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.
Sikhalele m Tsonga
Means "outcry" in Xitsonga.
Sikhangezile f Ndebele
Means "we're receiving" in Ndebele.
Sikhethiwe f Ndebele
Means "we are chosen" in Ndebele.
Sikhulekile f Ndebele
Means "we prayed" in Ndebele.
Sikhululekile m & f Ndebele
Means "we are free" in Ndebele.
Silibele m Ndebele
Means "we're unaware" in Ndebele.
Silindile f & m Xhosa, Zulu
it means we are waiting for the baby's arrival and for success in the baby's life.
Simangaliso f Ndebele
Means "miracle" in Ndebele.
Simangele f South African, Zulu
Means "surprise" in Zulu.
Simdingile m & f Xhosa, Zulu
The child was longed for
Simosihle f South African, Zulu
Means "beautiful feeling" in Zulu.
Simphiwe m & f Zulu
Meaning "we have been given him/her" in Zulu.
Sinazo f Xhosa
Means "we have it" in Xhosa.
Sindisa m & f Southern African (Rare), Zulu (Rare)
From Zulu sindisa meaning "save, redeem, rescue".
Sindisiwe f Zulu
Means "saved" in Zulu.
Sindiswa f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Swazi
Means "saved" in Zulu and Xhosa.
Sinegugu f Zulu
Means "we have treasures" in Zulu.
Sinenhlanhla f Zulu
Means "we have luck" in Zulu, from sine "we have" and inhlanhla "luck".
Sinethemba f South African, Zulu
Means "we have hope" in Zulu.
Siphamandla m South African, Zulu
Means "give us strength" in Zulu.
Siphelele m Zulu
Means "we are complete" in Zulu.
Siphephelo f Zulu
Means "refuge" in Zulu.
Siphesihle m Zulu
Means "beautiful gift" in Zulu.
Siphilanzima m & f Ndebele
Means "we are surviving hardships" in Ndebele.
Siphokazi f Zulu
Feminine form of Sipho.
Siphosethu m Zulu
Means "our gift" in Zulu.
Sisipho f Xhosa, Zulu, Southern African
Means "gift" in Zulu and Xhosa.
Sithabisile f Ndebele
Means "we are very happy" in Ndebele.
Sithandazile f Ndebele
Means "we prayed" in Ndebele.
Sithandilizwe m & f Ndebele
Means "we love our country" in Ndebele.
Sithenjiwe f Ndebele
Means "we are trusted" in Ndebele.
Sitshengisiwe f Ndebele
Means "we were shown" in Ndebele.
Sivuyile m South African, Xhosa
Means "we are happy" in Xhosa.
Siya f & m English (American, Modern, Rare), South African
As an English feminine name, it is likely a modern respelling of Sia.... [more]
Siyanda m Zulu
Means "we are increasing" in Zulu.
Sizakele f & m Zulu
Means "be helped, be assisted" in Zulu.
Sizani f Zulu
Means "you all help" in Zulu.
Smiso m South African
Means "rule".
Solonzi m Xhosa (Modern)
Means "the eye of the home" in Xhosa.
Sonnika f Afrikaans
Either an elaboration of Sonya or derived from the German word Sonne "sun".
Soyaphi m Tsonga
Means "where will we go?" in Xitsonga.
Sthandekile f Ndebele
Means "we are loved" in Ndebele.
Stiaan m Afrikaans
Short form of Christiaan.
Sunette f English (American, Rare), Afrikaans, Dutch (Rare)
Meaning uncertain. In the English-speaking world, the name might perhaps be a combination of the English word sun with the French feminine diminutive suffix -ette, which would essentially give the name the meaning of "little sun"... [more]
Susara f Afrikaans
Combination of Susanna and Sara.
Tafeta m Sotho
Sotho form of David.
Takalani m & f Venda
Means "be happy" in Tshivenda.
Talana f South African, English
Use of this name in South Africa probably owes something to the Battle of Talana Hill in 1899.
Tandeko m Zulu
Always lovable. From Bantu root tande
Tandzile f Swazi
Means "a female addition to the family" in Swazi.
Tebello f & m Sotho
Means "expectation" in Sotho.
Thabelo m & f Venda
Means "prayer" in Tshivenda.
Thabisa f Zulu
Means "delight" in Zulu.
Thamsanqa m Xhosa, Zulu
Means "we have luck" in Zulu and Xhosa.
Thandabantu m Zulu
Means "fond of others" in Zulu.
Thandoluhle m Zulu
Means "good love" in Zulu.
Thandolwethu f & m South African, Zulu, Xhosa
Means "our love" in Zulu and Xhosa.
Thapeli m Sotho
Means "appeal" in Sesotho.
Thapelo m Sotho
Means "prayer" in Sotho.
Thebe m Sotho
Means "shield" in Sesotho.
Thembelihle f Zulu
Means "good hope" in Zulu.
Thembi f Zulu
Possibly a short form of names containing thembi, such as Sithembile.
Thembisile f Zulu
Means "the trusted one" in Zulu.
Thenjiwe f Zulu
Means "trusted one" in Zulu.
Theola f American (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Possibly a shortened form of Theolene or Theolinde (compare Theora, Theoda, Theda).
Thikhathali m Venda
Means "one who does not worry" in Tshivenda.
Thilivhali m Venda
Means "one who does not forget" in Tshivenda.
Thobeka f Southern African, Zulu
Means "humble" in Zulu.
Thobekile f Ndebele
Means "polite" in Ndebele.
Tholakele f Zulu
Means "found" in Zulu.
Thoriso m Sotho
Means "praise" in Sesotho.
Thuba f Ndebele
Means "chance" in Ndebele.
Thubelihle f Ndebele
Means "good chance" in Ndebele.
Thula f Zulu
Means "peace" in Zulu.
Thulie f Zulu
Diminutive of Nokuthula.
Thulilwempi m Ndebele
Means "the dust of war" in Ndebele.
Thulisile f African, Zulu
Means "she who made things quiet" in Zulu.
Thuso m Sotho
Means "help" in Sotho.
Thuto m Sotho
Means "lesson" in Sesotho.
Thys m Medieval Dutch, Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans
Medieval Dutch and Afrikaans short form of Matthys. But in other words, you could also say that this name is the medieval Dutch and Afrikaans equivalent of Thijs.... [more]
Tiisetso f Sotho
Means "perseverance" in Sesotho,
Tinus m Afrikaans, Dutch
Usually a short form of Martinus, but there are also cases where it is a short form of Constantinus.
Tlali m Sotho
Means "lightning" in Sotho.
Tlhokomelo m & f Sotho
Means "care" in Sotho.
Tlholo m Sotho
Means "victory" in Sesotho.
Tlotliso f & m Sotho
Means "honour" in Sotho.
Tokoloho f Sotho
Means "freedom" in Sesotho.
Topollo f Sotho
Means "emancipation, release" in Sesotho.
Trofimus m Afrikaans (Archaic), Dutch (Archaic)
Afrikaans and Dutch form of Trophimus.
Trudene f English (Rare), Afrikaans
Elaborated form of Trudy.
Tsakani f South African
The meaning is "to be happy". It was popularized by Tsakani Mhinga. She was a South African singer who died in 2006.
Tsebo m Sotho
Means "knowledge" in Sesotho.
Tsela m Sotho
Means "path" in Sesotho.
Tshanduko m & f Venda
Means "change" in Tshivenda.
Tshediso m Sotho
Means "consolation" in Sesotho.
Tshegofatso f South African, Sotho
Means "blessing" in Sotho.
Tshiananeo m & f Venda
Means "tale, story" in Tshivenda.
Tshifhiwa m Venda
Means "gift" in Tshivenda.
Tshilidzi f & m Venda
Possibly means "Grace". A notable bearer is Tshilidzi Marwala, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation at the University of Johannesburg.
Tshimangadzo m & f Venda
Means "miracle" in Tshivenda.
Tsotang m Sotho
Means "amazement" in Sesotho.
Tumisho m & f Sotho
Means "glory" in Sotho.
Tutu m & f Western African, South African
Means "cliff dweller".
Uluthando m Ndebele, Zulu
Means "he is love" in Ndebele and Zulu.
Ulwazi m Zulu
Derived from Zulu ulwazi meaning "knowledge".
Umakoti f Zulu
Means "bride" in Zulu.
Umklomelo f Zulu
Means "prize" in Zulu.
Unako m & f Xhosa
Means "ability" in Xhosa.
Unkulunkulu m Zulu
The very good looking/handsome, In classical, pre-colonial Zulu myth, Unkulunkulu brought human beings and cattle from an area of reeds. He created everything, from land and water to man and the animals... [more]
Uys m Afrikaans
come from the word Denuys
Valmarie f English (American), Afrikaans
Variant of Valmai influenced by Marie as well as a combination of Valerie and Marie.
Vasti f Portuguese, South African
Portuguese form of Vashti.
Vemvane f Zulu
Means "butterfly" in Zulu.
Vhonani m & f Venda (Modern)
Vhonani meaning is "watch or look"... [more]
Violett f English (Modern), Norwegian (Rare), Swedish (Rare), Hungarian (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
English variant and Swedish form of Violet as well as a Hungarian borrowing of French Violette. This name coincides with the Swedish word violett "purple (the color)".
Vivette f French (Rare), English (Rare), Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
Possibly a diminutive form of Vivienne (see also Viviette), but it could also be an independent name that is ultimately derived from Latin vivus "alive" or Latin vividus "full of life, lively, spirited".
Vusumuzi m Zulu
Means "builder of the home" in Zulu.
Vuyi f South African
Short form of Vuyiswa.
Vuyisile m Xhosa
Means "bringing joy to others" in Xhosa.
Vuyiswa f South African
vuyiswa is a Zulu word meaning "rejoice".
Vuyo m Xhosa
Means "joy" in Xhosa.
Vuyokazi f Xhosa
Female variant of Vuyo. The prefix "kazi" could be taken to show femininity or greatness in size. In the latter case, Vuyokaz would mean "great joy" instead of just the female version of Vuyo.
Waasila f South African
Probably derived from Arabic وَسِيلَة (wasīla) "means, medium; tool, instrument; measure, step provision".
Wandile f & m Zulu, South African
Means "you are extra" in Zulu.
Whanco m Afrikaans
Betekenis: Uitverkorene... [more]
Wikus m Afrikaans
Afrikaans nickname for Lodewikus.
Willanie f Afrikaans
Willanie is a female compound name. The "Will" is derived from "Willem" (German variant of William) which means determination and will. The "anie" is derived from the name Stephanie which means crown, victorious... [more]
Wilmarie f Afrikaans, South African, Filipino, Spanish (Caribbean), English (Rare)
Combination of names beginning with Wil-, like William/Willem or Wilfredo, and Marie... [more]
Witness m English (African), South African
From the English word, witness, "one who has personal knowledge of something".
Wynand m Medieval Dutch, Dutch (Rare), West Frisian (Rare), East Frisian (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Medieval Dutch form of Wijnand, Frisian variant of Winand and South African form of Winand.... [more]
Wynanda f Medieval Dutch, Dutch (Rare), West Frisian (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare), English (American, Rare)
Medieval Dutch form of Wijnanda, Frisian variant of Winanda and South African form of Winanda.
Xabiso m Xhosa
Means "value" in Xhosa.
Xihlamariso f Tsonga
Means "surprise, marvel" in Tsonga.
Ximphephani f Tsonga
Means "the saved" in Xitsonga.
Xola m Xhosa
Means "stay in peace" in Xhosa.
Xolisile f South African, Zulu
Means "(we are) sorry" in Zulu.
Yibanathi m & f Zulu, Xhosa
Means "be with us" in Zulu and Xhosa.
Yolandi f Afrikaans
Afrikaans variant of Yolanda.
Yolisa f Xhosa
Means "exciting" in Xhosa.
Yomelela m Xhosa
Measn "be strong" in Xhosa.
Yonelani f Xhosa
Means "be satisfied" in Xhosa.
Zaakir m South African
Form of Zakir used especially in South Africa.
Zama f South African, Zulu
Means "try" in Zulu.
Zamokuhle f Zulu
Means "try the good" in Zulu.
Zandile f Zulu
Means "they have multipled" in Zulu.
Zanele f Zulu
Means "they are enough" in Zulu.
Zayaan f & m South African (Rare), Muslim (Rare)
Variant transcript of Zayyan.
Zenzele f Xhosa
Means "she will do for herself" in Xhosa.
Zenzile f South African
This is Miriam Makeba's first name. She was nicknamed Mama Africa and was a South African singer and civil rights activist.
Zephany f South African
Feminization of Zephan.
Zibu f Zulu
Means "waterlily" in Zulu.
Zibuseni m & f Ndebele
Means "rule yourself" in Ndebele.
Zibusiso f Ndebele
Means "blessings" in Ndebele.
Zinhle f Zulu
Means "they (the girls) are beautiful" in Zulu.
Zintwezinhle f Zulu
Means "beautiful things" in Zulu.
Ziona f Hebrew, Jewish, English, Afrikaans
Feminine form of Zion.
Ziphozonke m & f Zulu
Means "all the gifts" in Zulu.
Zithembe m Zulu
Means "trust yourself" in Zulu.
Ziyanda f Xhosa
Means "increase within daughters" in Xhosa.
Zobuhle f Zulu
Means "of beauty" in Zulu, from the possessive form of ubuhle.
Zoleka f Xhosa
Means "humble" in Xhosa.
Zuko m South African, African
Means "harmony, someone with a good heart, loving, appreciative and calm" in Nguni.
Zwelethu m & f Ndebele
Means "our nation" in Ndebele.