Means "one who makes perfect" in Shona.
MUNESU f & m Shona
Means "God is with us" or "God is within us" in Shona.
MUNEYINAZVO f & m Shona
Means "what have you to do with it" in Shona.
MUSANETE m African, Shona
Means "do not get tired" in Shona.
MUTSA f Shona
Means "mercy" in Shona.
MWAITAISHE f & m Shona
Means "Thank you God" 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.
NGONI m Shona
Ngoni means "Mercy or kindness".
NGWARAI m Shona
Ngwarai means "Be diligent, wisen up, be on guard".
NHORO m Shona
Means "antelope" in Shona.
NOKUTENDA m & f Shona
Means "with gratitude (associated with faith in God)" in Shona.
NUNURAI m & f Shona
Means "rescue" or "save us" in Shona.
NYADZAYO m & f Shona
Zimbabwean
NYARADZO f Shona
Means "peacemaker" or "comforter" in Shona.
NYASHA f Shona
Means "merciful" 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
PAIDAMOYO f & m Shona (Modern)
What the heart desired was granted
PANGANAI m Shona
Means "to consult or advise each other" in Shona.
PANGANAYI m Shona
Variant of Panganai.
PARADZAI m Shona
Paradzai means "destroy". This is possibly addressing an adversary challenging them to destroy what you have if they can".
PEMBERAI m Shona
Means "celebrate" in Shona.
PETINA f Shona
The name of the Zimbabwian writer Petina Gappah.
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
ROPAFADZO f Shona
Means "blessing from God" in Shona.
RUGARE m Shona
Means "peace, well being" in Shona.
RUKARIRO f & m Shona
Means "hope" in Shona.
RUNAKO m & f Shona
Means "beauty" in Shona.
RUNYARARO f Shona
Means "peace" in Shona.
RURAMAI m & f Shona
Means "be righteous" in Shona.
RUREGERERO m Shona
Ruregerero means "Forgiveness". This name may be given by a parent seeking forgiveness.
RUVA f Shona
Means "flower" in Shona.
RUVARASHE f Shona
Means "the Lord's flower" in Shona.
RUVHENEKO m & f Shona
Means "Enlightenment". This name is a declaration that we have seen or received enlightenment or better circumstances
RUVIMBO f Shona
Means "trust" in Shona.
RUWADZANO f Shona
Means "togetherness" in Shona.
SAMERE m Shona
Shona form of Samuel.
SAMERO m Shona
Shona form of Samuel.
SAMHURI m Shona
Means "family head" in Shona.
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"
SHAMISO f Shona
Means "amazing" in Shona.
SHINGIRAYI f & m Shona
Means "be strong" in Shona.
SHUNGUDZEMWOYO m Shona
Means "yearnings of the heart" in Shona.
SIMBARASHE m Shona
Means "power of God" in Shona
SIMBISO f Shona
Means "One who strengthens or source of encouragement".
SIMUKAI m Shona
Means "rise up" in Shona.
TADAIRAISHE m & f Shona (Anglicized, Rare)
Those who answered God's call/agreed or believed in God's word
TADIWANASHE m & f Shona
Zimbabwean name....it mean God is proud of us
TADIWANASHE m Shona
Means "God loves us" in Shona.
TAFARA m Shona
We are happy
TAFUMA m Shona
We are now rich, we are enriched
TAGUTSWA m Shona
Means "we are pleased" in Shona.
TAKAWIRA m Shona
Means "we have fallen" in Shona.
TAKUDZWA m Shona
Means "we have been honoured" in Shona.
TAMAYI m & f Shona
Means "move from here" in Shona.
TAMUDA m Shona
Means "we love him" in Shona.
TANAKA m & f Shona
Means "we are good, we are blessed" in Shona.
TANAKISWA m & f Shona
Means "we have been blessed" in Shona.
TANATSWA m & f Shona
Means "we have been perfected" 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".
TATADZEIKO f Shona
Means "what wrong have we done?" in Shona.
TAURAYI m & f Shona
Means "speak out, speak up!" in Shona.
TAUYA m & f Shona
Means "we have come" in Shona.
TAVAZIVA m Shona
Tavaziva means "We know them". This name is given in a feuding situation to say we know who the enemy is.
TAWANANYASHA m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "we have found mercy" in Shona.
TERERAI m & f Shona
Means "listen, pay attention" in Shona.
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.
TINOPIWANASHE f Shona
Means "we are given by God" in Shona.
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".
TONDERAI m Shona
Means "remember" in Shona.
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
TSITSI f Shona
Means "mercy" in Shona.
TSUNGIRIRAI m Shona
Means "perseverance" in Shona.
TUTSIRAI m Shona
Means "add to what's already there" in Shona.
UNASHE m & f Shona
Means "God is with you" in Shona.
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.
VIMBAINASHE f Shona
Means "have faith in God" in Shona.
VIMBO f Shona
Means "faith, trust" in Shona.
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]
WADZANAI m & f Shona
Means "be in cordial fellowship" in Shona.
WEDZERAI f Shona
Means "add onto" in Shona.
WENYASHA m & f Shona
Means "merciful" in Shona.
YAKACHENA f Shona
Name that means "Pure"
YEMURAI f Shona
Means "appreciate" in Shona.
YEUKAI f Shona
Means "remember" in Shona.
ZADZISAI m & f Shona
Means "fulfill" in Shona.
ZARANYIKA m Shona
Means "populate the world" in Shona.
ZENDAYA f African American, Shona
Variant of Tendai. A famous bearer is Zendaya Coleman (1996-) (mononymously known as Zendaya) an American actress, singer, and dancer.
ZIVAI m Shona
Means "know" in Shona.
ZVICHANZII m & f Shona
Means "what is it?" in Shona.
ZVIDZAI m Shona
Means "despise, look down upon" in Shona.
ZVIKOMBORERO f Shona
Means "blessings" in Shona.