Southern African Submitted Names

Southern African names include those from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. See also about African names.
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ABIGAJIL f Norwegian (Rare, Archaic), Swedish (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare), Danish (Rare)
Variant of ABIGAIL used in the Norwegian translation of the Bible.
ABONGILE m Xhosa
Means "thankfulness" in Xhosa.
ACHAJE m Chewa
Means "stranger" in Chichewa.
AKAHLULWA m Xhosa (Modern)
This name is derived from the song Akahlulwa lutho uuJesu. Mostly popularity in the Xhisa nation. But this name is also understood Zulu which means Jesus is undefeated.
AKANYANG f Tswana
Means "think about it", "think" in Setswana.
AKAZIWE f Nguni
Means "she must be introduced" in Nguni.
AKEELAH f South African (Rare), English (Modern, Rare), Arabic
Variant of AKILAH, notably used in the 2006 movie 'Akeelah and the Bee'
AKWENYE m Ovambo
Means "spring (season)" in Ovambo.
ALETTA f Dutch, Swedish (Archaic), Afrikaans, Icelandic (Modern, Rare), Hungarian
Archaic Swedish diminutive of ALHET and Dutch variant of ALEIDA as well as a Hungarian adoption of the Dutch name... [more]
ALINDA f Dutch, Afrikaans, Finnish, Swedish (Rare), Hungarian, Gascon
Dutch, Afrikaans, Finnish, Swedish and Hungarian contracted form of ADELINDA and Gascon contracted form of AIDELINA.
ALUWANI m & f Venda
Means "be prosperous" or "grow up" in Tshivenda.
ALZENA f Indonesian (Rare), South African (Rare)
Possibly derived from Arabic النِسَاء‎ (an-nisāʾ) meaning "the woman".
AMILE m Zulu
something keeping a structural holding making sure things are balanced in life.
AMOGELANG m & f South African, Sotho, Tswana
Means "welcome, receive or accept the child or situation".
AMOHELANG m Sotho
Means "receive" in Sotho.
AMORÉ f Afrikaans (Modern)
Afrikaans form of AMORE.
AMUKELANI m & f African, Tsonga
Means "acceptance" in Tsonga.
AMUNIME m Ovambo
Means "big lion" in Ovambo.
AMUSA f Southern African
It is a Silozi or Lozi Name. Silozi or Lozi is a Zambian language.
AMUTENYA m Ovambo
Means "midday" in Ovambo. This name is traditionally given to children born during the afternoon.
ANAISHE f & m Shona
Derived from Shona anashe, meaning "who is with God".
ANDISIWE f Xhosa
Means "extension" in Xhosa.
ANDRICIA f South African
greek, meaning "strong"
ANDZILE m & f Tsonga
Means "multiplied and increased" in Xitsonga.
ANEKE f Afrikaans
Variant of ANNEKE.
ANELE m & f Zulu
Means "be enough; be sufficient; be adequate" in Zulu.
ANGULA m Ovambo
Means "morning" in Ovambo. This name is traditionally given to children born in the morning.
ANNALEEN f Afrikaans
[Comes from the name Anna Magdaleen. Means full of grace or favor tender and beautiful.
ANNELINE f Afrikaans, Dutch, French (Archaic), Danish, Norwegian
Dutch and Afrikaans variant of ANNELIEN as well as a Danish and Norwegian combination of Anne and LINE (and thus a cognate of ANNELIEN) as well as a Danish, Norwegian and archaic French diminutive of Anne found up to the 1700s in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.
ANOESCHKA f Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Variant of ANUSCHKA. This is borne by Namibian author Anoeschka von Meck (1967-).
APHELELE m Xhosa
Meaning “they are perfect” or “they are complete” in Xhosa. Often given to the last child in Xhosa families.
ARABANG f Sotho
Means "reply" in Sotho.
ASAMAHLE f Nguni
Means "she is still beautiful" in Nguni.
ASAMKELE f Nguni
Means "let us accept" in Nguni
ATANG m & f Tswana
Means "multipy" in Setswana.
ATARELANG m & f Tswana
Means "receive with cupped hands" in Setswana.
ATASAONE m Tswana
Means "His (God's) hand" in Setswana.
AVHATENDI m & f Venda
Means "they do not believe" in Tshivenda.
AWAMI f Nguni
Means "belongs to me" in Nguni.
AXHOBA m Xhosa
The meaning of this name is, they are armed.
AYAKHA m Xhosa
Means "they build" in Xhosa.
AYANDA f Shona
Means "we are many" in Shona.
AZELLE f Afrikaans (Rare), English (Rare)
Possibly a feminization of AZEL.
AZWIANEWI m & f Venda
Means "something that cannot be told" in Tshivenda.
AZWIHANGWISI m & f Venda
Means "unforgettable" in Tshivenda.
BAAITSE m & f Tswana
Means "they know" in Setswana.
BAAKANTSE f Tswana
Means "they thought" in Setswana.
BAAKANYANG m & f Tswana
Means "mend, repair" in Setswana.
BABSIE f South African
Short and familiar form of BARBARA.
BABUSI m Tswana
Means "leaders" in Setswana.
BADUMEDI f Tswana
Means "believe" in Setswana.
BAFANA m Zulu
Derived from Zulu abafana, the plural form of umfana, meaning "boy, young man."
BAFISKE f Tumbuka
Means "let them do as they please" in Tumbuka.
BAHELWANG m & f Tswana
Means "why give them?" in Setswana.
BAITSHEPHI m & f Tswana
Means "the just" or "the saints" in Setswana.
BAITUMETSE m Tswana
Means "they are happy" in Setswana.
BAKANG m & f Tswana
Means "praise" in Tswana.
BALIJEKWAO f Tumbuka
Means "they have no home" in Tumbuka.
BANELE m Ndebele
Means "boys are enough" in Ndebele.
BANGA m Shona
Means "knife" or "sword" in Shona. Banga is the name of a Ngbandi god of water.
BANKATAMETSE f Tswana
Means "they are close to me" in Setswana.
BANYATSANG f Tswana
Means "why do they doubt?" in Setswana.
BAPAKI m Tswana
Means "those who give testimony" in Setswana.
BARTHO m Dutch, Afrikaans
Short form of BARTHOLOMEUS. Notable bearers of this name include the Dutch actor Bartho Braat (b. 1950) and the South African writer Bartho Smit (1924-1986).
BARULAGANYE f Tswana
Means "they are in order" in Setswana.
BARUTI m Tswana
Means "teacher" in Tswana.
BASADIBOTLHE f Tswana
Means "all women" in Setswana.
BASETSANA f Sotho
Means "ladies" in Sotho.
BASETSANABOTLHE f Tswana
Means "all girls" in Setswana.
BASIRELETSI m Tswana
Means "our protector" in Setswana.
BATHUSI m & f Tswana
Means "helpers" in Setswana.
BATSHEGI f Tswana
Means "those who laugh" in Setswana.
BATSIRAI f Shona
Means "help" in Shona.
BAYENKHU f Tumbuka
Means "where will they go?" in Tumbuka.
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
Possibly an Afrikaans variant of BEATA. It is the name of Namibian fashion model Behati Prinsloo (b. 1989).
BEKEBEKE f Zulu
Means "glittering" in Zulu.
BEKEZELA f Ndebele
Means "be patient" in Ndebele.
BHEKANI m Zulu, Ndebele
Means "look" in Zulu and Ndebele.
BHEKISISA f Zulu
Means "to be careful, cautious" in Zulu.
BHEKITHEMBA f Zulu
Means "look for hope" in Zulu.
BHEKIZIFUNDISWA m Zulu
Means "watch the educated ones" in Zulu.
BHEKIZIZWE m Zulu
Means "look after the nations" in Zulu.
BHEKUMBUSO m Zulu (Rare)
Means "look after the kingdom", from Zulu bheka "look after" and umbuso "kingdom, dominion".
BIRIA f Shona
Means "gathering" in Shona.
BOAMMARURI m Tswana
Means "truth" in Setswana.
BOATAMETSE m Tswana
Means "His kingdom drew near" in Setswana.
BOFELO f Tswana
Means "last" in Setswana.
BOGOSI m Tswana
Means "kingdom" in Setswana.
BOIKAEGO m Tswana
Means "someone to lean on" in Setswana.
BOIKANYO m & f Tswana
Means "trustworthy" in Setswana.
BOIKETLO f Tswana
Means "to relax" in Setswana.
BOIPUSO m Tswana
Means "independance" in Tswana.
BOITSHEPO f Tswana
Means "holy" in Setswana.
BOKAMOSO m & f South African, Sotho
Means "future".
BOKANG f Sotho
Means "praise" or "rejoice" in Sotho.
BONGAI f Shona
Means "be thankful" in a Shona dialect.
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.
BONGINKOSI m Zulu
Means "thanksgiving" in Zulu.
BORAGANE f Tswana
Means "small red-billed quelea" in Setswana.
BOTSHELO m Tswana
Means "life" in Setswana.
BRON m English (Modern, Rare), South African (Rare)
Transferred use of the surname BRON or perhaps a truncated form of LEBRON.
BRUNELDA f Afrikaans, Italian
Variant form of BRUNILDA, which is the Italian form of BRÜNHILD. This name is also frequently used in South Africa.
BUANG f Sotho
Means "speak" or "chat" in Sesotho.
BUCHULE m & f Xhosa
Means "skills; cleverness" in Xhosa.
BUKATA m & f Bemba
Means "God's glory" in Bemba.
BURGER m Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare), West Frisian (Archaic)
Dutch, Afrikaans and West Frisian form of the ancient Germanic name BURGHAR.... [more]
BUSISIWE f Zulu
Means "blessed" in Zulu.
BUTHO m Ndebele
Means "soldier" in Ndebele.
BVUMAI m Shona
Bvumai means "Admit". This may be a name given to say to adversary admit that you were wrong, you were defeated or that you committed the offence
BWERANI m Chewa
Means "come" or "come back" in Chewa.
CACILE f Ndebele
Means "clear" in Ndebele.
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.
CALVINIA f South African
Feminine form of CALVIN.
CASHILE f Zulu (Rare)
Possibly derived from cashisa meaning "conceal, hide."
CASTER f South African
Possibly a variant of CASTOR.
CAZIMIRA f Afrikaans (Rare)
Feminine form of CAZIMIR.
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.
CHAMIRAI m Shona
Means "be focused and diligent" in Shona.
CHAMU m Southern African
Short form of CHAMUNORWA. This is the nickname of Zimbabwean cricketer Chamu Chibhabha. His real name is Chamunorwa.
CHAPANJIRA f Chewa
Means "of the road, of the journey" in Chewa.
CHAPANSI f & m Nsenga
Child born after many miscarriages
CHAPASI f Tumbuka
Means "earth" in Tumbuka.
CHARL m South African
South African form of CHARLES. Notable bearers include Charl Willoughby, cricket player and Charl Schwartzel, golf player.
CHAWANANGWA m Tumbuka
Means "a blessing" in Tumbuka.
CHAWANZI m & f Nsenga
Meaning gift or freely given
CHENGETAI m & f African, Shona
To protect/to take care of
CHENJERAI m Shona
Chenjerai means "Be on guard, wisen up". Chenjerai Hunzvi the Zimbabwean Freedom Fighter is one bearer of this name.
CHENZIRA m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "born on a journey" in Shona.
CHIBINKHE m Tumbuka
Means "the dark (coloured) one" in Tumbuka.
CHIBVWIMBO m Tumbuka
Means "bird's nest" in Tumbuka.
CHIDO f Shona
Means "wish, desire; love" in Shona.
CHIKATIZYO f Nsenga
Means "helper" in Nsenga.
CHIKOMERA m & f Chewa
Means "goodwill, compassion" in Chewa.
CHILUFYA m & f Bemba
Means "the one who is lost" in Bemba.
CHIMANGO m Chewa
Means "builder" in Chewa.
CHIMIKA f & m Tumbuka
After miscarriage(s), family would use traditional medicine (herbs, roots, barks) to prevent a potential next miscarriage. Kumika, means to stop, halt, prevent. Chimika is what you use to stop, prevent, halt... [more]
CHIMURENGA m Shona
Chimurenga is a Shona word roughly translated to English as, "revolutionary struggle". The Shona language is spoken by the Shona people of Zimbabwe. This word is sometimes used as a given name.
CHITHUZI m Tumbuka
Means "shadow" in Tumbuka.
CHIVIMBISO f Shona
Means "the promise" in Shona.
CHOKOMERA m & f Chewa
Means "compassion" in Chewa.
CHOKWADI m Shona
Means "truth" in Shona.
CHOSANING'OMA m Tumbuka
Means "remove bad things" in Tumbuka.
CHRISELDA f Afrikaans, South African, Filipino
Presumably a variant of GRISELDA, influenced by names beginning with "Chris-", such as CHRISTINE.
CHRISZETTE f Afrikaans
Compound name of CHRISTINE and SUZETTE.
CHUMA m & f Bemba
Means "wealth" in Bemba.
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.
CORLIA f Afrikaans
Contracted form of CORNELIA.
CORNELLE m & f French (African), South African (Rare)
Likely a variant of CORNEILLE or CORNELL when used by men. It's possibly a variant of CORNELIA or a feminized form of CORNELL when used by women.
CRISKE f Afrikaans
Merging of the names Christen and Marike.
DADIRAI f Shona
Means "show off" in Shona.
DAKALO m & f Venda
Means "happiness" in Tshivenda.
DALISO m Chewa
A variant of DALITSO. ... [more]
DAMBISA f Southern African
A Zambian feminine name borne by the economist Dambisa Felicia Moyo.
DAMBUZGHO f Tumbuka
Means "troublesome" in Tumbuka.
DANANAI m & f Shona
Means "love each other" in Shona.
DANÉ f Afrikaans
Variant of DANAË.
DANISMO m Southern African
The meaning of Danismo is "Jubilant and Content with one's life and experiences." Commonly used to describe someone who has had good fortune recently.
DAVINCIA f Southern African
Peace and love
DAWIE m Afrikaans
Related to David and is the Afrikaans version of DAVID mostly used in South Africa.
DELA f Zulu (Rare)
Dela. in Zulu it means to become whole, to feel complete and satisfied.
DIDIMALANG f Tswana
Means "be quiet" in Setswana.
DIDIZA f Zulu
Means "flutter" in Zulu.
DIKELEDITSAME f Tswana
Means "my tears" in Setswana.
DIKELETSO f Tswana
Means "wishes" in Setswana.
DIKGAKGAMATSO m & f Tswana
Means "miracles" in Setswana.
DILIVIO m Afrikaans (Rare), Dutch (Surinamese, Rare)
Since this name is also found written as Di Livio, it is probably a combination of the Italian preposition di meaning "of" with the given name LIVIO... [more]
DIMAKATSO f Tswana
Means "surprises" in Setswana.
DINEO f Sotho
Means "gifts" or "talents" in Sotho.
DINEO f Tswana
"Gifts"
DIPESALEMA m Tswana
Means "psalms" in Tswana.
DIPHETOGO m Tswana
Means "changes" in Setswana.
DIPONE m & f Tswana
Means "lights" in Setswana.
DITEBOGO f Tswana
Means "gratitudes" in Setswana.
DITHAPELO m & f Tswana
Means "prayers" in Setswana.
DITHEBE m Tswana
Means "shields" in Setswana.
DITIRO m Tswana
Means "acts" in Setswana.
DITSHWANELO m & f Tswana
Means "rights" in Setswana.
DIZGHA m Tumbuka
Means "to be quiet" in Tumbuka.
DOLINDE f French (Archaic), Dutch (Rare), Afrikaans (Rare)
Archaic French vernacular form of ADELINDE found in the Poitou-Charentes region. Today, the name is occasionally found in the Netherlands and in Afrikaans-speaking South Africa... [more]
DONATION m South African, English (Puritan)
From the word donation, meaning "an act or instance of presenting something as a gift, grant, or contribution."
DUDUETSANG f Tswana
Means "ululations" in Setswana.
DUMISA m & f Tumbuka
Means "thank you" in Tumbuka.
DYSHIKI f South African
South African meaning One who Likes Candy
DZIKAMAI m Shona
Dzikamai means "settle down". The name is given to express the idea of settling down and not jumping from one relationship to another or one project to another. The former Zimbabwean Minister and MP, Dzikamai Mavhaire is one well known bearer of this name.
DZINASHE m Shona
Dzinashe means "It's with the Lord". One well known bearer of this name is Dzinashe Machingura.
DZIVA f Shona
Means "water" in Shona.
DZUWA m & f Chewa
Means "sunshine" in Chewa.
EGHARD m Ancient Germanic, Afrikaans
The first element of this name is derived from ag, an uncertain element for which several etymologies have been proposed. The most widely accepted explanation is that it comes from Proto-Germanic *agjo meaning "sharp, pointed"... [more]