South African Submitted Names
are used in the Republic of South Africa.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ANELE m & f Zulu
This name means "be enough/sufficient/adequate."
BAFANA m Zulu
This name is derived from abafana
, the plural form of umfana
meaning "boy, young man."
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
BHEKUMBUSO m Zulu (Rare)
This name means "look after the kingdom/dominion," which comes from isiZulu word roots bheka
meaning "look after" and umbuso
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.
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.
DAWIE m Afrikaans
Related to David and is the Afrikaans version of David mostly used in South Africa.
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
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
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
IGMAR m Afrikaans
Afrikaans. Combination of his mother and fathers name. Siegfried and Marieta. Ig and Mar. Combined Igmar
INYONI f Zulu
Feminine Zulu given name derived from inyoni
ISAKI m Ndebele
The same meaning as Isaac from the Bible. The different spelling and pronunciation is due to the Ndebele/Zulu language tone from Africa.... [more]
ISISA f Zulu
"Isisa" meaning "The Tenderness" in Zulu.
JABULILE f Zulu
Zulu feminine name meaning "be cheerful, be happy".
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.
KAMOHELO m & f Sotho
Sotho name meaning "acceptance" or "welcome".
KANANELO f & m Sotho
Sotho name meaning "approval" or "appreciation".
KHAUHELO f & m Sotho
Sotho feminine name meaning "pity" or "compassion".
LANDI f Afrikaans
Short from of Yolandi
. This name is borne by South African model Landi Swanepoel (b. 1979).
LINDA m Zulu
This name means "wait!" (note that this is the imperative singular form of -linda
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
Sotho feminine name meaning "the dark one".