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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Eneikedi f & m Ijaw
Means "look after your own" in Ijaw.
Enemo f & m Ijaw
Means "endurance" in Ijaw.
Eni m & f Yoruba
Short form of Eniola.
Enibraye f & m Ijaw
Means "my own" in Ijaw.
Eniye f Nigerian, Ijaw
Means "my child" in Ijaw.
Enoabasi m & f Ibibio
Means "gift of god" in Ibibio.
Enoba f Idoma
Means "mother of my husband" or "mother-in-law" in Idoma.
Eno-obong m & f Efik
Means "gift from God" in Efik.
Enyonyam f Western African
Means "it is good for me" in Ewe.
Eperulo m & f Bandial
Means "to scream at the top of one's voice" in Bandial.
Erebi f Ijaw
Means "the beauty of womanhood" in Ijaw.
Eremiemi f & m Ijaw
Means "my name shall survive" in Ijaw.
Eriayomi f Yoruba
My testimony of joy, "Ayomi" being "my joy."... [more]
Erin m & f Yoruba
Means "smile" in Yoruba.
Erinayo m & f Western African, Yoruba
Notable bearer is Erinayo Wilson Oryema, Uganda's first African Inspector General of Police.
Eromosele m Esan
Means "prayer has been answered" in Esan.
Ese m & f African, Edo
Eseimokumo m Ijaw
Don't talk bad of me
Eseoheose f Esan
Meaning: Free Gift of God
Eseose f Esan
Means: Gift of God
Eseose f Esan
Means "gift of God".
Eshu m African, Yoruba
A god of the Yoruba of West Africa.
Esikumo f & m Ijaw
Means "don't be afraid" in Ijaw.
Esosa m & f Western African, Edo
Means "God's gift" in Edo language.
Essien f Akan
Variant of Nsia.
Essien m Efik
Means "outside" in Efik.
Esu m & f Efik
Eteakamba m Efik
Efik origin, meaning, Great grand father,
Eteimowei m Ijaw
A man who saves
Ethmane m Western African
Variant of Uthman (chiefly Mauritanian).
Etido f Efik
Means "good character" in Efik.
Etim m Efik, Ibibio
Efik and Ibibio of south eastern Nigeria, meaning to Care for, to prepare for.
Etok m Efik
Means "small" in Efik.
Etom m & f Nigerian
Etom means "life" it is from the people of cross river state in Nigeria
Eton m & f Efik
Etoro f Efik
Means "praise" in Efik.
Eucharis f & m Ancient Greek, Literature, Nigerian (Rare)
Derived from the Greek adjective εὔχαρις (eucharis) meaning "charming, gracious". It consists of Greek εὖ (eu) meaning "good, well" combined with the Greek noun χάρις (charis) meaning "grace, kindness" (see Chares).... [more]
Evioghene f & m Isoko, Urhobo, Nigerian
It is a name beared by the isoko uhrobo language speaking people in Delta state, Nigeria.... [more]
Eyitemi m & f Western African (Rare)
An Itsekiri name, Meaning " this is my own ".
Ezenwa m Igbo (Rare)
The name Ezenwa is an Igbo name meaning King, Prince, or Son of King
Ezeuzo m Igbo
Means "king of the road" in Igbo.
Ezinwanne m Igbo
nwanne, nwanneka"good companion or relative" igbo, african
Faako m & f Dagbani
Means "mercy" in Dagbani.
Fa'idah f Hausa
Means "benefit, advantage" in Hausa.
Fa'iqah f Hausa
Means "surpassing, excellent" in Hausa.
Faithful m & f English (Archaic), English (Puritan), Literature, Nigerian
Virtue name meaning "loyal" or "having faith (in God)" that has been in use since the 16th century, initally mostly for boys, later also for girls.... [more]
Fa'izah f Hausa
Means "victorious" in Hausa.
Falala f Western African, Fula
Means "born into abundance" in Fula.
Fallou m Western African, French (African)
This name is of Senegalese origin.
Fanendo m Nigerian, African American (Rare)
Famous bearer of this name is Fanendo Adi, who is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a striker for American club, Portland Timbers.
Fasingha m & f Ijaw
Means "a name never dies" in Ijaw.
Fatimoh f Thai (Muslim), Nigerian
Form of Fatimah used in Thailand and Nigeria.
Febechi f Nigerian
It's of African origin. It means, "worshipper of God"
Fechukwu m & f Igbo
Worship God
Fedude m & f Ijaw
Means "death has ended" in Ijaw. ... [more]
Fela m Yoruba, Nigerian
Diminutive of Olufela
Felagha f & m Ijaw
Means "death has not reached me" in Ijaw.
Fenuku m & f Ewe
Means "year seed" in Ewe.
Fenure m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "we have riches" in Urhobo.
Feyi f Ewe
Means "a year has passed" in Ewe.
Filittene f Bandial
Means "it (the womb) learns" in Banjal.
Fisayo m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "add to my joy" in Yoruba.
Folaoluwashade f Yoruba
Means "the wealth of god is my crown" in Yoruba.
Folasade f Yoruba, Nigerian
Means "honour confers a crown" or "rule with nobility" in Yoruba.
Folashade f Yoruba, Nigerian
Variant transcription of Folasade.
Foluke m & f African, Nigerian
means Placed in God's hands
Fowoke f Yoruba
Means "girl who is pampered with money" in Yoruba.
Foyinsola f Yoruba
Means "add honey to its wealth" in Yoruba.
Funebi m & f Ijaw
Means "education is good" in Ijaw.
Funere f Ijaw
Means "A Learned Woman"
Funfun m & f Yoruba
Yoruba name that means "Pure"
Funke f & m Yoruba
Short form of Olufunke and Funmike.... [more]
Funkuro m Ijaw
Means "knowledge is power" in Ijaw.
Funmi m & f Yoruba
Means "give to me" in Yoruba. It can be used as a short form of names containing funmi, such as Funmilola and Olufunmilayo.
Funmike f Yoruba
Means "given to me to cherish" in Yoruba.
Funmilola m & f Yoruba
Means "give me wealth" in Yoruba.
Fuseina f African, Dagbani
In Northern Ghana, it is the name given to the second born of a pair of twin girls. The first born twin is named Fuseina According to superstition, the second twin is considered to be the older twin because it is said that during the trauma of birth, the older twin send the younger twin ahead to make sure the world is safe.
Fuseini m African, Dagbani
In Northern Ghana, it is the name given to the second born of a pair of twin girls. The first born twin is named Fuseini According to superstition, the second twin is considered to be the older twin because it is said that during the trauma of birth, the older twin send the younger twin ahead to make sure the world is safe.
Future m & f English (Rare), Western African, Southern African
This name is from the English word derived from Old French futur meaning "future, to come," which is then derived from Latin futurus meaning "going to be, yet to be, the future (as a noun)." The Latin word is an irregular suppletive future participle of esse meaning "to be," which comes from the Proto-Indo-European root *bheue- meaning "to be, exist, grow, come into being."... [more]
Fyiynfoluwa f Yoruba
Means "give praise to god, a person who never forgets to praise god for everything" in Yoruba.
Gado m Hausa
Means "bed" in Hausa. This name is traditionally given to the child born after twins.
Gagare m Hausa
Means "unconquerable" in Hausa.
Gajere m Hausa
Means "short" in Hausa.
Ganau m Hausa
From the Hausa ganī meaning “see". This name is traditionally given to boys born on the night of a full moon.
Gariba m Dagbani
"Corrupted name of Abukari" "name used by the 20th King of Dagbon and the 40th King"
Gbadebo m Nigerian, Yoruba
Means "returns with the crown" in Yoruba.
Gbekelolu m & f Yoruba
Means "it is left to God" in Yoruba.
Gbemi m Yoruba
Derived from the Yoruba gbé "(to) carry" (see: Gbemisola).
Gbeneowei m Ijaw
Means "complete man" in Ijaw.
Gbolahun f Yoruba
Means "show the wealth" in Yoruba.
Gboyega m Yoruba
Means "lifts chieftaincy up" in Yoruba.
Gesebo f & m Ijaw
Means "the just" in Ijaw.
Gesekeme m Ijaw
Means "upright man" in Ijaw.
Gesiye f & m Ijaw
Means "genuine" in Ijaw.
Ginikanwa f & m Igbo
Means "what is greater than a child" in Igbo.
Giwa m Western African, Hausa
Means "elephant" in Hausa.
Gnégnéri m Western African (Gallicized)
Borne by Ivorian footballer Gnégnéri Yaya Touré (1983-), known simply as Yaya Touré.
Godslove m & f Nigerian (Modern), English
The combination of God is love, God's love. "Meaning God's kind of love" or "God is love"
Godstime m & f Nigerian
From the English phrase God's time.
Golibe f Igbo
Short form of Golibenachukwu.
Golibenachukwu f Igbo
Means "rejoice the Lord" in Igbo.
Goriola m Yoruba
Means "climbed to the top of wealth" in Yoruba.
Gowon m African, Ngas, Nigerian
A common name used among the Jos Plateau people of Nigeria.
Goyit m Ngas
Foresight, seer, one who sees the future. The name is used in reference to a visionary.
Gubajuti m & f Bandial
Means "they do not have you" in Banjal.
Guondibo m & f Bandial
Means "They inter you there" in Banjal. This is considered a 'death prevention' name.
Guyyah m Bandial
Means "graves" in Bandial, originally a short form of Ammenguyyah. This is considered a 'death prevention' name.
Gwaggo f Hausa
Means "aunt" in Hausa.
Gwalajori m Kassena
Means "the slave raider has returned" in Kasem.
Gwhd f Western African, Anaang
Means “disgraceful; unworthy being” in Anaang.
Hadadangi m & f Western African, Hausa
Means "joining of clans" in Hausa.
Hadiatou f Western African
Western African elaboration of Hadia.
Hadizatu f Hausa
Hausa form of Khatijah.
Hafsatu f Western African
Western African form of Hafsa. Compare Aissatou.
Haƙurau m Hausa
From the Hausa hàƙurà meaning “be patient”.
Halimat f Western African
West African form of Halima, chiefly used in Nigeria.
Hamidou m Western African
Form of Hamid 1 or Hamid 2 used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Hamidu m Hausa
Hausa form of Hamid.
Hankali m & f Hausa
Means "intelligent" in Hausa.
Hasia f Western African
Probably a spelling variant of Hassia.
Hassana m Hausa
Hausa form of Hasan and Hassan.
Hassane m Arabic (Maghrebi), Western African
Alternate transcription of Hassan as well as the form used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Hauwa'u f Hausa
Hausa form of Eve.
Heineken m Ijaw
Probably derived from the Dutch surname Heineken.... [more]
Hikolana m Dagbani
when a child was born denoting the owner to have to brought blessing, luck and authority in a family in northern dagombi speaking family .
Husaini m Hausa
Hausa form of Husayn.
Ibiro m Hausa
Diminutive form of Ibrahimu.
Ibok m & f Efik
Ibrahimu m Hausa
Hausa form of Abraham.
Ibukun f Yoruba
Means "blessings; an addition" in Yoruba. It is often used as a short form for names starting with Ibukun.
Ibukunoluwa m & f Yoruba
Means "God's blessing" in Yoruba.
Idara f Hausa
Means "joy" in Hausa.
Idem m & f Efik
Idiebimo f & m Ijaw
Means "take care of me" in Ijaw.
Idim m & f Efik
Idirisu m Hausa
Hausa form of Idris.
Idongesit m & f Ibibio
Means "comfort" in Ibibio.
Idorenyin m & f Ibibio
Means "hope" in Ibibio.
Idriss m Arabic (Maghrebi), Western African
Arabic alternate transcription of Idris 1 chiefly used in Northern Africa as well as the form used in parts of Western Africa.
Idrissa m Western African
Form of Idris 1 used in parts of western Africa.
Ife f Yoruba
It means “February” and “Love” ... [more]
Ifedapo m & f Yoruba
Means "love came together" in Yoruba.
Ifedayo f Yoruba
Means "love turned to joy" in Yoruba.
Ifejika m Igbo, Nigerian
Why we are greater; What I have is greater;
Ifemelu f Igbo, Literature
Ifemelu is the name of the main protagonist in 'Americanah' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Ifeoluwa m & f Nigerian, Yoruba
Means "love of God" or "God's will" in Yoruba.
Ifetayo f Nigerian (Rare)
A name of African descent meaning "love brings joy".
Ifetundun f Yoruba
Means "love is sweet" in Yoruba.
Ifeyinwa f & m Igbo
Igbo (Nigerian)
Ifiemi f & m Ijaw
Means "there is time for everything" in Ijaw.
Igunikeme m Ijaw
Means "stranger" in Ijaw.
Iheanyichukwu m Igbo
Means "there is nothing God cannot do" in Igbo.
Ihotu f Idoma
Means "love" or "like" in Idoma.
Ihunanya f Igbo
Means "love" in Igbo.
Ihuomachukwu f Igbo
Means "good face of god" in Igbo.
Ikemba m Igbo
Means "strength of a nation" or "power of the people" in Igbo.
Ikeoluwa f Nigerian, Yoruba
Means "the care of God" in Yoruba.
Ikidaola m & f Yoruba
full of wealth
Ikiemoye f & m Ijaw
Means "thoughts" in Ijaw.
Ikuromo f & m Ijaw
Means "encourage me" in Ijaw.
Iliyasu m Hausa
Hausa form of Elias.
Ima f Ibibio
Means "love" in Ibibio.
Imohimi m & f Western African, Edo
Means "I have a support" in Edo language.
Imose f Western African, Edo
Means "beauty" in Edo.
Inemesit f & m Western African, Ibibio
Means "happiness" in Ibibio.
Ini f & m Western African, Ibibio
Means "time" in Ibibio.... [more]
Iniabasi m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means "God's time" in Ibibio.
Inibrakemi f Ijaw
Means "your destiny is in your hands" in Ijaw.
Iniekenimi f & m Ijaw
Means "know only your own" in Igbo.
Iniemem f & m Efik
"Time of peace"
Inioluwa m & f Yoruba
Means "property of the lord" in Yoruba.
Inipere f & m Ijaw
Means "here is my wealth" in Ijaw.
Inyang m & f Efik
Irawo m & f Yoruba
Means "star" in Yoruba.
Iredia m Western African, Esan
Means "stay" in Esan. ... [more]
Irekanmi f African, Yoruba
"It is now my turn for good things"
Iremide f & m Yoruba
Means "my goodness has come" in Yoruba.
Ireti m & f Yoruba
Means "hope" in Yoruba.
Irorezi f Isoko (Rare)
Means "good thoughts" in Isoko.
Irorezi f Nigerian
A feminine Nigerian name. The meaning is loosely translated to "good thoughts". This name could also be a diminutive of the Nigerian name Orezi, meaning "precious".
Iruuju m Igbo
Means "sorrowful" in Igbo.
Isiyaka m Hausa
Hausa form of Isaac.
Isiyaku m Hausa
Hausa form of Isaac.
Ismaïla m Western African
Western African form of Ismail (see Ishmael).
Isma'ilu m Hausa
Hausa form of Ishmael.
Isomubo m Ijaw
Means "messenager" in Ijaw.
Isongke f & m Western African, Anaang
Means "nothing is impossible" in Anaang, spoken in Nigeria.
Isufu m Hausa
Hausa form of Joseph.
Itohan f Western African, Edo, Ijaw
Means "mercy" in Edo and "I don't wish you bad" in Ijaw.
Itohanosa f Western African, Edo
Means "the mercy of God" in Edo language.
Itonyo f & m Ijaw
Means "my thought" in Ijaw.
Ituaton m Ijaw
Means "remember me" in Ijaw.
Iwa f Afizere
Means "eve" in Afizere.
Iwalaye m & f Yoruba
THE IWALAYE / IWALAIYE IS THE NAME OF A FAMILY (A ROYAL NAME )IN THE YORUBA LAND,EFFO-AMURO, KOGI STATE.
Iyabo f Western African, Yoruba
Means "mother has returned" in Yoruba.
Iyabode f Ijaw
Means "poverty has come" in Ijaw.
Iyabode f Yoruba
Yoruba for " mother has returned". When a the first girl child is born after the death of a grandmother, the child is given this name. Iya is the root word,which means mother. Such as Iyaba, wich means Grandmother.
Iyeoka f Western African, Yoruba
Means "mother who speaks the word" in Yoruba.... [more]
Iyiomo m & f Yoruba
ondo region of western nigeris
Izon-ebi m & f Ijaw
Means "the Ijaw life is good" in Ijaw.
Jaachike m Igbo
Praise God's mighty power.
Jadesola f Yoruba
Means "emerge into wealth" in Yoruba.
Jahali f Bandial
Means "worried" in Bandial.
Jegede m Nigerian (Modern)
A very active person that moves around a lot
Jemda m & f Dagbani
Means "worshipper" in Dagbani.
Jenda m & f Dagbani
It means Outstanding or exceptional when used as a verb, but when used as a noun it means responsibility
Jesam m & f Nigerian (Modern)
Originally, an expression used to indicated ... [more]
Jesubori f Yoruba
Meaning "Jesus is the winner" or "Jesus overcomes" in Yoruba
Jesumbo m & f Yoruba
It is a Yoruba name,a tribe in South-Western Nigeria which mean "JESUS IS COMING BACK" and in Hebrew Maranatha. It can be beared by both sexes reminding the hearer(s) of the second coming of the Lord Jesus who left this world over two thousand(2000) years ago...
Jesusemen m Esan
Meaning: Jesus is enough for me
Jeta m Nigerian
Meaning unknown. A known bearer of this name is the Nigerian filmmaker Jeta Amata (b. 1974).
Jibbanno m & f Bandial
Means "we have returned" in Banjal.
Jibirila m Hausa
Variant of Jibirilu.
Jibirilu m Hausa
Hausa form of Gabriel.
Jibrila m Hausa
Variant of Jibrilu.
Jibrilu m Hausa
Hausa form of Gabriel.
Jilañulo f & m Jola
Means "we have come back" in Jola.
Jilma f & m Dagbani
Means "honour, respect" in Dagbani.
Jiñappu m & f Bandial
Banjal unisex name meaning "the little one".
Jintora m & f Dagbani
Means "counselor" in Dagbani.
Jipareol f Bandial
Means "get ready for her" in Banjal.
Jobe f & m Igede
Means "give thanks" in Igede, spoken in Nigeria. Alternative meanings are "gratitude" or "be grateful".
Jummai f Hausa
From the Hausa Jumma'ā̀ meaning “Friday”.
Jumoki f & m African, Yoruba, Nigerian
Jumoki which in Nigerian means "everyone loves the baby". There is a dog on youtube named Moki, which is short for Jumoki.
Kaakyire m Akan
Means "last born" in Akan.
Kadiatu f Western African
Western African form of Khadija.
Kadidia f Western African
Form of Khadija used in parts of western Africa.
Kadidiatou f Western African
Form of Khadija used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Kadoa f Kassena
Means "born on a rainy day" in Kasem.
Kaedabi m & f Akan
Means "remember the past" in Akan.
Kaffe m & f Western African, Akan
Variant of Kofi.
Kagwala f Kassena
Means "woman who behaves like a slave raider" in Kasem.
Kaito m & f Igbo
Means "let us glorify God" in Igbo.
Kaitochi f Igbo
The name originates from the Igbo tribe in the Eastern part of Nigeria, West Africa. It means "let us praise God"; referring to the Christian God.
Kaku m Akan
Variant of Akua.
Kallamu m Hausa
Kallamu means Musa in Hausa
Kalu m Igbo (Rare)
Kalu is a shortened name of, or derived from; Kamalu or Kamanu, the deity of thunder. Kamalu is an important deity in the traditional belief system of the people of many subethnic Igbo people (an ethnic group of southeastern Nigeria)... [more]
Kamharida f Igbo
Means "may I not fall" in Igbo
Kanayochukwu m & f Igbo
Means "Let's keep asking God" in Igbo.
Kaneme m & f Igbo
Means "let's keep doing" in Igbo.
Kangmi m & f Western African, Goemai
Means 'joining of clans' in Goemai, spoken in Nigeria.
Kanye m African American, Igbo, Ewe, Yoruba, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
From the name of the town in Botswana.... [more]
Kaodinna m Igbo
Means "the way it pleases God" in Igbo.
Kaoni f Nigerian
Long awaited child
Kaosisochukwu m & f Igbo
Means "as it pleases God" in Igbo.
Kara f & m Western African, Ogoni, Khana
Means "pray, prayer" in Khana, a dialect of Ogoni language from Nigeria.
Karambeni f Jola
Means "to help you" in Jola.
Kariara f Ijaw
Means "I prayed for her" in Ijaw.
Kariebi m & f Ijaw
Means "the blessing we prayed for" in Ijaw.
Karmami m Hausa
Means "cornstalk" in Hausa.
Kasi f & m Dagbani
It means 'neat or clean'
Kataali f & m Dagbani
It means have no sins
Katakyie m Akan
Means "the strong man" in Akan.
Kauna f Hausa
Means "love" in Hausa.
Kazah m & f Nigerian
Means "God" in Bajju.
Kebe m Mabaan, Nigerian
Meaning, "Strong man with no fear."
Kéehu m & f Manjak
Means "the one who dies" or "the dead one" in Manjak. This name is given to protect the child from an early death.
Kemelayefa m Ijaw
Means "nothing is greater than a human being" in Ijaw.
Kenechi m Igbo
Means "thank God" or "thanks be to God" in Igbo (compare Ekene, Chi 2).
Kenhinde m & f Yoruba
One coming last. Often used for the second of twins.
Keniabarido f & m Ogoni
Khana for "as it pleases God (for him to do)"... [more]