South African Submitted Names

These name are used in the Republic of South Africa.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Molefi m Sotho
means "payer" in Sesotho.
Moluleloa m Sotho
Means "we have awaited your arrival" in Lesotho.
Mongameli m Ndebele
Means "leader" in Ndebele.
Monja f German, Norwegian (Rare), Swedish (Rare), Croatian (Rare), Afrikaans, Dutch
Variant transcription of Russian Моня (see Monya).
Morena m Sotho
Means "chief" in Sotho.
Mosa m & f Sotho
Means "grace" in Sotho.
Mosela f Sotho
Means "tail" in Sotho, idiomatically meaning "the last one" or "last child".
Mosidi f Tswana, Sotho
Means "soot" in Sotho and Tswana.
Motheo m South African
Allegedly means "foundation" in Tswana. It is said to normally be given to a child who is viewed as the foundation of the family. Normally a first born. It signifies a new life or re-birth.
Motlagomang f & m Southern African, Tswana, Sotho
Means "who are you going to?" in Tswana.
Motlalepule m Sotho
Means "rain bringer" in Sesotho.
Motsamai m Sotho
Means "traveller" in Sesotho.
Motsumi m Sotho
Means "seeker" in Sesotho.
Mpahlela f Tsonga
Means "pray for" in Xitsonga.
Mpendulo f Zulu
Means "reply" in Zulu.
Mpfareleli m & f Venda
Means "forgive me" in Tshivenda.
Mphikeleli m Zulu
Means "he who perseveres" in Zulu.
Mpilo m Xhosa, Zulu, Southern African
Means "life" in Xhosa and Zulu.
Mpumelelo m Zulu
Means "success" in Zulu.
Msizi m Zulu
From Zulu umsizi "helper, aide".
Mswati m Swazi
Two famous bearers of this name are Mswati II (1825-1868) and Mswati III (1968 -), Kings of Swaziland. Mswati is not their birth name but their name as monarchs.
Mthandeni f Zulu
Means "love her" in Zulu.
Mthulisi m Ndebele
Means "one who consoles" in Ndebele.
Mthunzi f Zulu
Means "shade" in Zulu.
Muambiwa m & f Venda
Means "the one who is spoken of/about" in Tshivenda.
Mudene f South African, English (African, Rare, ?), Afrikaans (Rare)
Of unknown meaning. Famous bearer is Mudene "Dene" Smuts: a South African politician.
Mukhethwa m & f Venda
Means "the chosen one" in Tshivenda.
Mulalo m Venda
Means "peace" in Tshivenda.
Musa f Ndebele
Means "grace" in Ndebele.
Mutshidzi m & f Venda
Means "saviour" in Tshivenda.
Muzhiyo m Ndebele (Rare)
zulu, ndebele and xhosa name meaning "homesteads of kings"
Mvuseselo m Zulu
Means "revival" in Zulu.
Mxolisi m Xhosa, Zulu
Means "Peacemaker" in Xhosa and Zulu.
Mzingayi m Xhosa
Name of the father of Steve Biko.
Mzwenhlanhla m Zulu
Means "home for luck" in Zulu.
Nala f Sotho
“Prosperity” , a Sesotho name used in the motto of Lesotho
Naleli f Sotho
Means "star" in Sotho.
Nambitha f Xhosa
To Nambitha is to savour, to take a small bite out of one's food and chew it slowly to enjoy every bit of it. A girl who is named Nambitha is encouraged to savour life.
Nandi f Zulu
Means "sweet" in Zulu. This was the name of the mother of Shaka, famed warrior king of the Zulus in colonial South Africa (though her grave is marked Nindi).
Nṱanganedzeni m & f Venda
Means "accept me" in Tshivenda.
Nantie m Scots, South African (?)
As a Scots masculine name, this is a diminutive of Antony.... [more]
Nato m South African
Diminutive of Ignatius.
Nax f South African
Blend of Natalie and Max, used in South Africa.
Ndabezinhle f Zulu
Means "good news" in Zulu.
Ndabicacile m Ndebele
Means "the story's clear" in Ndebele.
Ndaheni f Tsonga
Means "instruct me" in Xitsonga.
Ndhe'neza m Tsonga
Means "the thing", implying "the secret", in Xitsonga.
Ndiyafhi m & f Venda
Means "where do I go?" in Tshivenda.
Ndleleni m Zulu
Means "on the road" in Zulu.
Ndodana m Ndebele
Means "son" in Ndebele.
Ndondoloza f Zulu
Possibly means "I will guard" in Zulu.
Ndonsa f Zulu
Means "morning star" in Zulu.
Ndumiso f Zulu
Means "praise" in Zulu.
Nduvho m & f Venda
Means "praise" in Venda.
Nelbe f & m Sotho
Means "the net" in Sotho.
Nelisiwe f Zulu
Means "satisfied" in Zulu.
Nelius m English (American), Afrikaans, Norwegian (Rare)
Afrikaans and Norwegian short form of Cornelius as well as a Norwegian Latinization of Nils.
Ngcondebuku m & f Xhosa (Modern)
Ngconde comes from the Xhosa clan names of Amakwayi. Amakwayi ,Ongconde, o Togu o Tshiwo.Buku is the surname of Michael who belong to Amakwayi o Ngcondentshaba From Kingwilliamstown, Eastern Cape,South Africa.His home village is Ndevana near Zwelitsha,Phakamisa and Ilitha Township.
Nghezimani m Tsonga
Means "be whiter, be clean" in Xitsonga.
Nhalahla f Zulu
Means "luck" in Zulu.
Nhlakanipho f Zulu
From Zulu inhlakanipho meaning "wisdom".
Nhlonipho m Ndebele
Means "respect" in Ndebele.
Nicus m Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans
Short form of Dominicus. In rare cases, this name can also be a latinization of Nico or Niek.
Njabulo f Zulu
Means "happy" in Zulu.
Njabulu f Zulu
Means "happiness" in Zulu.
Nkanyezi m Zulu, Southern African
Means "star" in Zulu.
Nkanyiso m Zulu
Means "light" in Zulu.
Nkazimulo f Zulu
Means "glory" in Zulu.
Nkhangweleni m Venda
Means "forgive me" in Tshivenda.
Nkhetheleng f Sotho
Means "choose for me" in Sotho.
Nkhumbudzeni m & f Venda
Means "remember me" in Tshivenda.
Nkonkoni f Zulu
Means "champion" in Zulu.
Nkosi m Xhosa
Means "king; lord; ruler; god" in Xhosa.
Nkosingimele f & m Zulu
Means "God is on my side" or "stand for me" in Zulu.
Nkosingiphile f African, Zulu
Means "the Lord gave me" in Zulu.
Nkosiphendule m Zulu
Means "God has answered" in Zulu.
Nkosiyabo m African, Ndebele, Zulu
Means "their king" in Zulu.
Nkululeko m Zulu
Means "freedom" in Zulu.
Nnyawedzeni m & f Venda
Means "let me rest" in Tshivenda.
Nobhalela f Zulu
Means "the one who writes" in Zulu.
Nṱoḓeni m & f Venda
Means "look for me" in Tshivenda.
Nokhanyo f Xhosa
Means "mother of enlightenment" in Xhosa.
Nokulunga f Zulu
Means "thankfulness" in Zulu.
Nokuthula f Zulu
Means "peace and tranquillity" in Zulu.
Nolwandle f Zulu
Means "mother of oceans" in Zulu.
Nolwazi f Zulu (Rare)
Means "knowledgeable" in Zulu.
Nomagugu f Zulu
Means "the precious one" in Zulu.
Nomalanga f Ndebele
Means "mother of sunshine" in Ndebele.
Nomandla f Zulu
Means "mother of strength" in Zulu.
Nomaqhawe f Ndebele
Means "heroine" in Ndebele.
Nomasonto f Zulu
Means "mother of Sundays" in Zulu.
Nomathemba f Ndebele, Zulu
Means "hope" in Ndebele and Zulu.
Nomthimba f Zulu
Means "wedding" in Zulu.
Nomvula f South African, Zulu
Means "after the rain" in Zulu. This is given to babies born after a storm.
Nomzamo f African, Zulu
Means "struggle" in Zulu.
Nonhlanhla f African, Zulu
Means "luck" in Zulu.
Nonjabulo f Zulu
Means "happiness" in Zulu.
Nonkululeko f South African, Zulu
Means "freedom" in Zulu.
Nosakhele f Zulu
Means "build for us" in Zulu.
Nothando f Zulu
Means "mother of love" in Zulu.
Nozibusiso f Zulu
Means "mother of blessings" in Zulu.
Nqobani m Zulu
Means "you must conquer" in Zulu.
Nqobile f Zulu
Means "she has conquered" in Zulu.
Nsulo f Tsonga
Wipe away the tears and bring joy
Ntakuseni m & f Venda
Means "help me up" in Tshivenda.
Ntando m Ndebele
Means "will" in Ndebele.
Nthabi f Sotho
Means "make me happy" in Sotho.
Nthabiseng f Sotho
Means "make me happy" in Sotho.
Nthati f Sotho
Means "one to love me" in Sotho.
Nthuseni m & f Venda
Means "help me" in Tshivenda.
Ntokozo f African, Zulu
Means "happiness" or "joy" in Zulu.
Ntombenhle f Ndebele
Means "beautiful girl" in Ndebele.
Ntombikayise f Zulu
Means "father's girl" in Zulu.
Ntombiyesizwe f Zulu
Means "girl of the earth" in Zulu.
Ntombiyezulu f Zulu
"girl of heaven" in Zulu
Ntombizanele f African, Zulu
Means "enough girls" in Zulu, from ntombi meaning "lady".
Ntsebo f Sotho
Means "whispers" in Sotho.
Ntsoaki f Sotho
Means "girl amongst boys" in Sotho, often given to a daughter with many brothers.
Ntsu m Sotho
Means "eagle" in Sesotho.
Ntsumi f Tsonga
Means "angel" in Xitsonga.
Ntswaki f Sotho
Means "girl amongst boys" or "girl with many brothers" in Sotho.
Ntuthuko f Zulu
Means "prosperity" in Zulu.
Ntwanano m & f Tsonga
Means "understanding" in Xitsonga.
Ntwenhle f Zulu
Means "beautiful thing" in Zulu.
Nṱungufhadzeni m & f Venda
Means "make me sad" in Tshivenda.
Nxalati f Tsonga
Means "happiness" in Xitsonga.
Nyakallo f & m Sotho
Means "joy" in Sotho.
Nyambeni f & m Venda
Means "speak about me" in Tshivenda.
Nyeleti f Tsonga, Southern African
Means "star" in Xitsonga.
Nyiko f & m Tsonga
Means "gift" in Tsonga.
Oloff m South African
Variant of Olof primarily used in South Africa.
Omphile f & m South African, Sotho
Means "given".
Paballo f Sotho
Means "protection" in Sesotho.
Pacificus m Late Roman, South African
Means "peacemaker" in Latin. From the Latin pāx 'peace' and faciō 'I do, make'.... [more]
Paolosi m Sotho
Sesotho form of Paul.
Paseka m Sotho
Means "Easter" in Sesotho.
Peo f Sotho (Modern, Rare)
The meaning is “Seed” and it is a rare Sesotho name predominantly used in Lesotho
Pfarelo m & f Venda
Means "forgiveness" in Tshivenda.
Phahamo m Sotho
Means "eminance" in Sesotho.
Phaṱhutshedzo m & f Venda
Means "blessings" in Tshivenda.
Pheello m Sotho
Means "perseverance" in Sesotho.
Pheko m South African
Medicine or herb. Ussually medicine used for protection
Phethisi m Sotho
Means "completion" in Sesotho.
Phila f & m Southern African, Xhosa, Zulu, English
Means "live" or "get well" in Nguni languages. In English, it is derived from Greek φιλος (philos) "lover, friend".
Philisiwe f South African, Zulu
Means "healed" in Zulu.
Phillippus m Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Philip.
Phindile f South African
A very common female South African name.... [more]
Phumlani m Zulu
Means "rest" in Zulu.
Phusu m & f Venda
Means "havoc" in Tshivenda.
Phutheho f Sotho
Means "congregation" in Sesotho.
Poloko m Sotho
Means "safety" in Sesotho.
Pontsho m & f Sotho
Means "vision" in Sotho.
Praisthel f South African (Rare)
The name comes from the the phrase Praise the Lord. Some of the letters from the pharse are removed to turn it into a name.
Pula f Sotho
Means "rain" in Sotho.
Pulane f Sotho
Means "rainy" in Sesotho.
Qenehelo f Sotho
Means "pity" in Sesotho.
Qoqanani m & f Ndebele
Means "organise yourself" in Ndebele.
Quilene f Afrikaans (Rare), Dutch (Rare), English (American, Rare), German (Rare)
Most likely a combination of a name starting with Qui- (such as Quinn and Quirijn) with a name that ends in -lene, such as Helene and Marlene.... [more]
Quintilla f Ancient Roman, Afrikaans (Rare), Dutch (Rare), English (Rare), Italian (Archaic), Spanish (Latin American, Rare)
Latin diminutive of Quinta, which thus makes this name the feminine equivalent of Quintillus.
Rabelani m & f Venda
Means "to pray" in Tshivenda.
Rachela f Italian (Rare), Polish (Rare), Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Italian variant of Rachele, Polish form of Rachel as well as a Latinate form of Rachel.
Ramatjato f Sotho
Derived from the Sesotho tjato meaning "agility".
Ramatla f Sotho
Means "strength" in Sotho.
Rancina f Zulu
Zulu form of Francine.
Ratsebo f Sotho
Derived from the Sesotho tsebo meaning "knowledge".
Realeboha m Sotho
Means "we are thankful" in Sesotho.
Reaotlotla m Sotho
Means "We praise His name" in Sesotho.
Relebohile f Sotho
Means "we are grateful" in Sesotho.
Remaketse f Sotho
Means "we are surprised" in Sesotho.
Reneilwe m South African
This is the name of South African footballer Reneilwe "Yeye" Letsholonyane who plays for Kaizer Chiefs and the South African national team.
Rethabile f & m South African, Sotho
Means "we are glad/ happy".
Rhabela f Tsonga
Means "pray" in Xitsonga.
Rhandzu m & f Tsonga
Means "love" in Xitsonga.
Rhulani m & f Tsonga
Means "to have peace" in Xitsonga.
Riana f Afrikaans
Feminine form of Rian.
Rianie f African, South African
Meaning unknown.
Ricus m Afrikaans
Short form of names ending in -ricus like Ulricus or Henricus.
Riette f Afrikaans
Variant of Riëtte.
Roenique f South African
Roelfie and Monique combined
Roṋewa m & f Venda
Means "we are given" or "we are blessed" in Tshivenda.
Rofhiwa m & f Venda
Means "we are blessed" in Tshivenda.
Rolihlahla m Xhosa, African
isiXhosa for 'pulling the branch of a tree', colloquially 'troublemaker'. This was the given name of Nelson Mandela (Rolihlahla Mandela) and is now typically attributed to him as a middle name.
Ronella f Afrikaans (Rare), Dutch (Rare), English (Rare)
Feminine form of Ronald, created by combining its short form Ron with the popular feminine name suffix -ella.
Rotshidzwa m & f Venda
Means "we have been saved" in Tshivenda.
Rual m English (American, Rare), Spanish (Mexican, Rare), Portuguese (Brazilian, Rare), South African (Rare)
Possibly a variant of Reuel (anglophone world) and Raul (Latin America).... [more]
Ruan m Afrikaans
Combination of Rudolf and Johan.
Ruandi f Afrikaans (Modern, Rare)
Most probably a combination of Ruan and Yolandi.
Saartjie f Afrikaans, Dutch
Diminutive of Sara. A famous bearer of the nickname was Sarah "Saartjie" Baartman, an African slave (member of the Eastern Cape Khoisan, the indigenous herding tribe that once populated part of South Africa) who was displayed in Europe in the early 19th century.
Sakhile m Zulu
Means "we have built" in Zulu.
Samkeliso m Swazi
In Swazi culture this means, a gift has been given. In Swaziland, the meaning of names is determined by the circumstances around the birth.
Samukelisiwe f African, Zulu
Means "we have received" in Zulu.
Sayina f Tsonga
Means "sign" in Xitsonga.
Sebolai m Sotho
Means "assassin" in Sotho.
Sechaba m Sotho
The meaning is 'nation' as in 'our nation', 'the country we live in'.
Seef m & f Afrikaans (Rare), Dutch (Rare), Flemish (Rare), Limburgish (Rare)
This name is more often seen on men than on women. For men, the name is a short form of Josephus and in some cases also of Severinus and its Dutch form Severijn... [more]
Sehlolo m Sotho
Means "disaster" in Sotho.
Semakaleng m & f Sotho
Means "surprise" in Sotho.
Senzeni m & f Ndebele
Means "what did we do?" in Ndebele.
Sethekele f Ndebele
"We visited"
Setifene m Sotho
Sotho form of Stephen.
Setjhaba m Sotho
Means "nation" in Sesotho.
Sfiso m Zulu, Swazi, Ndebele, Xhosa
Means "wish" in Zulu.
Shalaine f Afrikaans
Combination of Sharon and Elaine
Shameel m Indian (Muslim), Urdu, South African
Variant transcription of Shamil.
Shamiel m South African
Meaning unknown.
Shandukani m & f Venda
Means "to change" in Tshivenda.
Sharlto m South African (Rare)
Alternative Anglicization of Sìoltach.
Shelini f South African (Rare), Fijian (Rare), Indian (Rare)
Possibly related to the Indian name Shalini.
Shiluva m & f Tsonga
Means "flower" in Xitsonga.
Shotah f & m South African
Meaning as of yet unknown.
Sias m Afrikaans, Dutch (Rare), German (Archaic)
Short form of Josias. Known bearers of this name include the Dutch sculptor Sias Fanoembi (1949-2013) and the South African statesman Sias Hoffman (1807-1879).
Sibakhulule m & f Ndebele
Means "we have liberated them" in Ndebele.
Sibhakabhaka f Zulu
Means "sky" in Zulu.
Sibongiseni m Zulu
Meaning "(you), be thankful with us" in Zulu.
Siboniso m South African, Zulu
Means "being a leader" in Zulu.
Sihawukele m Ndebele
Means "have mercy on us" in Ndebele.
Sikhalele m Tsonga
Means "outcry" in Xitsonga.