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Baby Names And It’s Origin: African Names And Their Meanings

Diverse tribes across the continent from places like the Sahara Desert, Serengeti, and Mt. Kilimanjaro, provide a wealth of naming heritage representing great warriors, beauty, and traditions passed down through generations.

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet…
Asked Juliet of Romeo in Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet.

Yes it’s true that a rose if called by some other name would still smell just as sweet as a rose. However, in her plea to Romeo to shed his surname Montague, Juliet reiterates the fact that a name has a lot to do with one’s identity. Yes, it is true that a change in one’s name would not change the person. Nevertheless, in most cultures names have got a lot to do with the child born. Birth of a child is a celebrated event all over the world. There are lot of expectations and joy associated with the arrival of a new member into a family. In many cases, the emotions associated with a child’s birth can be understood by the baby name meanings.

Are you looking for names for your little bundle of joy? If it is names of African origin that you are looking for, this article will surely be of help. Here is a list of African names separately categorized into names for boys and girls, along with their meanings.

 

African Names with Meanings for Boys

NameMeaning
AbayomiOne who brings a lot of joy(Nigeria)
AbdulGod’s servant
AbiolaOne who is born in wealth and honor
AdeRoyal (Nigeria)
AdebayoBorn in the time of happiness
AdebenThe twelfth born. (Ghana)
AdeenLittle fire
AjaniOne who wins the struggle
AmariSomeone of great strength
AyoHappiness in Nigerian
AziboYouth in Nigerian
BakariPromising (In Swahili)
BarkeBlessings
BitonBorn after a long wait
BoboOne who is born on Tuesday. (Ghanian name)
BomaniMalawian for a strong soldier
BronThe source or origin
ChachaStrong (popular in Zimbabwe)
ChidiGod exists
ChikePower of God
ChimalsiYoung and proud
ChisuloVery strong, like steel
DakaraiHappiness
DarenA Nigerian name which means born at night
DavuThe beginning
DiaWest African name that means the champion
DialloThe brave one
DinCongolese name that means the great
EboBorn on Tuesday
EkonStrong in Nigerian
ElewaVery intelligent
ElimuKnowledge
EnamA gift from God
ErastoMan of peace
ErevuClever
EzeKing
FabumiGift of God
FahimLearned
FakihIntellectual
FarhaniHappy
GambaWarrior
GazaliMajestic
GenetEden
GhalibWinner
GirmaMajesty
GyasiWonderful
HaamidGrateful
HabenPride
HabibBeloved
HagosJoy
HamisiBorn on Thursday
HasanHandsome (In Swahili)
HasaniHandsome (In Swahili)
IdiBorn during the Id-ul-Fitr festival
IdrissaImmortal
IpyanaGrace
IssaSalvation
JabariFearless
JabarlValiant (In Swahili)
JabirComforter
NameMeaning
JamalElegance
JamarHandsome
JawaraPeace loving
JelaniPowerful
KellanPowerful
KendiLoved one
KibweBlessed’ (In Swahili)
KiraboGift
KofiBorn on Friday
KojoBorn on Monday
LatifGentle
LenchoLion
LesediLight
LutaloWarrior
MaalikExperienced
MahariForgiver
MameloPatience
ManuSecond born
MhinaJoyful
MinkahJustice
NaasirDefender
NassorVictorious
NegasiRoyalty
NegusEmperor
NuruSwahili for ‘born at night’
ObiHeart
OchiLaughter
OhinChief
OmarrLong living (In Swahili)
OmoredePrince
OtienoBorn at night
PauloPlace of rest
PhomelloSucceed
QuaashieBorn on Sunday
RaimiKind
RamsesBorn of the Sun
RashidiThinker or counselor (In Swahili)
RethKing
RohoSoul
RudoLove
RufaroJoy
RunakoHandsome
SaadGood luck
SaidHappy
SaleemPeaceful (In Swahili)
SekaniMerriment
SekayiLaughter
TahirPure
TajExalted
TajiCrown
TalibSeeker
TanishiaBorn on Monday
TauLion
UbaLord
UboraExcellence
UmarLongevity
UpendoLove
YairBold
YaroSon
ZahurFlower
ZolaQuietness
ZuberiStrong (In Swahili)

African Names with Meanings for Girls

NameMeaning
AbabuoA child that returns
AbagbeThis child was desired
AbebeBlossomed
AdahFirst daughter’ in Nigerian
AfyaHealth
AkiliSomeone who is bright and smart. (In Swahili)
AlikaMost beautiful. (Nigerian)
AminaTruthful (In Swahili)
AnanaSoft and gentle
AnandaOne who deserves love
BainaSparkling
BeyonceOne who is beyond others
(African-American origin)
BinaFreshness
BintaWith God
BisaOne who is greatly loved
Bunme / BunmiMy gift
ChikaGod is supreme
CyrahEnthroned
DaliaTanzanian name for ‘flower’
DalilaGentle in Swahili
DayoArrival of joy
DekaPleasing in Somali
DoreThe gift
EbunBeing a gift
EfiaBorn on Friday
EfuruDaughter of heaven
EsheEnergy in Swahili
EsiBorn on Sunday
EsosaGod’s blessing
FaizaVictorious
FanaLight
FaraaCheerful
FaridaUnique
FayolaLucky
FolaGlory and honor
GaynellAfrican-American name that means ‘shiny’
GhalyelaPrecious
GimbyaPrincess
HadiyaGift, in Swahili
HaibaCharm
HallaAn unexpected gift
HamidaGracious
HamnnaHappiness
HawaDesire
HazinaWealth
HijaDaughter
IfeLove
IloriSpecial treasure
ImanFaith
ImenaDream
IsokeGod’s precious gift
IveremBlessings
JahzaraBlessed princess
Jameelah / JameliaBeautiful
JameliaBeautiful (In Somali)
JohannaGrace of God
JoharJewel
KabibeLittle lady
JujiHeap of love
KabiraPowerful
KafiQuiet
KagisoPeace
KalifaChaste in Somali
KamariaLike the moon’ in Swahili
KeyahIn good health
KiaHill
KiangaSunshine
KitokoBeautiful
LaquetaThe quiet one
(African-American origin)
LatifaGentle
NameMeaning
LatanyaFairy Queen
(African-American origin)
LaylaLady of the night. Born at night
LewaBeautiful
LilaGood
LishaMysterious
LuluPearl (Tanzanian)
MadahaElegant
MahaBeautiful eyes
MaishaLife
MakenaHappy person
MandisaSouth African name for ‘sweet’
MariniCharming
MorowaQueen
MosaGraceful
NabilaNoble
NadiaThe caller
NaimaGraceful
NajaStrong
NalaSuccessful
NeemaBorn in prosperity
NeemaOne who is born in prosperity. (In Swahili)
NichelleA victorious girl
ObaRiver Goddess
ObiomaKind
OnaedoGold
OniBorn in a blessed place
OrmaFree
PalesaFlower
PhenyoVictory
PulikaObedience
QuandaCompanion
(African-American origin)
RafiaElegant
RaisaOf high moral and intellectual qualities
RamlaProphetess
RhaxmaSweet
RidhaaGoodwill
SabahSunrise
SabraPatience
SadeSweetly singing
SaidaHappy
SanuraA rare name that means kitten in Swahili
SaranJoy
SemiraFulfilled
ShantellSong (African-American origin)
ShashaPrecious water
TabitaGraceful
Tanesha /Taneshea /TanishaBorn on Monday
ThemaQueen
TishaStrong willed
TitilayoEverlasting joy
TumpeLet’s thank God
UmaSecond daughter (Nigerian)
UrbiPrincess
UzimaVitality
UzuriBeauty
WinnaFriend
WintaDesire
WubBeautiful
YakiniTruth
Zahra / ZaharaFlower
ZainabuBeautiful (In Swahili)
XolaStay in Peace
ZakiyaIntelligent (In Swahili)
ZalikaWell born (In Swahili)
ZawadiGift
ZenaEthiopian for ‘Fame’
ZolaProductive
ZinaSecret Spirit

The names used by people work like a window to their traditions and beliefs. While making this list, I came across a number of African names meanings that were related to elements of nature and warfare. Some even meant weapons used in wars and certain animals like the leopard and octopus. I believe those are traditional names that highlight the close association of these people with nature and way of living in earlier times in the African heartland, when they fought with other tribes or hunted big game. I have excluded such names from the list and have included those that I thought are relevant for the internet users who are looking for African names for their children. Hope this helps.

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