are used in the countries of Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti in eastern Africa.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
BARRE m Somali
A name that comes from the Somali word bare which means "teacher." Barre was the last name (meaning the first name of the grandfather of) Mohamed Siad Barre (Somali spelling: Maxamed Siyaad Barre). Siad Barre was the military ruler and president of Somali from 1969 until 1991.
BEYDAAN f Somali
Somali feminine name taken directly from the ordinary vocabulary word for "almond", which is perhaps ultimately from Persian بادام
CAWIL m Somali
A name that means "replacement." A family may give the name to a male whose father or older brother has died.
CAWO f Somali
A name that comes from the Somali word cawo which means "luck." Outside of Somalia, Somalis may spell it as Awo.
CILMI m Somali
A name that derives from the word cilmi which means "knowledge" or "learning."
DIRIC m Somali
A name that comes from the Somali word diric which means "bold; fearless or daring." The name connotes courage or heroism. Outside of Somalia, a Somali person may spell the name as DIRI.
FAARAX m Somali
An old Somali name, not to be confused with the Arabic name Farah.
FAHMO f Somali
Means "understanding" in Somali directly from the Arabic root f-h-m
GEESI f Somali
Means "a courageous man, brave, hero" in Somali.
GUREY m Somali
A name that comes from the Somali word gurey, meaning "left-handed." This word is usually an adjective, but sometimes a name.
HABON f & m Somali (Rare), Spanish
This name means when everything comes together at the right time and the right place. Beautiful.
HIBAAQ f Somali
Derived from Arabic هِبَة (hiba)
meaning "gift, grant".
HOODO f Somali
This name comes from the Somali word hoodo which means "luck, fortunate." Somalis outside of Somalia may spell the name as Hodo.
IBRAAHIN m Somali (Archaic)
Somali form of ABRAHAM
, now perhaps archaic. This name was borne by Ibraahin Adeer (ruled late 17th century to mid-18th century), the first sultan of the Sultanate of the Geledi, a Somali kingdom that ruled parts of the Horn of Africa from the late 17th century to 1910.
IIMAAN f & m Somali
Somali form of IMAN
. One notable bearer of this name is Somalian-born American model Iman (born 1955).
JAMA m Somali
Usually given to boys born on the blessed Islamic day of Friday (jumu’ah). It is a common Somali male given name and typically, it is found in the Northern regions of Greater Somalia.
JAWAAHIR f Somali
Somali form of JAWAHIR
. One bearer is Somali-American model Jawaahir Axmed (born 1991), better known by her Americanized name of Jawahir Ahmed.
LIBAN m Arabic, Somali
The name Liban, meaning persevere in ancient arabic is prodominatley used in the northern region of Somalia (now Somaliland). Usually given to boys who are seen as handsome at birth.
MAGAN m Somali
Means "protection" or "refuge" in Somali.
MUSE m Somali
Somali form of MOSES
. This spelling is used outside of Somalia.
NALA f African, Somali, Popular Culture
An African feminine name meaning "us." A famous bearer is Nala, Simba's friend (and later wife) from Disney's 'The Lion King'.
NUUR f & m Arabic, Somali
Somali variant of NUR
, as well as an alternate transcription of Arabic نور (see NUR
RAAGE m Somali
Means "he who delayed at birth" in Somali.
ROOBLE m Somali
A Somali name that means "rain man" or "one who brings rain." The Somali word roob means "rain."
SAGAL f Somali
A name that derives from the word sagal which means morning rays of the sun during the rainy season.
SAMATAR m Somali
This Somali name means "doing good" or just "good."
SHARMAARKE m Somali
A name that means "see no evil" or "protect from evil." The prefix shar- means "evil."
SUDAYSI m Somali (Arabized, Modern)
Based on the name of sheikh Abdul Rahmane Ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Sudais, Imam of the great mosque of Mekka. Arab al-sudais means "the sixth".
UBAX f Somali
Means "flower" or "blossom" in Somali.
UGBAD f Somali
The meaning is a "Bouquet of Roses". It is a new name, people used it as a very advanced language term of the meaning.
WARSAME m Somali
Means "good news", derived from Somali war
meaning "information, news" and same
XALWO f Somali
Means "sweet" in Somali. It is the name of a Somali dessert.
XIRSI m Somali
This Somali name means "safeguard." The word xirsi also means "safeguard." The x in Somali is a voiceless pharyngeal fricative, a throaty sound that is not present in English. Somalis outside of Somalia may spell the name as HIRSI or HERSI.