South African Submitted Names

These name are used in the Republic of South Africa.
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ABONGILEmXhosa
Means "thankfulness" in Xhosa.
ADDINGTONmEnglish, 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".
AKEELAHfSouth African (Rare), English (Modern, Rare), Arabic
Variant of Akilah, notably used in the 2006 movie 'Akeelah and the Bee'
ALETTAfDutch, Swedish (Archaic), Afrikaans, Icelandic (Modern, Rare)
Dutch variant of Aleida and archaic Swedish diminutive of Alhet. ... [more]
ALZENAfIndonesian (Rare), South African (Rare)
Possibly derived from Arabic النِسَاء‎ (an-nisāʾ) meaning "the woman".
AMOHELANGmSotho
Means "receive" in Sotho.
AMORÉfAfrikaans (Modern)
Afrikaans form of Amore.
ANDISIWEfXhosa
Means "extension" in Xhosa.
ANDRICIAfSouth African
greek, meaning "strong"
ANDZILEm & fTsonga
Means "multiplied and increased" in Xitsonga.
ANELEm & fZulu
Means "be enough; be sufficient; be adequate" in Zulu.
ANKIAfSouth African, Various
Possible diminutive of ANNA, ANKE, or ANNIKA meaning, "grace."
ANNELINEfAfrikaans, Dutch, French (Archaic)
Variant of Annelien as well as an archaic French diminutive of Anne found up to the 1700s in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.
ANOESCHKAfDutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Variant of Anuschka. This is borne by Namibian author Anoeschka von Meck (1967-).
AYAKHAmXhosa
Means "they build" in Xhosa.
AZELLEfAfrikaans (Rare), English (Rare)
Possibly a feminization of Azel.
BABSIEfSouth African
Short and familiar form of Barbara.
BAFANAmZulu
This name is derived from abafana, the plural form of umfana meaning "boy, young man."
BANELEmNdebele
Means "boys are enough" in Ndebele.
BAZAfSouth African
medal, trophy
BEAUTYfEnglish, Popular Culture, South African
From the English word "beauty", ultimately derived from Latin bellus, "beautiful".... [more]
BEHATIfAfrikaans
Name of the Namibian fashion model Behati Prinsloo (b. 1989). She said it was a German name, meaning "blessing", so it is possibly a modern Afrikaans variant of Beata or Beate.
BEKEZELAfNdebele
Means "be patient" in Ndebele.
BHEKIZIZWEmZulu
Means "look after the nations" in Zulu.
BHEKUMBUSOmZulu (Rare)
Means "look after the kingdom", from Zulu bheka "look after" and umbuso "kingdom, dominion".
BOKANGfSotho
Means "praise" or "rejoice" in Sotho.
BONGIfSouth 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.
BONGINKOSImZulu
Means "thanksgiving" in Zulu.
BRUNELDAfAfrikaans, Italian
Variant form of Brunilda, which is the Italian form of Brünhild. This name is also frequently used in South Africa.
BURGERmDutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare), West Frisian (Archaic)
Dutch, Afrikaans and West Frisian form of the ancient Germanic name Burghar.... [more]
BUSISIWEfZulu
Means "blessed" in Zulu.
BUTHOmNdebele
Means "soldier" in Ndebele.
CACILEfNdebele
Means "clear" in Ndebele.
CALEYfAmerican (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.
CASHILEfZulu (Rare)
This name may be derived from cashisa meaning "conceal, hide."... [more]
CASTERfSouth African
Possibly a variant of Castor.
CEBISAfXhosa, Southern African
Means "advice" in Xhosa.
CÉZANNEf & mEnglish, 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.
CHARLmSouth African
South African form of CHARLES. Notable bearers include Charl Willoughby, cricket player and Charl Schwartzel, golf player.
CHRISZETTEfAfrikaans
Compound name of Christine and Suzette.
COLLIENfGerman (Modern, Rare), Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Possibly a variant of the English name Colleen.
CONFIDENCEfEnglish (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.
CORLIfAfrikaans
Diminutive of Cornelia.
DAWIEmAfrikaans
Related to David and is the Afrikaans version of David mostly used in South Africa.
DAWONKOmSouth African
scholarly boy from a broken home
DINEOfSotho
Means "gifts" or "talents" in Sotho.
DOLINDEfFrench (Archaic), Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Archaic French vernacular form of Adelinde found in the Poitou-Charentes region. Today, the name Dolinde is occasionally found in the Netherlands and in Afrikaans-speaking South Africa. In this case, however, the origin of the name is uncertain; it might be an adoption of the French name, but it is equally possible that it is a modern coinage, perhaps based on Dolly and names that end in -linde.
DONATIONmSouth African, English (Puritan)
From the word donation, meaning "an act or instance of presenting something as a gift, grant, or contribution."
DYSHIKIfSouth African
South African meaning One who Likes Candy
ELNAfSwedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans
Southern Swedish form of Elin as well as a Danish and Dutch short form of Helena and a Danish contracted form of Eleonora.
EMMARENTIAfAfrikaans
Variant of Emerentia influenced by Emma.
ERCOmWest 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.
ESIHLEm & fZulu, Xhosa, Southern African
Means "beautiful, good" in Zulu and Xhosa.
EZROMmSouth African
Likely a variant of Hezron.
FANYANAmZulu
From Zulu umfanyana/abafanyana meaning "little boy".
FUNANIf & mZulu (Rare)
Means "want!" or "search!" in Zulu.
GATSHAmZulu (Rare)
Masculine Zulu name derived from igatsha meaning "branch".
GAZINImZulu
Zulu masculine name meaning "blood".
GERHARDUSmAfrikaans
Afrikaans form of Gerard.
GOODWILLmZulu, 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]
GUGUfXhosa
Means "our pride" in Xhosa. A famous bearer is actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
GUGUfZulu
From Zulu igugu meaning "precious".
HANNCHENfAfrikaans
Hannchen is from German origin derived from Johanna or Hanna with the same meaning. ... [more]
HANNELEENfDutch, Flemish, Afrikaans
Combination of Hanne and Leen.
HANSIEmAfrikaans
Short form of Johannes.
HENRICOmInterlingua, Afrikaans
Interlingua form of Henry.
HENTIEfSouthern African, Afrikaans
Afrikaans diminutive of Henriette.
IGMARmAfrikaans
Afrikaans. Combination of his mother and fathers name. Siegfried and Marieta. Ig and Mar. Combined Igmar
ILANEfSouth African, Brazilian
Problably a feminine form to Ilan.
IMKAfDutch, Afrikaans, German
Diminutive of Ime.
INYONIfZulu
Derived from Zulu inyoni meaning "bird".
ISAKImNdebele
Ndebele form of Isaac.
ISISAfZulu
"Isisa" meaning "The Tenderness" in Zulu.
IVERISAfSouth African (Rare, ?)
Possibly a variant of the Norwegian name Iverise.
JABULANImNdebele, Zulu
Means "enjoy" or "be happy all" in Ndebele and "rejoice" in Zulu.
JABULILEfZulu
Means "she is happy" in Zulu.
JADINEfEnglish (Modern), Afrikaans (Rare)
Perhaps intended to be a feminine variant of Jaden, or possibly an elaborated form of Jade.
JEANIQUEfFrench (Rare), Dutch (Rare), Flemish (Rare), Walloon (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
A blend of Jeanne with any feminine name ending in -ique, such as Monique and Véronique. Also compare Janique.
JOMEINfSouth African
The name was created by combining two family names; Johanna (common first name) and Meintjies (surname). The meaning of the name unknown.
JONATHENAfSouth African, American
Feminine form of Jonathan, possibly influenced by Athena.
JUANÉfAfrikaans
Feminine variant of Juane.
KAMANTHAfSouth African
Possibly an invented name, a combination of Kam and Samantha.
KAMOHELOm & fSotho
Sotho name meaning "acceptance" or "welcome".
KANANELOf & mSotho
Means "approval" or "appreciation" in Sotho.
KEALEBOAmSotho
Means "thank you" in Sotho.
KEITUMETSEfTswana, Setswana, South African
Means "I am happy", or "I am thankful".
KENEOUEfSotho (Rare)
Means "I have been given" in Sotho.
KGABUm & fAfrican, Zulu
A Zulu name meaning "to decorate richly"
KHANYISILEfZulu (Modern)
Means "bringer of light" in Zulu.
KHANYISOmXhosa
Means "light" in Xhosa.
KHAUHELOf & mSotho
Means "pity" or "compassion" in Sotho.
KHETHIWEfAfrican, Zulu
Means "chosen, the one who is chosen" in Zulu.
KHOSImSotho
Means "king" in Sotho.
KHOTHATSOfSotho
Means "encouragement" in Sotho.
KHULEKANIfZulu
Means "salute" in Zulu.
KHWEZIm & fZulu
Means "bright morning star" in Zulu.
KORESmAfrikaans
Afrikaans form of Cyrus.
KUBANTHREEfSouth African, Indian
South Africans of Indian origin... [more]
KUTLOISISOf & mSotho (Rare)
Means "understanding" in Sotho.
LANDIfAfrikaans
Short from of Yolandi. This name is borne by South African model Landi Swanepoel (b. 1979).
LANGAmZulu
"the sun"
LAURIENNEfFrench (Rare), French (Quebec, Rare), Afrikaans (Rare), Dutch (Rare), Flemish (Rare), Walloon (Rare)
French form of Lauriana, which is occasionally used in non-francophone countries. Also compare the masculine counterpart Laurien.
LAURIKAfSouth African
Am elaboration of Laura.... [more]
LEABUAmSotho
Means "one who speaks" in Sotho.
LEANDRIfAfrikaans
Possibly a variant of Leandra.
LEBOHANGmSotho
Means "be thankful" in Sotho.
LEHLOHONOLOmSotho, South African
Means "luck" or "blessing" in Sotho.
LETSATSImSotho
Means "sun" in Sotho.
LEWATLEmSotho
Means "ocean" in Sotho.
LIANDRIfAfrikaans (Rare)
Meaning, Precious Gift
LIBOKOfSotho
Means "praises" in Sotho.
LIHLEfXhosa
African
LIKOTSImSotho
Means "accidents" in Sotho.
LIMPOPOm & fSouth African
From the name of the river in South Africa.
LINDAmZulu
This name means "wait!" (note that this is the imperative singular form of -linda)
LINDELANIfSotho, Zulu
Means "wait, be patient" in Sotho and Zulu.
LISEBOfSotho
Means "whispers" in Sotho.
LITŠEHOfSotho
Means "laughter" in Sotho.
LITŠEHOANAm & fSotho
Means "little laughter" in Sotho.
LIYABONAfXhosa
Means "it sees" in Xhosa.
LIYANAfZulu, English (Modern, Rare)
Directly taken from Zulu liyana "it is raining". As an English name, it is a variant of Liana.
LODEWIKUSmAfrikaans
Afrikaans (i.e. South African) form of Ludovicus, inspired in its spelling by the Dutch name Lodewijk.
LOUWmDutch, Afrikaans
Dutch variant spelling of Lau (which is more phonetical in nature), and Afrikaans nickname for Lodewikus.
LUKHONAm & fZulu (Modern)
"its available"
LUPHELOmXhosa
Means "the end" in Xhosa.
LUPHUMLOmXhosa
Means "rest" in Xhosa.
LUXONmSouth African
Transferred use of the surname Luxon.
LWANDLEf & mTsonga, Zulu
Means "ocean" in Zulu and Tsonga.
LWAZImSouth African, Zulu
Means "knowledge" in Zulu.
MAHOMEDmSouth African
Form of Muhammad used by South African Muslims.
MALETSATSIfSotho
Means "sun" or "day" in Sotho.
MANDELAm & fXhosa
Surname given in honour of Nelson Mandela, South African revolutionary hero and statesman. His surname is one used by Thembu royalty.