Western African Submitted Names
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Ketugay m & f Jola
Means "Die till you get tired of it" in Jola. This name is given to an infant who is believed to be a spirit child who has been coming and going between life and death.
Kikelomo f Yoruba
Means "child whom everyone loves pampering" in Yoruba.
Kisi f & m Ogoni
Means "move/ go forward" or "progress" in Khana,... [
Kokumo m & f Yoruba
Means "he will not die anymore" in Yoruba, typically given to an
child. Abiku are spirits that are believed to enter a pregnant woman and move in a constant cycle of birth, death, and rebirth... [
Kolawole m Yoruba
Means "he brings nobility, wealth, honour, into the house" in Yoruba.
Kpadia m Ijaw
Meaning unknown. It was the name of an Ijaw king.
Kudirat f Yoruba
Possibly from the Yoruba
Kuma f Efik
Means "I'm still in love with you" in Efik.
Kunle m Yoruba
Means "much-praised home" or "home is full with honours" in Yoruba.... [
Kwada m Bariba
Means "last son of the throne" in Batonu.
Laazis m Tiv
Mr laazis is an english name of a gospel singer
Ladi f Hausa
From the Hausa
Lami f Hausa
From the Hausa
Laminde f Hausa
Etymology uncertain. Traditionally given to girls born on Thursdays.
Laraba f Hausa
Derived from the Arabic
meaning "fourth". This name is traditionally given to girls born on Wednesdays.
Lebia f Ogoni
Means "pretty girl/ lady" or "good girl/lady" in Khana,... [
Leke m Yoruba
Means "trimuph" in Yoruba. Often used as a short form of other names ending in
, such as
Lelosa f Nigerian
Means "Follow God." in Benin; an ethnic group in Nigeria.
Lotambii'n m Igbo
Used by the Igbo fiction charachter Uzochi Lotambii'n Ihejirika, and has no meaning.
Maaouya m Western African
A known bearer is Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya (1941-), a Mauritanian military officer who served as the president of Mauritania from 1984-2005.
Mafamadi m & f Akan
Means "I have taken it for free" in Akan.
Magajiya f Hausa
Means "heiress" in Hausa. In some dialects this means "madam" and is avoided.
Mahari m & f Yoruba
Means "one who forgives" or "forgiver" in Yoruba.
Mairak f Hausa
Means "daughter of a chief" in East Hausa.
Mairiga m Hausa
From the Hausa
meaning "possessing” and
Malidoma m Western African
According to Burkinabé writer Malidoma Somé (1956-), his name means "he who makes friends with strangers" in Dagara.
Mashgash m & f Igbo
Posh name. Meaning: Intelligence and beauty
Matemasie m & f Akan
Means "I have heard and concealed the fact" in Akan.
Megafu m & f Igbo
Means "do for all to see" in Igbo.
Meissa f Western African, Astronomy
; from Arabic
meaning "shining, glittering". This is also the traditional name of Lambda Orionis, a star in the Orion constellation.
Melubari m Ogoni
It is known among the Ogoni people of Southern Nigeria and it means "who is God?"
Membolu m Igbo
Means "do something to me and I retaliate" in Igbo.
Menari m & f Igbo
Means "do more than is expected" in Igbo.
Menebue m Ogoni
Means "Paramount Ruler", "Chief of a Community" or simply "A King"
Mmayen f Efik
Efik origin, Child's mother, alias for grandmother,
Mobiisola f Yoruba
meaning- literal translation "i gave birth to her in wealth" basically this child was born into a wealthy family,one highly esteemed in society. though the name is not gender selective, it is almost always used for females
Modadeola m Yoruba
Means "man wearing a crown of wealth or affluence" in Yoruba.
Moji f Yoruba
Means "I rise" or "I wake" in Yoruba. It is often used as a short form of names beginning with
, such as
Mojoyinade m & f Yoruba
Means "I enjoyed the splendor of being royalty" in Yoruba.
Moradeke f Yoruba
Means "I have gotten something precious to pamper" in Yoruba.
Muogboo m Igbo
Means "let the spirits intervene or settle the matter" in Igbo.
Naani f & m Dagbani
Means "trust" or "confidence" in Dagbani.
Napaga f Dagbani
It's a name popular with royals of the Dagbani tribe of Northern Ghana. It means the queen's mother.
Narai f Hausa
Means "born on a Wednesday" in Sokoto Hausa.
Nasara f & m Dagbani
It means ''victory'' or ''success'' in Dagbani.
Nauwara f Nigerian
Derived from Arabic نَيِّر
meaning "luminous, brilliant".
Ngohide f Western African
my mother has returned. usually given to the first daughter born after the death of a mother
N'golo m Manding
This name means "I've largely procreated" (said by the newborn's father) in Bambara. It is traditionally given to the third-born son. ... [
Njalwuni m & f Dagbani
"Literally means Given my life to God" "Leaning on God"
Nkaeguo m & f Akan
Means "saying it for nothing" in Akan.
Nkeirouka f Western African, Igbo
This is the name of Russian curler Nkeirouka Ezekh. Her father is of Nigerian Igbo descent, and her mother of Chuvash.
Nkeoma f & m Igbo
Means "that which is good" in Igbo.
Nnaemeka m Igbo
God the father has done great also related to chukwuemeka
Nseobong f & m Ibibio, Nigerian
Ibibio, Nigeria. means I look up to God. When all hope is lost, you must look up to God
Nsidibe m Nigerian
It mean nothing can be hidden from God. The name of many Nigerian Princes.
Nuname m African, Ewe
Means Gift. Used by the Ewe tribe of Ghana, Togo and Benin of West Africa.
Nuong f Western African, Dagarti
A West African Ghanaian Dagarti name which means sweet or to bloom signifying the blooming of a flower. It is also used for girls born during a period of enjoyment.
Nusesi m & f Ewe
Means "Thy powerful Hand" or "Powerful Hand"
Nwakanma f Igbo
This feminine name means "Child is better" in Igbo.
Nwakauba m & f Igbo
Means "a child is more valuable than wealth" in Igbo.
Nwankwo m Igbo
Means "born on Nkwo market day" in Igbo. Nwankwo Obiora is a Nigerian footballer who plays for Académica de Coimbra as a defensive midfielder.
Nyame m Akan
The name of the sky god for the Akan people. Meaning "he who knows and sees everything".
Nyimenka f Nigerian
Nyimenka is used in Nigeria, particularly in Eleme, and means 'good mother.'
Nyina f Akan
From the Akan
meaning "kapok tree".
Oba f Yoruba, African Mythology
Means "king, ruler" in Yoruba. It can refer to
, a spirit associated with infectious disease and healing.
Obiajulu m Igbo
Obiajulu is an Igbo name; and it simply means my heart has cool down.
Obiora m Igbo
Means "the mind of the people" in Igbo.
Obumneme m & f Igbo
Means "am I the one causing it?" in Igbo.
Odera m & f Nigerian
Nigerian name meaning "fate, fortune, destiny".
Odinakachukwu m & f Igbo
Means "it's in the hand of God" in Igbo, from