Western African Submitted Names
Western African names
include those from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. See also about African names
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ABADIBO f & m Ijaw
Means "a person from the sea" in Ijaw.
ABAYOMI m & f Nigerian, Yoruba
Means "he came to bring me joy and happiness" or "I would have been mocked" in Yoruba.
ACHIKE m Igbo
Means "take the things of the world easy" in Igbo.
ADAKU f Igbo
Means "daughter of wealth" in Igbo.
ADEBISI f Yoruba
Means "the crown has given birth to more" in Yoruba. This is the name of the (Nigerian) mother of British musician Seal Samuel.
ADEMOLA m Yoruba
Means "the crown along with wealth" or "the crown has been added to the wealth" in Yoruba.
ADEOLA f & m Yoruba
Means "crown of wealth" in Yoruba. It is also a surname.
ADOLE m Idoma
Means "father of the house" in Idoma.
ADUKE f Yoruba
Means "one (people) struggle(d) to care for" in Yoruba.
AFAFA f Ewe
Means "the first child of the second husband" in Ewe.
AFRYEA f Ewe
Means "born during happy times" in Ewe.
AIDEVO f Yoruba
Means "no one can change my destiny but God" in Yoruba.
AINOSE f & m Esan
Means "no one is greater than God" in Esan.
AKINFELA m Yoruba
Means "bravery expands the coast of wealth" in Yoruba.
AKPO m & f Edo
Means "short person" in Edo.
AKPOMOFA f & m Ijaw
Means "the world is not as you think of it" in Ijaw.
AKÚ f Akan
Means "Wednesday" in Akan.
AKUNNA f Igbo
Means "father's wealth" in Igbo, from aku
meaning "property, wealth" and nna
ALAERE f Ijaw
Means "queen, woman of substance" in Ijaw.
ALATARI m & f Ijaw
Means "king's love" or "love of royalty" in Ijaw.
ALAZIDEI m Ijaw
Meaning "I have given birth to royalty" in Ijaw.
ALERA f & m Ogoni
Means "enough" or "it is enough" in Khana.
AMADIOHA m Igbo
Amadioha is the Igbo alusi of thunder and lightening.
AMARI m African, Western African
A noted bearer was a Damel of Cayor, Amari Ngoné Ndella, who ruled from 1790 AD to 1809 AD. The Kingdom of Cayor was one of the largest of most powerful kingdoms in what is now Senegal, existing from 1549 AD to 1879 AD.
AMENAGHAWON f & m Western African, Edo
Literally translated to "the water you shall drink" in Edo, from the proverb Amen na gha won ighi le se omwan rhae
, meaning "the water you shall drink will surely come to be", implying that what is destined to be, will be.
AMEWUSIKA f Ewe
Means "people are more valuable than material things" in Ewe.
ANDI m & f Dagbani
Means "you will win" or "victor" in Dagbani.
ANEKWE m Igbo
Means "let the gods not agree to bad things" in Igbo.
ANTOBAM f Akan
Means "posthumous child" in Fante. It is typically given to a child whose father died before they were born.
ANYIM m Nigerian
A notable bearer is Anyim Pius Anyim, a Nigerian politician.
ARCHIBONG m Efik, Ibibio
of Efik Origin, originally pronounced asibong but changed by the british to Archibong, meaning Kings Father, Kings Friend, (amasi Obong)
ARUKUBU f & m Ijaw
Means "a child born in a canoe" in Ijaw.
ASABI f Yoruba
Means "one selected for birth" in Yoruba.
ASHON m Akan
Means "seventh born son" in Akan.
ASISAT f Nigerian
The name of the professional woman football player Asisat Oshoala, playing for FC Barcelona.
ATSEN m Afizere
Atsen which means"Visitor" is a male given name among the Afizere people of Nigeria. who are predominantly in Jos Plateau and Bauchi State Nigeria.
ATTA m Akan
Means "twin" in Fante, an Akan language.
AWARAN m & f Ijaw
Means "a child born during the august break in the rainy season" in Ijaw.
AYAKPO f & m Ijaw
Meaning "new world or life" in Ijaw.
AYINDE m & f Yoruba
Means "we gave praises and he came" in Yoruba.
AYOKA f Yoruba
Means "one we rejoice to pluck" in Yoruba.
AZUKA m Igbo
Means "the past is greater" or "my back is greater" in Igbo.
BADE m Nigerian
The use of the name in Nigeria is likely due to the Bade Emirate, a traditional state in Yobe State, Nigeria, the home of the Bade people.
BEDUNA m Nigerian, Ngas
The name BEDUNA is from plateau state Nigeria which means" is it bad? its a question name, when someone utter a word that is not good and didn't come to pass then you can ask him BEDUNA " is it bad?
BEJIDE m Yoruba
Means "(one that) come(s) with rain" in Yoruba.
BEKE m & f Ijaw, Ogoni
Means "America" or "American" in Khana and "English" in Ijaw.
BEKOE m Akan
Means "war time" in Akan, typically used for a child born in war.
BERITDA m Ngas
BERITDA in Ngas language of plateau state means."""it turns out to be good?... [more]
BIODUN m & f Yoruba
Means "born during a festival" in Yoruba.
BODISERE f Ijaw
Means "she likes to come to the world" in Ijaw.
BOUKAZI m & f Ijaw
Means "a child born in a bush" in Ijaw.
BUKOLA m & f Yoruba
Means "adds to wealth, success" in Yoruba.
BUWOZI m & f Ijaw
Means "a child whose feet came out first before the head during birth" in Ijaw.
CHAT f Nigerian
F, Bajju name from nigeria; it means, love or like
CHIAZOR f & m Igbo (Anglicized)
An Igbo name that became noticeable about the 1960's..Meaning: God saves or God is the one that saves or God has saved. This name is tone and dialect dependent.
CHIBUIFEM m & f Igbo (Latinized, Rare)
An emerging name common among the people of south-eastern zone of nigeria. It was first coined and named by the family of Sir Christopher Anthony Chibuife Onyia. It means "God is my light" or "God is the light to my pathway so I fear no evil and don't grope in darkness... [more]
CHIKAMARA m & f Igbo
Means "God knows best" or "God is wisdom" in Igbo.
CHIKWENDU m Igbo, African
This name - Chikwendu is a typical Igbo name. It is an "expressive" wish or desire for God (Chi) to 'allow, permit or grant' (kwe) life (ndu) to someone you consider dear.... [more]
CHIMAMANDA f Igbo
Means "my God will not fail me" in Igbo. A famous bearer is Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
CHINELO m Igbo
Meaning the 'The thoughts of personal God'. 'Chi' meaning in igbo
CHINETO f & m Igbo
"God praises" "God uplifts" "God glorifies" "God gives talent"
CHINWEMMERI f & m Igbo
Chinwe is a short form of a variety such as Chinwendu, Chinweizu, Chinwemmeri and others. Chinwe in itself means "God's own." Chinwemmeri means "God's own victory." These names are synonymous with the Igbo ethnic group from the south eastern Nigeria.
CHIONYE m Igbo
Means "God will give to him what he prays for" in Igbo.