South African Submitted Names

These name are used in the Republic of South Africa.
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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.
Jopie m & f Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans
Diminutive of Joop for men and of the related name Johanna for women.
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.
Kananelo f & m Sotho
Means "approval" or "appreciation" in Sotho.
Kanye m African American, Igbo, Ewe, Yoruba, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
From the name of the town in Botswana.... [more]
Kealeboa m Sotho
Means "thank you" in Sotho.
Keitumetse f Tswana, South African
Means "I am happy", or "I am thankful" in Twsana.
Kekeletso m Sotho
Means "addition" in Sesotho.
Kelebohile m Sotho
Means "I am grateful" in Sesotho.
Keneoue f Sotho (Rare)
Means "I have been given" in Sotho.
Keneuwe f Sotho
Means "I have been given" in Sesotho.
Keromang f Sotho
Means "one who has been sent" in Sesotho.
Kgabareya m Sotho
Sotho form of Gabriel.
Kgabu m & f African, Zulu
Means "to decorate richly" in Zulu.
Kganya m Sotho
Means "brightness" in Sotho.
Kgethang m Sotho
Sesotho form of Khethang.
Kgodi m & f Sotho
Means "mist" in Sotho.
Khabane m Sotho
Means "precious" in Sesotho.
Khangezile f Zulu
Means "our hands are open" in Zulu.
Khanya m Zulu
Means "shine" in Zulu.
Khanyisa f Tsonga
Means "brighten" in Xitsonga.
Khanyisile f Zulu (Modern)
Means "bringer of light" in Zulu.
Khanyiso m Xhosa
Means "light" in Xhosa.
Khanyizile f Xhosa
The name means "light has come".
Khanyokulhe f Zulu
Means "guide on the way" in Zulu from the word khanyo meaning "guide" and kuhle meaning "way".
Khathutshelo m & f Venda
Means "forgiveness" in Tshivenda.
Khauhelo f & m Sotho
Means "pity" or "compassion" in Sotho.
Khaya f Zulu
Means "home" in Zulu.
Khayalethu m Zulu
Means "our home" in Zulu.
Khayelihle f Ndebele
Means "good home" in Ndebele.
Khayizeni m Tsonga
Means "rebuke" in Xitsonga.
Khethang m Sotho
Means "choose" in Lesotho.
Khethiwe f African, Zulu
Means "chosen, the one who is chosen" in Zulu.
Khethukuthula f Zulu
Means "choose to be quiet" in Zulu.
Khoeli m Sotho
“Moon”
Khosi m Sotho
Means "king" in Sotho.
Khothatso f Sotho
Means "encouragement" in Sotho.
Khotsofalang m Sotho
Means "be satisfied" in Lesotho.
Khule f Zulu
Means "it is beautiful" in Zulu.
Khulekani f Zulu
Means "salute" in Zulu.
Khululiwe f Zulu
Means "exonerated" in Zulu.
Khumbuza m Tsonga
Means "remember" in Xitsonga.
Khwezi m & f Zulu
Means "bright morning star" in Zulu.
Konanani m & f Venda
Means "be good to one another" in Tshivenda.
Kubanthree f South African, Indian
South Africans of Indian origin... [more]
Kutloisiso f & m Sotho (Rare)
Means "understanding" in Sotho.
Kutlwano f Sotho
Means "mutual understanding" in Sesotho.
Kutlwisiso f Sotho
Means "understanding" in Lesotho.
Kuvhanganani m & f Venda
Means "come together" in Tshivenda.
Kwatisa f Tsonga
Means "made furious" in Xitsonga.
Landi f Afrikaans
Short from of Yolandi. This name is borne by South African model Landi Swanepoel (b. 1979).
Langa m Zulu
From Zulu ilanga "sun, sunshine, day".
Langalibalele m Zulu
Means "shining sun" in Zulu.
Langelihle f & m Zulu
Means "beautiful day" in Zulu.
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.
Laurika f Afrikaans, Slovak
Afrikaans elaboration and Slovak diminutive of Laura. Laurika Rauch is a South African singer who performs in both Afrikaans and English.
Lauwdina f Afrikaans (Modern)
The name was given to a daughter in South Africa. She is unique in her "radiant joy" which lights up rooms.
Leabua m Sotho
Means "one who speaks" in Sotho.
Leandri f Afrikaans
Possibly a variant of Leandra.
Lefa m Sotho
Means "inheritance" in Sotho.
Lefika m Sotho
“My Rock” It’s used in Lesotho and South Africa
Lehlogonolo m & f Sotho
Means "felicity" in Sotho.
Lehlohonolo m Sotho, South African
Means "luck" or "blessing" in Sotho.
Lehumo m Sotho
Means "treasure" in Sotho.
Leleti f South African, Zulu
Meaning unknown. A famous bearer is Leleti Khumalo, a South African actress.
Lemohang m Sotho
Means "take cognisance" in Sesotho.
Lereko m Sotho
Means "abundance" in Sesotho.
Letesha f South African
Transferred use of the surname Letesha.
Lethabo f & m South African, Sotho
Meaning ''joy''.
Letlotlo f Sotho
Means "treasure" in Sesotho.
Letsatsi m Sotho
Means "sun" in Sotho.
Lewatle m Sotho
Means "ocean" in Sotho.
Liandri f Afrikaans (Rare)
Meaning, Precious Gift
Liboko f Sotho
Means "praises" in Sotho.
Lifalakhe f Ndebele
Means "her inheritance" in Ndebele.
Lihle f Xhosa
African
Likeleli f Sotho
Means "teardrops" in Sotho.
Likengkeng f Sotho
Means "tears" in Lesotho.
Likotsi m Sotho
Means "accidents" in Sotho.
Lilitha f Xhosa
Source of light
Limakatso f Sotho
Means "surprises" in Lesotho.
Limpho f Sotho
Means "gifts" in Lesotho.
Limpopo m & f South African
From the name of the river in South Africa.
Linda m Zulu
Means "wait!" in Zulu (note that this is the imperative singular form of -linda).
Lindelani f Zulu
Means "wait, be patient" in Zulu.
Lineo f Sotho
Means "gifts, grants, talents" in Lesotho.
Lingadani f Ndebele
Means "don't be sad" in Ndebele.
Linmaré f South African (Modern, Rare)
Combination of Lynn and Maré, a variant of Marie.
Lipalesa f Sotho
Means "flowers" in Lesotho.
Lisebo f Sotho
Means "whispers" in Sotho.
Litšeho f Sotho
Means "laughter" in Sotho.
Litšehoana m & f Sotho
Means "little laughter" in Sotho.
Livhuwani m & f Venda
Means "be thankful" in Tshivenda.
Liyabona f Xhosa
Means "it sees" in Xhosa.
Liyana f Zulu, English (Modern, Rare)
Directly taken from Zulu liyana "it is raining". As an English name, it is a variant of Liana.
Liyema f Xhosa
Means "stability in the family" in Xhosa.
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.
Lubabalo m Xhosa
The meaning of this name is Grace, praising God, giving thanks for what you have.
Lubanzi m South African, Xhosa
Means "upper layer, flat and clear surface" (usually directed or linked to the love parents have for the child).
Lufuno m & f Venda
Means "love" in Tshivenda.
Lukhona m & f Zulu (Modern)
Means "it's available" in Zulu.
Lungelo m & f Zulu
Means "right" in Zulu.
Luphelo m Xhosa
Means "the end" in Xhosa.
Luphumlo m Xhosa
Means "rest" in Xhosa.
Luthando m & f Southern African, Xhosa
Means "it's love" in Xhosa.
Luxon m South African
Transferred use of the surname Luxon.
Lwandle f & m Tsonga, Zulu
Means "ocean" in Zulu and Tsonga.
Lwazi m South African, Zulu
Means "knowledge" in Zulu.
Maanda m & f Venda
Means "power, stength" in Tshivenda.
Madzivandlela f Tsonga
Means "know" in Xitsonga.
Magdaleen f Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Dutch and Afrikaans variant of Magdalene. This name is borne by South African author Magdaleen Van Wyk.
Mahlatse m & f Sotho
Means "lucky" in Sotho.
Mahomed m South African
Form of Muhammad used by South African Muslims.
Makasela m Tsonga
Means "go, crawl to towards one's goal" in Xitsonga.
Makaziwe f & m Xhosa
Means "let him/her be known" in Xhosa.... [more]
Makhahlela m Tsonga
Means "beater" in Xitsonga.
Makhokolotso f Sotho
Means "refuse" in Sesotho.
Maleka f South African, African American
Possibly a variant of Malika.
Maleshoane f Sotho
Means "ladybird" in Lesotho.
Maletsatsi f Sotho
Means "sun" or "day" in Sotho.
Malusi m Zulu
Means "shepherd" in Zulu.
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.
Maṱoḓzi m & f Venda
Means "tears" in Tshivenda.
Mardene f English (American, Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Possibly a corruption of Martine influenced by Mardi, or a variant of Mardena.
Mareza f Afrikaans
Variant of Maresa.
Marlize f Afrikaans, English
Afrikaans variant of Marlies.
Marno m Dutch, South African, Indonesian
Masculine form of Marna or Marni or a variant of Marnix.
Marthinus m Afrikaans
Old Dutch form of Martinus.
Masiza m Tsonga
Means "the one who helps" in Xitsonga.
‘Mathapelo f Sotho
Means "mother of prayer" in Sotho.
Mathe f Sotho
Means "saliva" in Sotho.
Matheeletša m Sotho
Means "listener" in Sotho.
Mathuselam m South African
South African form of Methuselah via its latinized form Mathusalem.
Matšeliso f Sotho
Means "consolation" in Sotho.
Matshediso f Sotho
Means "consolation" in Sesotho.
Matsimela m Sotho
Means "roots" in Sotho.
Matthys m Medieval Dutch, Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans, West Frisian
Medieval Dutch form of Matthijs as well as the modern Afrikaans and West Frisian form of Matthijs. In the Netherlands, the name has survived to modern times, but it is highly rare there currently, especially when compared to its modern counterpart.... [more]
Mayibongwe f Ndebele
Means "give thanks" in Ndebele.
Mayibongwinkosi m Ndebele
Means "give thanks to the Lord" in Ndebele.
Mayibuye m & f Ndebele
Means "let it come" in Ndebele.
Mayihlome m & f Ndebele
Means "let's take up arms" in Ndebele.
Mbalienhle f Ndebele, Zulu
Means "beautiful flower" in Zulu and Ndebele, from mbali "flower, flowers" and enhle "something that is beautiful of nice".
Mbazima f Tsonga
Means "they are tough" in Xitsonga.
Mbuso m Ndebele
Means "kingdom" in Ndebele.
Mehluli m Ndebele
Means "conquerer" in Ndebele.
Melokuhle m & f South African, Xhosa
Meaning ''beautiful one''.
Menzi m Southern African, Zulu
Means "creator" in Zulu.... [more]
Meshindi m Zulu
Means "victor" in Zulu.
Mfan'bomvu m Zulu
Means "red boy" in Zulu.
Mhambi f Zulu
Means "traveler" in Zulu.
Mhlava m Tsonga
Means "earth" in Xitsonga.
Miempie f Afrikaans
Possibly related to Miem, Miems or Miep.
Miems f Afrikaans
Diminutive of Willemina.
Migiyo f Tsonga
Means "the dancer" in Xitsonga.
Mijaji f Tsonga
Means "the judge" in Xitsonga.
Mkhuleko m Ndebele
Means "prayer" in Ndebele.
Mkhumbuleni m Zulu
Means "let's remember him" in Zulu.
Mlamuleli m Ndebele
Means "one who intervenes" in Ndebele.
Mlilo f Zulu
Means "fire" in Zulu.
Mlindeli m Ndebele
Means "guardian" in Ndebele.
Mlungisi m Ndebele
Means "the one who brings order".
Mmaphefo f Sotho
Means "mother of cold" in Sotho.
Mmathapelo f Sotho
Means "mother of prayer" in Sotho.
Mmini f Sotho
Means "dancer" in Sotho.
Mmusi m South African
The given name of the newly appointed leader of the Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane.
Mnotho m & f Zulu (Anglicized, Modern, Rare, ?)
Treasure or economy also see Gugu
Moegammad m Afrikaans (Rare)
Form of Muhammad used in Afrikaans translations of the Qur'an.
Moeketsi m Sotho
It means "Multiplier/increase" in Sotho
Moeletsi m Sotho
Means "advisor" in Sesotho.
Mohapi m Sotho
Means "victor" in Sotho.
Mohato m Sotho
Means "step" in Sesotho.
Mohau m Sotho
Means "pity" or "mercy" in Sesotho.
Moipone f Sotho
Means "self-admirer" in Sotho.
Mojalefa m Sotho
Means "heir" in Sesotho.
Mokgadi f Sotho, South African
Means "a girl among boys" in Sotho, often given to a daughter born after several sons.... [more]
Mokgethi m Sotho
Variant form of Mokhethi.
Mokhethi m Sotho
Means "chooser" in Lesotho.
Molapo m Sotho
Means "stream" or "river" in Sotho.