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.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Bangda m & f Dagbani
Means "knowledgeable person" in Dagbani.
Bangsim m & f Dagbani
"Knowledge" denoting "Intelligence"
Bankole m Western African, Yoruba
Means "build my house for me" in Yoruba.
Baridakara f & m Ogoni
Means "God answers prayer(s)" in Khana.
Baridilo m & f Ogoni
God is with me
Barikpoa m Ogoni
Means "God save" in Khana.
Bariledum m Ogoni (Modern)
Means "God is alive" in Khana.
Barinedum m & f Khana, Gokana, Ogoni
"God give life".
Barisua f & m Ogoni
Means "God knows" in Khana.
Batifeori m Yoruba (Rare)
Means "how we want it to be" in Yoruba.
Bebebomobo f & m Ijaw
Means "interpreter" in Ijaw.
Bediako m Akan
Means "came to engage in wars" in Akan.
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?
Beemoni m Dagbani
"Founder of Gushegu and Karaga" "Name of one of the sons of Naa Gbewaa"
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.
Bekeara f Ijaw
Means "Englishwoman" in Ijaw.
Bekes f Ijaw
Short form of Bekeara.
Bekoe m Akan
Means "war time" in Akan, typically used for a child born in war.
Beleuzi f & m Ijaw
Means "first born" in Ijaw.
Beninye f & m Dagbani
Means "stay and witness" in Dagbani.
Beredugo f & m Ijaw
Means "judgement" in Ijaw.
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.
Betabasi m & f Ibibio
Means "wait for god" in Ibibio.
Bibinidei f Ijaw
Means "I have believed or accepted" in Ijaw.
Biboye f Ijaw
Means "destiny" in Ijaw.
Bidemi m & f Yoruba
Means "born awaiting me" in Yoruba.
Biebele f & m Ijaw
Means "joyful" in Ijaw.
Bigaŋ m & f Dagbani
"Not discriminated" denoting "I will not discriminate"
Bimpɛ f Yoruba
Beninese variant of Bimpẹ.
Bineti f & m Dagbani
Means "they have enlightened us" in Dagbani.
Binta f Hausa
From the Arabic بِنْت‎ (bint) meaning "daughter".
Bintou f Western African
From Arabic بِنْت (bint) meaning "daughter, girl".
Biodun m & f Yoruba
Means "born during a festival" in Yoruba.
Bisi m & f Yoruba
Short form of names containing bisi, such as Adebisi.
Bmidele f Yoruba
Means "follow me home" in Yoruba.
Bobolayefa f Ijaw
Means "nothing can be compared to my own" in Ijaw.
Bobomiegha f Ijaw
Means "I didn't do it on my own" in Ijaw.
Bodisere f Ijaw
Means "she likes to come to the world" in Ijaw.
Bokidara m & f Ibibio
Means "accept with joy" in Ibibio.
Bola f Yoruba
Short form of Bolanle, meaning "wealth coming". It is composed of bo ("come, coming") plus ǫlà ("riches, wealth").
Bolade m & f Yoruba
Means "comes with wealth" in Yoruba.
Bolouikie m & f Ijaw
Means "think of the future" in Ijaw.
Boluwaji m & f Yoruba
Means "wakes up with the lord" in Yoruba.
Boluwatife f Yoruba
Means "as god wishes, one who follows the will of god" in Yoruba.
Bomo f & m Ijaw
Means "praise" in Ijaw.
Bonna f Bariba
Name traditionally given to the second born daughter.
Bótwe m & f Akan
Means "eighth born" in Akan.
Boukazi m & f Ijaw
Means "a child born in a bush" in Ijaw.
Bozoma f Western African
From Ghana.
Brahima m Western African
Form of Ibrahim used in parts of western Africa.
Buboupakumo f Ijaw
Means "don't grow alone" in Ijaw.
Bukola m & f Yoruba
Means "adds to wealth, success" in Yoruba.
Bukunmi m & f Yoruba
Means "add to me" in Yoruba.
Bunmi m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "(God) gave me" in Yoruba.
Burabari f & m Ogoni
Means "God's will" in Ogoni.
Buronya m & f Akan
Means "Christmas" in Akan. This may be given to children born around this time of year.
Busayo m & f Yoruba
Means "added joy" in Yoruba.
Busola m & f Yoruba
Means "added wealth" in Yoruba.
Buwozi m & f Ijaw
Means "a child whose feet came out first before the head during birth" in Ijaw.
Buyon f Bariba
Name traditionally given to the fourth born daughter.
Çetulo f Bandial
Means "died coming" in Banjal. This is considered a 'death prevention' name.
Chalpang f Dagbani
Means "forgive" in Dagbani.
Chat f Nigerian
F, Bajju name from nigeria; it means, love or like
Cheikh m Western African, Arabic (Maghrebi)
Western African and Maghrebi variant of Sheikh.
Cheikha f Arabic (Maghrebi, Rare), Western African (Rare)
Feminine form of Sheikh (chiefly Algerian and Mauritanian).
Chekwubechukwu m & f Igbo
Means "hope in God" in Igbo.
Chentiwuni f & m Dagbani
Means "leave it to God" in Dagbani.
Chérif m Western African, Arabic (Maghrebi)
Form of Sharif used in North Africa and parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Chiazam f & m Igbo
God has answered my prayer. ... [more]
Chiazo m & f Igbo
From Chi 2 and Azo, "battle, struggles".
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]
Chibuzor f & m Igbo
Means "God is the way" in Igbo.
Chibwela f Igbo
All we know that the chi in Igbo means God
Chidera m Igbo
Means "God is here" in Igbo.
Chidili m Igbo
Means "God be with me" in Igbo.
Chidinma f Igbo
F - CHIDINMA or CHIDIMMA - "God is good"
Chidiomimi m Igbo
"God is Mysterious"... [more]
Chidirim f & m Igbo
Means "God is With me" in Igbo.
Chiedozie m Igbo
Means "God will repair" in Igbo.
Chiejina m & f Igbo
Means "let the night not come" in Igbo.
Chiekwe m & f Igbo
Means "Chi (god) has allowed it" in Igbo.
Chiemeela m Igbo
This is a name that is given among the Igbos usually it has a celebratory undertone to it. It is formed by joining two words "CHI-EMEELA" - "God thank you" Chi-God and Emeela-thank you/well done Usually it is given to baby boys when the parents are satisfied or do not wish to have more children, especially if the gender of the child was sought after.
Chigbata m Nigerian
Igbo man and he is from Anambra state,Nigeria
Chigozie m & f Igbo
Means "God bless" in Igbo.
Chijioke m Igbo
Means "God apportions gifts" in Igbo.
Chikamara m & f Igbo
Means "God knows best" or "God is wisdom" in Igbo.
Chikanma f & m Igbo
Means "God is the best" in Igbo.
Chikodinaka f African, Igbo
Means "in God's hands" 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.
Chimdindu m Igbo
Means "my God is alive" in Igbo.
Chinasaokwu m Igbo
Means "God is my advocate" in Igbo.
Chincia f Igbo
Variant of Chinasa.
Chinelo m Igbo
Means "the thoughts of God" in Igbo.
Chinemere m & f Igbo
Means "God is doing" in Igbo.
Chinenye f Western African, Igbo
Means "God gives" or "God is giving" in Igbo (compare Chichi, Chinyere).
Chineto f & m Igbo
"God praises" "God uplifts" "God glorifies" "God gives talent"
Chinua m African, Nigerian, Igbo
meaning: god's own blessing... [more]
Chinualumogu m Igbo
Means "may God fight on my behalf" in Igbo. This was the full birth name of Chinua Achebe (1930-2013), a Nigerian writer.
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.
Chinwendum m & f Igbo (Modern, Rare)
Means "I am consecrated to God" or "I am owned by God" in Igbo.
Chionye m Igbo
Means "God will give to him what he prays for" in Igbo.
Chisom f Igbo
Means "God follows me" in Igbo.
Chiwetel m Igbo
Means "God brings" in Igbo.
Chukwubuikem m Igbo
Means "God is my strength" in Igbo.
Chukwucheta m Igbo
Means "let God remember" in Igbo.
Chukwudubem m & f Igbo
Means "God, lead me" in Igbo.
Chukwudumebi m & f Igbo
Means "God is living with me" in Igbo.
Chukwuebuka m & f Igbo
Derived from the word Chukwu and the meaning is split between two separate words, "chukwu" and "ibuka" meaning "God" and "YOU ARE GREAT".... [more]
Chukwueneka m Igbo
Means "God has dealt kindly with" in Igbo.
Chukwumaeze m Igbo
Means "God knows the king" in Igbo.
Chukwunenye m Igbo
Igbo name from Eastern Nigeria. It originates from the belief that children are gifts from God and means "God gives". The feminine variant is Chinenye, which also has the same meaning
Chukwunwike m & f Igbo
Means "God has the power" in Igbo.
Clai f & m Yoruba
Meaning unknown.
Consensus m Western African
From the french word consensus "consens".
Coumba f Western African, Fula
Means "the one who has the strength" in Fula.
Dahama m & f Dagbani
Means "riches" in Dagbani.
Dalanda f Western African, African American
Means "creative" in Fulani.
Daliri f & m Dagbani
Means "good fortune" in Dagbani.
Damilola m & f Yoruba
Means "God makes me wealthy" in Yoruba.
Dandauda m Hausa
Is the name given to Sulaiman
Dangana m & f Dagbani
Means "confidence" or "trust in the goodness of God" in Dagbani.
Ɗanjuma m Hausa
From the Hausa ɗan meaning “son of” and Jumma'ā̀ meaning “Friday”.
Ɗanladi m Hausa
From the Hausa ɗan meaning “son of” and Lahàdi meaning “Sunday”.
Ɗanlami m Hausa
From the Hausa ɗan meaninf “son of" and ‎ Àlhàmîs meaning “Thursday”.
Ɗantala m Hausa
From the Hausa ɗan meaning “son of” and Tàlātā̀ meaning “Tuesday”.
Daouda m Western African
Form of Dawud used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Daraima m Efik
Means "celebrate love" in Efik.
Daramfon m & f Ibibio
Means "rejoice at grace" in Ibibio.
Daubode m Ijaw
Means "father has returned" in Ijaw.
Dauda m Hausa
Hausa form of David.
Daulayefa m Ijaw
Means "nothing can be compared to a father" in Ijaw.
Dede f Dagbani
Means "straight, rightly" in Dagbani.
Deeriq m African American, English (African), Western African
Elaboration of Eric using popular prefex De-.
Deji m & f Nigerian
Transferred use of the surname Deji.
Dekontee f & m Western African
Translates to the following: In God's Time or Time will tell or Patience.
Dele m Nigerian
An uncommonly used name from the West African country of Nigeria. This name is commonly pronounced as 'Deli' but this is not the real way on how to pronounce this name.
Dembo m Mende
Means "warrior" in Mende.
Demekai m Nigerian (Rare)
Transferred use of the surname Demekai.
Deobia m Nigerian
Short form of Oladeobia.
Derifagha f & m Ijaw
Means "laughter can never end" in Ijaw.
Dezy m Edo (Modern)
''You cant block God's path or you can not block ones destiny; diminutive of Aigbodezzy''
Dialika f Western African
Of unknown origin and meaning.... [more]
Diaraye f Western African
Western African form of Zahra.
Dideoluwakusidede f Yoruba
Means "the coming of the lord is at hand" in Yoruba.
Diekololaoluwa f Yoruba
Means "god's blessing is not small" in Yoruba.
Diekololaoluwalayemi f Yoruba
Means "the wealth of god in my life cannot be measured" in Yoruba.
Diji m Igbo
Means "a farmer" in Igbo.
Dikaya m & f Manjak
Means "is going nowhere" in Manjak. This name is given to protect the child from an early death.
Dimien m & f Ijaw
Means "God's work" or "the hand of God" in Ijaw.
Dinini m Ijaw
Meaning "mercy" or "pardon" in Ijaw.
Dinkyene m & f Akan
Derived from di meaning "eat" and nkyene meaning "salt". In Akan culture, the idea of 'eating salt' symbolises being alive, and this name acts as a mean of encouraging the child to live.
Dinobi f & m Igbo
Means "Beloved" relate to Nwadinobi
Dintoli m & f Dagbani
It means own
Diop m Western African
Senegalese name
Dirli m & f Dagbani
Means "sharp one" in Dagbani.
Disaaka m & f Akan
Means "you deserve saying it" in Akan.
Disemi f Ijaw
Means "I like it" in Ijaw.
Diseye f & m Ijaw
Means "desired" in Ijaw.
Ditorusin f & m Ijaw
Means "leave it for God" in Ijaw.
Diyinrin f Ijaw
Means "live life carefully" in Ijaw.
Djenaba f Western African
Western African name derived from Arabic Zeynab (see also Zeinabou).
Djénéba f Western African
A variant form of Zeinebou (chiefly Malian).
Djibril m Western African
Form of Jibril used in western Africa.
Dogo m Western African
Transferred use of the surname Dogo.
Dooakpo f & m Ijaw
Means "peaceful world" in Ijaw.
Dookeme m Ijaw
Means "man of peace" in Ijaw.
Doubra m & f Ijaw
Means "will" or "desire" in Ijaw.
Douye m Ijaw
Means "desire" in Ijaw.
Doyinsola f Yoruba
Means "my wealth is sweet" in Yoruba.
Dramane m Western African
Short form of Abd al-Rahman used in parts of western Africa.
Drissa m Western African
Form of Idris 1 used in parts of western Africa.
Duah m Akan
Means "tree" in Akan.
Duateme f Ijaw
Means "guardian spirit" in Ijaw.
Dujonou f Manding
Liberian Kpelle name meaning "peacemaker".
Dúkũ m & f Akan
Means "eleventh born" in Akan.
Dumlesi f & m Ogoni
Khana for "life/ prosperity is ahead" or "bright future"... [more]
Dumo m Ijaw
Dumo means Life Ibi Dumo means good life where Ibi means good .
Duro m & f Yoruba
Means "wait" in Yoruba.
Dzidefo m & f Ewe
Origin African Ghana Togo Benin... [more]
Ebeleakpo f Ijaw
Means "sweet life" in Ijaw.
Ebelechukwu f Igbo
Means "God's mercy" in Igbo.
Ebelembo f Bandial
Means "throwing there" in Banjal.
Ebeleuzoma f Western African (Modern)
Combination of Ebele meaning "mercy, kindness" with Uzoma meaning "good way".
Eberechi f & m Igbo
The mercy of God
Ebi m & f Ijaw
Means "good" in Ijaw.
Ebiakpo m & f Ijaw
Means "good life" in Ijaw.
Ebibaratimi f & m Ijaw
Means "live life well" in Ijaw.
Ebidese f & m Ijaw
Means "love good things" in Ijaw.
Ebidisebofa m & f Ijaw
Means "there is no one that doesn't like good things" in Ijaw.
Ebidowei m Ijaw
A man who seeks good
Ebiegberi m & f Western African, Ijaw
Means "good news" in Ijaw.
Ebiere f Western African, Ijaw
Means "fine lady" in Ijaw.
Ebifinidei f & m Ijaw
Means "good things have been opened to me" in Ijaw.
Ebigba m Ijaw
Means "talk good" in Ijaw.
Ebikake f Ijaw
Means "accept good things" in Ijaw.
Ebimie m & f Ijaw
Means "do good" in Ijaw.
Ebimoboere f Ijaw
Means "woman who has brought good" in Ijaw.
Ebinimi f & m Ijaw
Means "recognise good" in Ijaw.
Ebiowei m Ijaw
Means "good man", "handsome man" or "kind-hearted man" in Ijaw.
Ebiundu m Ijaw
Means "good life" in Ijaw.
Ebiye m & f Ijaw
Means "a good thing" in Ijaw.
Ebizimor m & f Ijaw
Means "born in a good season" in Ijaw.
Ebrakumo f Ijaw
Means "don't forget me" in Ijaw.
Ebun f Yoruba, African
Meaning "gift" in Yoruba.
Eccatti f Bandial
Means "He (God) has not rewarded you" in Banjal.
Edem m & f Efik
Means "last" or "God has delivered me" in Efik.
Edet m & f Efik
Means "market" in Efik and is given to babies born on market day.
Edetobo m Efik
Means "market day" in Efik.
Edidem m Efik
Means "chief" in Efik.
Edidiong f & m Efik
Means “blessing” in Efik.
Edikan m Efik
Means "victory" in Efik.
Ediwakima f & m Efik, Ibibio
"Abundance Love"
Edoghogho m & f African, Isoko, Edo
This name which means "Day of Joy," originates from the Isoko and Edo ethnolinguistic groups of Southern Nigeria which is located on the West Coast of Africa. Broken down, it means: "Ede - Day" and "Oghogho - joy" (Which is also very common as a name in both these cultures) When combined however, it morphs into the spelling: "Edoghogho" meaning "Day of Joy" or "The Day of Joy." Phonetically, it can be pronounced "Ed-o-ghor-ghor" with the "r" silent.
Edubamo f Ijaw
Means "honour me" in Ijaw.
Efem f Efik
Means "troubled" in Efik.
Effia f Akan, Literature
Meaning, “girl born on Friday.”
Effiom m Efik
Means "crocodile" in Efik.
Effiong m & f Efik
Means "born on effiong" in Efik. Effiong is one of the traditional week days.
Efosa m Yoruba
meaning "God's Well" and is of Beninese origin
Efuru f Igbo
Means "daughter of heaven" in Igbo.
Eghonghon f Esan
Means "joy" in Esan.
Ego f Nigerian
Diminutive of Egobunma.
Ehi f Idoma
Means "gift" in Idoma.
Ehigoco m & f Agatu
Means "gift of God" in Agatu.
Ehiremen m Esan
My Destiny (It can also mean the Lord) has given me
Ehizefua m Esan
Means: my (Ehi) Destiny (ze) chooses (Efua) Light or what is white
Ejikeme m Igbo
Used mostly by the Igbos of West Africa. ... [more]
Ejimmadu m & f Igbo
I am with human being
Ekaete f Western African, Ibibio, Efik
Means "father's mother". It is given in honor of one's paternal grandmother.
Ekei m & f Efik
Ekejiuba m Nigerian
Chineke ji uba... [more]
Ekhoe m & f Western African, Edo
Means "mind" in Edo language.
Ekio m Western African, Ijaw
Means "wisdom" in Ijaw.
Ekiye m Ijaw
Means "remember me" in Ijaw.
Ekong m Efik
Means "war" in Efik.
Ekpa f & m Efik
Ekpedeme m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means "who should share?" in Ibibio.
Ekpolayun m Ijaw
Means "it will reach you too" in Ijaw.
Ekwunife m & f Igbo
Means "don't make a secret open" in Igbo.
Ekwutosi m & f Igbo
Means "don't cause slander" in Igbo.
Elayokon f Ijaw
Means "take what reaches you" in Ijaw.
Elo f Esan
Means "face, eye" in Esan.
Elochukwu m & f Igbo
"elo" means plan while "chukwu" means God. "Elochukwu" means the plan of God or God's plan.
Eloghosa m & f Edo
Originated 4rm benin city,edo language..it means (its not hard for God)
Ema m & f Efik
Emaobong f Efik
Means "love of God" in Efik, derived from ema meaning "love" and obong meaning "God".
Emechebe m & f Igbo
Means "when it’s done then it’s thought about" in Igbo.
Emekan f Efik
Means "endurance supercedes everything" in Efik.
Emekemeabasi m & f Efik
Means "the Lord is able" in Efik.
Emeleakpo f Ijaw
Means "good life" in Ijaw.
Ememabasi m & f Efik
Means "peace of the Lord" in Efik, derived from emem meaning "peace" and abasi meaning "Lord".
Emembong m & f Ibibio
Means "peace of god" in Ibibio.
Ememobong m & f Efik
Means "peace of the God" n Efek, derived from emem meaning "peace" and obong meaning "God".
Eme-obong f Efik
Means "precious one of God" in Efik.
Emmsdan m & f Yoruba (Rare)
Means "excellence of God's Salvation" in Igala (a language in the Yoruboid branch, common to Nigeria), from Igala emms "excellence" and dan "God Our Salvation".
Emomu f & m Ijaw
Means "follow me home" in Ijaw.
Enderline f Nigerian (Modern, Rare)
Of unknown meaning.... [more]
Ene f Idoma
Means "mother" in Idoma.