South African Submitted Names

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ABIGAJIL f Norwegian (Rare, Archaic), Swedish (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare), Danish (Rare)
Variant of ABIGAIL used in the Norwegian translation of the Bible.
Means "thankfulness" in Xhosa.
ADDINGTON m English, South African
From a surname which comes from either of the Old English place names Eaddingtūn, meaning "EADDA's town", or Æddingtūn, "Æddi's town".
AKEELAH f South African (Rare), English (Modern, Rare), Arabic
Variant of AKILAH, notably used in the 2006 movie 'Akeelah and the Bee'
ALETTA f Dutch, Swedish (Archaic), Afrikaans, Icelandic (Modern, Rare), Hungarian
Archaic Swedish diminutive of ALHET and Dutch variant of ALEIDA as well as a Hungarian adoption of the Dutch name... [more]
ALUWANI m & f Venda
Means "be prosperous" or "grow up" in Tshivenda.
ALZENA f Indonesian (Rare), South African (Rare)
Possibly derived from Arabic النِسَاء‎ (an-nisāʾ) meaning "the woman".
AMILE m Zulu
something keeping a structural holding making sure things are balanced in life.
AMOGELANG m & f South African, Sotho, Tswana
Means "welcome, receive or accept the child or situation".
Means "receive" in Sotho.
AMORÉ f Afrikaans (Modern)
Afrikaans form of AMORE.
AMUKELANI m & f African, Tsonga
Means "acceptance" in Tsonga.
Means "extension" in Xhosa.
ANDRICIA f South African
greek, meaning "strong"
ANDZILE m & f Tsonga
Means "multiplied and increased" in Xitsonga.
ANEKE f Afrikaans
Variant of ANNEKE.
ANELE m & f Zulu
Means "be enough; be sufficient; be adequate" in Zulu.
ANNELINE f Afrikaans, Dutch, French (Archaic), Danish, Norwegian
Dutch and Afrikaans variant of ANNELIEN as well as a Danish and Norwegian combination of Anne and LINE (and thus a cognate of ANNELIEN) as well as a Danish, Norwegian and archaic French diminutive of Anne found up to the 1700s in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.
ANOESCHKA f Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Variant of ANUSCHKA. This is borne by Namibian author Anoeschka von Meck (1967-).
Meaning “they are perfect” or “they are complete” in Xhosa. Often given to the last child in Xhosa families.
Means "reply" in Sotho.
AVHATENDI m & f Venda
Means "they do not believe" in Tshivenda.
AYAKHA m Xhosa
Means "they build" in Xhosa.
AZELLE f Afrikaans (Rare), English (Rare)
Possibly a feminization of AZEL.
AZWIANEWI m & f Venda
Means "something that cannot be told" in Tshivenda.
Means "unforgettable" in Tshivenda.
BABSIE f South African
Short and familiar form of BARBARA.
Derived from Zulu abafana, the plural form of umfana, meaning "boy, young man."
BANELE m Ndebele
Means "boys are enough" in Ndebele.
BARTHO m Dutch, Afrikaans
Short form of BARTHOLOMEUS. Notable bearers of this name include the Dutch actor Bartho Braat (b. 1950) and the South African writer Bartho Smit (1924-1986).
Means "ladies" in Sotho.
BAZA f South African
medal, trophy
BEAUTY f English, Popular Culture, South African
From the English word "beauty", ultimately derived from Latin bellus, "beautiful".... [more]
BEHATI f Afrikaans
Possibly an Afrikaans variant of BEATA. It is the name of Namibian fashion model Behati Prinsloo (b. 1989).
Means "glittering" in Zulu.
BEKEZELA f Ndebele
Means "be patient" in Ndebele.
BERTHA f Sotho (Modern)
Sepedi name.... [more]
BHEKANI m Zulu, Ndebele
Means "look" in Zulu and Ndebele.
Means "to be careful, cautious" in Zulu.
Means "look for hope" in Zulu.
Means "watch the educated ones" in Zulu.
Means "look after the nations" in Zulu.
BHEKUMBUSO m Zulu (Rare)
Means "look after the kingdom", from Zulu bheka "look after" and umbuso "kingdom, dominion".
BOKAMOSO m & f South African, Sotho
Means "future".
BOKANG f Sotho
Means "praise" or "rejoice" in Sotho.
BONGI f South African
This is the name of Bongi Makeba who was a South African singer/songwriter. She was the only child of singer Miriam Makeba with her first husband, James Kubay.
Means "thanksgiving" in Zulu.
BRON m English (Modern, Rare), South African (Rare)
Transferred use of the surname BRON or perhaps a truncated form of LEBRON.
BRUNELDA f Afrikaans, Italian
Variant form of BRUNILDA, which is the Italian form of BRÜNHILD. This name is also frequently used in South Africa.
BUANG f Sotho
Means "speak" or "chat" in Sesotho.
BUCHULE m & f Xhosa
Means "skills; cleverness" in Xhosa.
BURGER m Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare), West Frisian (Archaic)
Dutch, Afrikaans and West Frisian form of the ancient Germanic name BURGHAR.... [more]
Means "blessed" in Zulu.
BUTHO m Ndebele
Means "soldier" in Ndebele.
CACILE f Ndebele
Means "clear" in Ndebele.
CALEY f American (Modern, Rare), South African (Modern, Rare)
Variant of KAYLEE, or from an English surname meaning "jackdaw clearing" or from an Irish surname which is an altered form of MACAULEY.
CASHILE f Zulu (Rare)
Possibly derived from cashisa meaning "conceal, hide."
CASTER f South African
Possibly a variant of CASTOR.
CAZIMIRA f Afrikaans (Rare)
Feminine form of CAZIMIR.
CEBISA f Xhosa, Southern African
Means "advice" in Xhosa.
CÉZANNE f & m English, Afrikaans
From the French artist, Paul Cézanne. This name is sometimes used as a feminine name by Afrikaners in South Africa due to its similarity to SUZANNE.
CHARL m South African
South African form of CHARLES. Notable bearers include Charl Willoughby, cricket player and Charl Schwartzel, golf player.
CHRISELDA f Afrikaans, South African, Filipino
Presumably a variant of GRISELDA, influenced by names beginning with "Chris-", such as CHRISTINE.
CHRISZETTE f Afrikaans
Compound name of CHRISTINE and SUZETTE.
CHRIZTIE f Southern African, Afrikaans, English
Diminutive of CHRIZANNE and CHRIZANNA. Also used as a variant of CHRISTIE (1).
CHRIZTY f Southern African, Afrikaans, English
Diminutive of CHRIZANNE and CHRIZANNA. Also used as a variant of CHRISTY (1).
CHRIZZIE f Southern African, Afrikaans, English
Diminutive of CHRIZANNE, or sometimes CHRIZANNA. Also used as a variant of CHRISSIE.
CHRIZZY f Southern African, Afrikaans, English
Diminutive of CHRIZANNE, or sometimes CHRIZANNA. Also used as a variant of CHRISSY.
CONFIDENCE f English (Puritan), South African
Meaning, "the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust." Referring to the confidence one may have in God.
CORLIA f Afrikaans
Contracted form of CORNELIA.
CRISKE f Afrikaans
Merging of the names Christen and Marike.
DAKALO m & f Venda
Means "happiness" in Tshivenda.
DANÉ f Afrikaans
Variant of DANAË.
DAWIE m Afrikaans
Related to David and is the Afrikaans version of DAVID mostly used in South Africa.
DELA f Zulu (Rare)
Dela. in Zulu it means to become whole, to feel complete and satisfied.
Means "flutter" in Zulu.
DILIVIO m Afrikaans (Rare), Dutch (Surinamese, Rare)
Since this name is also found written as Di Livio, it is probably a combination of the Italian preposition di meaning "of" with the given name LIVIO... [more]
DINEO f Sotho
Means "gifts" or "talents" in Sotho.
DOLINDE f French (Archaic), Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Archaic French vernacular form of ADELINDE found in the Poitou-Charentes region. Today, the name is occasionally found in the Netherlands and in Afrikaans-speaking South Africa... [more]
DONATION m South African, English (Puritan)
From the word donation, meaning "an act or instance of presenting something as a gift, grant, or contribution."
DYSHIKI f South African
South African meaning One who Likes Candy
Means "in the morning" in Zulu.
ELIZE f Dutch, Afrikaans
Variant of ELISE.
ELIZMA f Afrikaans
Contraction of ELIZABETH MARIA.
ELNA f Afrikaans
Contraction of ELISABETH and HELENA.
ELSABE f Afrikaans
Afrikaans variation of Elizabeth.
ELZABÉ f Afrikaans
Variant of ELSABE (compare ELZEBE).
ḒEMBE m & f Venda
Means "miracle" in Tshivenda.
EMMARENTIA f Afrikaans
Variant of EMERENTIA influenced by EMMA.
Means "rejoice" in Zulu.
ENZOKUHLE m & f South African, Zulu, Xhosa
Means "expected to do great things" in Zulu and Xhosa.
ERCO m West Frisian (Rare), Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Variant spelling of Erko, which is most likely a diminutive of ERK. Also compare ERCKEN and Herko, which is a variant of HERKE.
ESASA f Zulu
Means "be happy" in Zulu.
ESIHLE m & f Zulu, Xhosa, Southern African
Means "beautiful, good" in Zulu and Xhosa.
ESULU m & f Ndebele
Means "clouds" in Ndebele.
Means "surprise" in Zulu.
Means "gift" in Zulu.
Means "start anew" in Zulu.
EVANGELIQUE f Afrikaans (Rare), English (American, Rare)
Cognate of ÉVANGÉLIQUE, which is usually used in non-francophone regions and countries.
EZROM m South African
Likely a variant of HEZRON.
Means "give power" in Xitsonga.
From Zulu umfanyana, abafanyana meaning "little boy".
Means "beyond the end" in Sotho.
FHAṰUWANI m & f Venda
Means "be careful, aware" in Tshivenda.
Means "be hopeful" in Tshivenda.
FHULUFHELO m & f Venda
Means "hope" in Tshivenda.
FIKILE f Tsonga
Means "arrived" in Tsonga.
FUNANI f & m Zulu (Rare)
Means "want!" or "search!" in Zulu.
Means "wave" in Zulu.
GATSHA m Zulu (Rare)
From Zulu igatsha meaning "branch".
Means "blood" in Zulu.
GERHARDUS m Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of GERARD.
GINIEL m Afrikaans
Giniel de Villiers is a South African rallye driver and winner of Rallye Dakar 2009.
GOODWILL m Zulu, South African, Literature
Derives from the Medieval English gode meaning "good", plus will, "wish or desire", and was originally given as a complimentary nickname to an amiable person, favourably disposed towards others... [more]
GRIZELDA f English (Rare), Hungarian (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare), Kashubian
Hungarian and Kashubian form and English and Afrikaans variant of GRISELDA. The English usage may have been influenced by GRIZEL.
GUGU f Xhosa
Means "our pride" in Xhosa. A famous bearer is actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
GUGU f Zulu
From Zulu igugu meaning "precious".
HADIBABA m South African
The meaning of this is name is ambitions ... [more]
HANNALIE f Afrikaans
Contraction of Hanna and ELISABETH.
HANNCHEN f Afrikaans, German (Rare)
Hannchen is a German diminutive of JOHANNA, HANNA, HANNELORE, or another name containing *hann*.... [more]
HANNELEEN f Dutch, Flemish, Afrikaans
Combination of Hanne and LEEN.
HANNELI f Finnish, Estonian, Afrikaans
Finnish variant of HANNELE.
HANNELIE f Afrikaans
Contraction of Hanne and ELISABETH.
HANNELIZE f South African
Altered form of ANNELIESE (compare HANNELORE, CHARLIZE).
HANSIE m Afrikaans
Short form of JOHANNES.
HENRICO m Interlingua, Afrikaans
Interlingua form of HENRY.
HENTIE f Southern African, Afrikaans
Afrikaans diminutive of HENRIETTE.
HILKA f Low German, German (Rare), Frisian, Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans
Originally a diminutive of names beginning with or containing the element hild-, used as a given name in its own right.
HLOMLA f Xhosa
To comment on something
Means "respect" in Sesotho.
HULISANI m & f Venda
Means "respect" in Tshivenda.
Means "lion" in Zulu.
IGMAR m Afrikaans
Afrikaans. Combination of his mother and fathers name. Siegfried and Marieta. Ig and Mar. Combined Igmar
IJUBA f Zulu
Commonly it is meaning Dove or Peace. Less common in means storm or fighting. It also means freedom in some local tribes. It is said many years ago a great war loomed. Fighting had started but one warrior championed the cause of peace and unity... [more]
IKUSASA f & m Zulu
Means "destiny" in Zulu.
ILANE f South African, Brazilian
Problably a feminine form to ILAN.
IMBASA f & m Zulu
Means "star" in Zulu.
IMKA f Dutch, Afrikaans, German
Diminutive of IME.
Means "intelligence" in Zulu.
Derived from Zulu inyoni meaning "bird".
IQAQA m Zulu
Means "polecat" in Zulu.
ISAKI m Ndebele
Ndebele form of ISAAC.
ISISA f Zulu
Means "the tenderness" in Zulu.
IVERISA f South African (Rare, ?)
Possibly a variant of the Norwegian name IVERISE.
IZETT f Afrikaans
Variant of IZETTE.
IZETTE f Afrikaans
Variant of ISETTE.
IZULA f Zulu
Means "nomad" in Zulu.
JABULANI m Ndebele, Zulu
Means "enjoy" or "be happy all" in Ndebele and "rejoice" in Zulu.
Means "she is happy" in Zulu.
JADINE f English (Modern), Afrikaans (Rare)
Feminine variant of JADEN or an elaborated form of JADE.
JANCKE f Afrikaans
Afrikaans variant of Jane.
JEANIQUE f French (Rare), Dutch (Rare), Flemish (Rare), Walloon (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Blend of JEANNE with any feminine name ending in -ique, such as MONIQUE and VÉRONIQUE... [more]
JOALANE f Sotho, Tswana, Southern African
Derived from Sotho joala, meaning "alcohol". This name refers to the fact that the mother drank alcohol during pregnancy.
JOESOEF m Indonesian, Afrikaans (Rare)
Indonesian variant transcription of JUSUF (based on Dutch orthography) and Afrikaans form of JOSEPH.
JOHANIKA f Afrikaans (Rare)
Diminutive of JOHANNA (compare JOHANNEKE).
JOMARIE f Afrikaans
Contraction of JOHANNA MARIA.
JOMEIN f South African
The name was created by combining two family names; Johanna (common first name) and Meintjies (surname). The meaning of the name unknown.
JONASE m Sotho
Sesotho form of JONAH.
JONATHENA f South African, American
Feminine form of JONATHAN, possibly influenced by ATHENA.
JONNIE m Afrikaans
Diminutive of JOHAN.
JUANÉ f Afrikaans
Feminine variant of JUANE.
JUTKA f Hungarian, Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Originally a Hungarian diminutive of JUDIT and a Dutch diminutive of JUDITH, occasionally used as a given name in its own right.
JWANA f Sotho
Sotho form of JOHANNA.
KAMANTHA f South African
Possibly an invented name, a combination of KAM and SAMANTHA.
KAMOHELO m & f Sotho
Means "acceptance" or "welcome" in Sotho.
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