South African Submitted Names

These name are used in the Republic of South Africa.
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AANISAH   f   English (British, Rare), South African (Rare)
Variant transcription of Anisa.
ABONGILE   m   Xhosa
"they thanked"
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'
AKHONA   f & m   South African
ALETTA   f   Dutch, Swedish (Archaic), Afrikaans, Icelandic (Modern, Rare)
Dutch variant form of Aleida and archaic Swedish diminutive form of Alhet. ... [more]
ALLETTA   f   Dutch, Afrikaans, English
Variant of Aleta.
ALPHE   m   Zulu
Fresh crusty Serrie Leone Goon
ALZENA   f   Indonesian (Rare), South African (Rare)
Possibly derived from Arabic النِسَاء‎ (an-nisāʾ) meaning "the woman".
AMOHELANG   m   Sotho
Means "receive".
AMORÉ   f   Afrikaans (Modern)
Afrikaans form of Amore.
ANDISIWE   f   Xhosa
ANDRICIA   f   South African
greek, meaning "strong"
ANDZILE   m & f   Tsonga
multiplied and increased
ANEKE   f   Afrikaans
Variant of Anneke.
ANELE   m & f   Zulu
This name means "be enough/sufficient/adequate."
ANKIA   f   South African, Various
Possible diminutive of ANNA, ANKE, or ANNIKA meaning, "grace."
ANNELINE   f   Afrikaans, 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.
ANNINE   f   Norwegian, Danish, Afrikaans
Diminutive of Anna (i.e., a variant of Anina).
ANOESCHKA   f   Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Variant of Anuschka. This is borne by Namibian author Anoeschka von Meck (1967-).
ANTHON   m   Dutch, South African, Swedish
Variant of Anton.
AUBRIANO   m   South African (Rare)
Masculine form of Aubriana.
AWONKE   f   Xhosa
AYAKHA   m   Xhosa
"they build"
AZELLE   f   Afrikaans (Rare), English (Rare)
Possibly a feminization of Azel.
BAATSEBA   f & m   Sotho (Anglicized, Rare)
Sotho form of Bathsheba.
BABSIE   f   South African
Short and familiar form of Barbara.
BAFANA   m   Zulu
This name is derived from abafana, the plural form of umfana meaning "boy, young man."
BANELE   m   Ndebele
"Boys are enough"
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
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.
BEKEZELA   f   Ndebele
Means "be patient".
BERTHA   f   Sotho (Modern)
Sepedi name.... [more]
BHEKIZIZWE   m   South African, Zulu
Zulu meaning 'look after the nations'.
BHEKUMBUSO   m   Zulu (Rare)
This name means "look after the kingdom/dominion," which comes from isiZulu word roots bheka meaning "look after" and umbuso meaning "kingdom/dominion."
BOKANG   f   Sotho
Sotho feminine name meaning "praise" or "rejoice".
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.
BRUNELDA   f   Afrikaans, Italian
Variant form of Brunilda, which is the Italian form of Brünhild. This name is also frequently used in South Africa.
BURGER   m   Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare), West Frisian (Archaic)
Dutch, Afrikaans and West Frisian form of the ancient Germanic name Burghar.... [more]
BUTHO   m   Ndebele
Means "soldier".
CACILE   f   Ndebele
Means "clear".
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.
CALPHURNIA   f   South African (Rare)
Possibly a variant of Calpurnia.
CARDEL   m & f   African American, South African
Probably a variant of Cordell.
CAREL   m   South African
Variant of Carol.
CASHILE   f   Zulu (Rare)
This name may be derived from cashisa meaning "conceal, hide."... [more]
CASTER   f   South African
Possibly a variant spelling of Castor.
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.
CHARLE   m & f   South African, English
Variant of Charles.
CHERITY   f   South African
Variant of Charity.
CHRISTIEN   f   Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch form of Christine.
CHRISZETTE   f   Afrikaans
Compound name of Christine and Suzette.
COLLIEN   f   German (Modern, Rare), Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Possibly a variant of the English name Colleen.
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.
CORLI   f   Afrikaans
Diminutive of Cornelia.
DANÉ   f   Afrikaans
Variant of Danaë.
DAWIE   m   Afrikaans
Related to David and is the Afrikaans version of David mostly used in South Africa.
DAWONKO   m   South African
scholarly boy from a broken home
DINEO   f   Sotho
Feminine Sotho name meaning "gifts" or "talents".
DOLINDE   f   French (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.
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
ELIZE   f   Dutch, Afrikaans
Variant of Elise.
ELNA   f   Swedish, 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.
EMMARENTIA   f   Afrikaans
Variant of Emerentia influenced by Emma.
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.
ESCA   f   Afrikaans (Rare)
Likely a variant of Eska.
ESIHLE   m & f   Zulu, Xhosa, Southern African
Means "beautiful, good" in Zulu and Xhosa.
ESTIA   f   Greek (Rare), Afrikaans
Variant of Hestia.
EZROM   m   South African
Likely a variant of Hezron.
FANYANA   m   Zulu
From Zulu umfanyana/abafanyana meaning "little boy".
FUNANI   f & m   Zulu (Rare)
This name means "want!" or "search!" (note that the word is the imperative plural form of funa)
GATSHA   m   Zulu (Rare)
Masculine Zulu name derived from igatsha meaning "branch".
GAZINI   m   Zulu
Zulu masculine name meaning "blood".
GERHARDUS   m   Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Gerard.
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]
GUGU   f   Zulu
From Zulu igugu meaning "precious".
HANNELEEN   f   Dutch, Flemish, Afrikaans
A combination of the names Hanne and Leen.
HANNELI   f   Finnish, Afrikaans
Diminutive of Hanna.
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 English Henry.... [more]
HENTIE   f   Southern African, Afrikaans
Afrikaans diminutive of Henriette.
IGMAR   m   Afrikaans
Afrikaans. Combination of his mother and fathers name. Siegfried and Marieta. Ig and Mar. Combined Igmar
ILANE   f   South African, Brazilian
Problably a feminine form to Ilan.
IMKA   f   Dutch, Afrikaans, German
Diminutive of Ime.
INYONI   f   Zulu
Feminine Zulu given name derived from inyoni meaning "bird".
ISABEAU   f   History, French, Dutch, Afrikaans
Old French variant of Isabel. A famous bearer of this name was Isabeau of Bavaria (1385-1422, Isabeau de Bavière), wife of the French King Charles VI.
ISAKI   m   Ndebele
Ndebele form of Isaac.
ISISA   f   Zulu
"Isisa" meaning "The Tenderness" in Zulu.
IVERISA   f   South African (Rare, ?)
Possibly a variant of the Norwegian name Iverise.
JABULANI   m   Ndebele
Means "enjoy" or "be happy all".
JABULILE   f   Zulu
Zulu feminine name meaning "be cheerful, be happy".
JACO   m   Jewish, South African, Judeo-Spanish, African
Judeo-Spanish form of Yaakov
JACOMIE   f   Afrikaans
Variant of Jacomina.
JADINE   f   English (Modern), Afrikaans (Rare)
Perhaps intended to be a feminine variant of Jaden, or possibly an elaborated form of Jade.
JEANIQUE   f   French (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.
JOHANIKA   f   Afrikaans (Rare)
Diminutive of Johanna (compare Johanneke).
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.
JONATHENA   f   South African, American
Feminine form of Jonathan, possibly influenced by Athena.
JOZETTE   f   Dutch, Afrikaans, English
Variant of Josette.
JUANÉ   f   Afrikaans
Feminine variant of Juane.
KAMANTHA   f   South African
Possibly an invented name, a combination of Kam and Samantha.
KAMOHELO   m & f   Sotho
Sotho name meaning "acceptance" or "welcome".
KANANELO   f & m   Sotho
Sotho name meaning "approval" or "appreciation".
KEALEBOA   m   Sotho
Means "thank you".
KEITUMETSE   f   Tswana, Setswana, South African
Means "I am happy", or "I am thankful".
KENEOUE   f   Sotho (Rare)
Sotho name meaning "I have been given".
KGABU   m & f   African, Zulu
A Zulu name meaning "to decorate richly"
KHANYISILE   f   Zulu (Modern)
Means "bringer of light" in Zulu.
KHANYISO   m   Xhosa
KHAUHELO   f & m   Sotho
Means "pity" or "compassion" in Sotho.
KHETHIWE   f   African, Zulu
Zulu female name meaning "chosen", "the one who is chosen"
KHOSI   m   Sotho
Means "king" in Sesotho.
KHOTHATSO   f   Sotho
Sotho feminine name meaning "encouragement".
KHULEKANI   f   Zulu
Feminine Zulu given name meaning "salute".
KHWEZI   m & f   Zulu
Meaning "bright morning star".
KORES   m   Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Cyrus.
KUBANTHREE   f   South African, Indian
South Africans of Indian origin... [more]
KUTLOISISO   f & m   Sotho (Rare)
Sotho name meaning "understanding".
LAKHELA   f   Swazi
LAKIWE   f   Zulu
LANDI   f   Afrikaans
Short from of Yolandi. This name is borne by South African model Landi Swanepoel (b. 1979).
LANGA   m   Zulu
"the sun"
LAURIENNE   f   French (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.
LAURIKA   f   South African
Am elaboration of Laura.... [more]
LEABUA   m   Sotho
Means "one who speaks".
LEANDRI   f   Afrikaans
Possibly a variant of Leandra.
LEBOHANG   m   Sotho
Means "be thankful".
LEHLOHONOLO   m   Sotho, South African
Means "luck" or "blessing".
LETSATSI   m   Sotho
Means "sun" in Sesotho
LEVERNA   f   English (American), South African
Most likely a variant of Laverne.
LEWATLE   m   Sotho
Means "ocean".
LIANDRI   f   Afrikaans (Rare)
Meaning, Precious Gift
LIBOKO   f   Sotho
Means "praises" in Sotho.
LIHLE   f   Xhosa
LIKOTSI   m   Sotho
Means "accidents".
LIMPOPO   m & f   South African
From the name of the river in South Africa.
LINDA   m   Zulu
This name means "wait!" (note that this is the imperative singular form of -linda)
LINDELANI   f   Sotho
Sotho feminine name meaning "be patient".
LISEBO   f   Sotho
Means "whispers".
LITŠEHO   f   Sotho
Means "laughter".
LITŠEHOANA   m & f   Sotho
Sotho name meaning "little laughter".
LIYABONA   f   Xhosa
"it sees"
LIYANA   f   Zulu, English (Modern, Rare)
Directly taken from Zulu liyana "it is raining".... [more]
LODEWIKUS   m   Afrikaans
Afrikaans (i.e. South African) form of Ludovicus, inspired in its spelling by the Dutch name Lodewijk.
LOUW   m   Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch variant spelling of Lau (which is more phonetical in nature), and Afrikaans nickname for Lodewikus.
LUCHUMO   m & f   Xhosa
LUCRICIA   f   South African, English (American)
Presumably a variant of Lucretia.
LUKHONA   m & f   Zulu (Modern)
"its available"
LUNGELO   m & f   Zulu
LUPHELO   m   Xhosa
"the end"
LUPHUMLO   m   Xhosa
LUSEA   f   Afrikaans (Rare)
Variant of Lucea.
LUSINDA   f   English, South African
Variant of Lucinda.
LUTHANDO   m   Xhosa
LWANDLE   f & m   African, Zulu
Meaning "ocean" in Zulu... [more]
LWAZI   m   South African, Zulu
Meaning "knowledge" in Zulu.
MAHOMED   m   South African
Form of Muhammad used by South African Muslims.
MALEKA   f   South African, African American
Possibly a variant of Malika.
MALETSATSI   f   Sotho
Means "sun" or "day" in Sotho.
MANDELA   m & f   Xhosa
Surname given in honour of Nelson Mandela, South African revolutionary hero and statesman. His surname is one used by Thembu royalty.
MANTSO   f   Sotho
Means "the dark one" in Sotho.
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