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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ABA f Akan
Means "born on Thursday" in Fante, a dialect of Akan.
ABADIBO f & m Ijaw
Means "a person from the sea" in Ijaw.
ABAYOMI m & f Yoruba
Means "he came to bring me joy and happiness" or "I would have been mocked" in Yoruba.
ABEIKU m Akan
Means "born on Wednesday" in Fante, a dialect of Akan.
ABEKE f Yoruba
Means "one begged to care for" in Yoruba.
ABODERIN m Yoruba
Means "one who walks in the company of hunters" in Yoruba.
ABRA f Ewe
Means "Tuesday-born girl" in Ewe.
ACHIKE m Igbo
Means "take the things of the world easy" in Igbo.
ADAKU f Igbo
Means "daughter of wealth" in Igbo.
ADAORA f Igbo
Means "the people's daughter" 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.
ADESUWA f Edo
Means "in the midst of prosperity" in Edo.
ADIA f Igede, Swahili
Means "queen" in Igede and "(valuable) gift" in Swahili, from Hausa adia
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.
AFOGORI m & f Bandial
Means "S/he gets buried around" in Banjal. This is considered a 'death prevention' name.
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.
AKAMMBOÑAA f Jola
Means "she tries it for nothing" or "she does it there for nothing" in Jola-Fonyi. This is applied to a woman in reference to her repeated failure to carry a pregnancy to term, implying the bearer gets pregnant in vain.
AKINFELA m Yoruba
Means "bravery expands the coast of wealth" in Yoruba.
AKKALENJAYI f & m Bandial
Means "she torments her mother" or "he torments his mother" in Bandial (a Jola language of Senegal, also known as Gújjolaay Eegimaa).
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.
AMARI m African, Yoruba, 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.
AMIGAAT m & f Bandial
Means "He/she has a skinny leg" in Banjal (also known as Gújjolaay Eegimaa).
AMUL-YAAKAAR m & f Wolof
Means "s/he has no hope" in Wolof. This is considered a 'death prevention' name.
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.
ARUKUBU f & m Ijaw
Means "a child born in a canoe" in Ijaw.
ASAASEASA m & f Akan
Means "the land is finished" in Akan. The implication of this name is that there is no more land for the dead to be buried - so the child is encouraged to live as there will be no more space for his/her burial.
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.
ÁSSUMA m & f Bandial
Means "the nice one" or "the unselfish one" in Banjal.
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.
ÁTUAY m & f Bandial
Banjal unisex name meaning "the white one".
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.
AYEBATONYE m & f Ijaw
Means "what God has destined" or "destiny" in Ijaw.
AYINDE m & f Yoruba
Means "we gave praises and he came" in Yoruba.
AYLINTÁ f Western African
The name Aylintá comes from the West African nation of Senegal and means Bearer of Light or Bringer of Light.
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]
BERU f Bariba
Name traditionally given to the sixth born daughter.