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African Names

from all over the continent

How the list is set up

Name (for man or woman), meaning. Original culture or country, current country.

A

  • Abayomi (f), pleasant meeting. Yoruba, Nigeria

  • Adeben (m), the twelfth born. Akan, Ghana

B

  • Bupe (f), hospitality. Nyakyusa, Tanzania

  • Becktemba (m), can be trusted. Ndebele, Zimbabwe

C

  • Chipo (f), gift. Shona, Zimbabwe

  • Chihambuane (m), sweet potatoes. Bachopi, South-Africa

D

  • Do (f), first child after twins. Ewe, Ghana

  • Danjuma (m), born on Friday. Hausa, Nigeria

E

  • Enomwoi (f), she who is charming. Benin, Nigeria

  • Ekundayo (m), sadness becomes joy. Yoruba, Nigeria

F

  • Fujo (f), born after parents divorced. Swahili, East Africa

  • Funsani (m), request. Ngoni, Malawi

G

  • Goitsemedime (f), the lord knows. Tswana, Botswana

  • Gahiji (m), the hunter. Rwanda, Rwanda

H

  • Hembadoon (f), victor. Twi, Nigeria

  • Husani (m), nice. Swahili, East-Africa

I

  • Ifama (f), everything is fine. Ibo, Nigeria

  • Imarogbe (m), child born within a good family. Benin, Nigeria

J

  • Jamila (f), nice. Swahili, East-Africa

  • Jojo (m), born on Monday. Fante, Ghana

K

  • Kakra (f), the youngest of twins. Fanta, Ghana

  • Kamau (m), silent warrior. Kikuyu, Kenya

L

  • Liziuzayani (f), vertel iemand. Yao, Malawi

  • Leabua (m), you speak. Sotho, South-Africa

M

  • Masani (f), has a whole between teeth. Luganda, Uganda

  • Mpenda (m), beloved. Mwera, Kenya

N

  • Nafula (f), born during the rainy season. Abaluhya, Uganda

  • Nkuku (m), rooster. Yao, Malawi

O

  • Omalara (f), born at the right moment. Benin, Nigeria

  • Osei (m), noble. Fante, Ghana

P

  • Panya (f), a little baby. Swahili, East-Africa

  • Paki (m), witness. Xhosa, South-Africa

Q

  • no example, n/a

  • Quaashie (m), born on Sunday. Ewe, Ghana

R

  • Rufaro (f), happiness. Shona, Zimbabwe

  • Rashidi (m), of good council. Swahili, East-Afrika

S

  • Siboniso (f), sign. Zulu, South-Africa

  • Sowande (m), the wise healer examined me. Yoruba, Nigeria

T

  • Teleza (f), sloppy. Ngoni, Malawi

  • Tor (m), king. Twi, Nigeria

U

  • Urbi (f), prinses. Benin, Nigeria

  • Unika (m), illuminated. Lomwe, Malawi

V

  • no example, n/a

  • Vuai (m), rescuer. Swahili, East-Africa

W

  • Wesesa (f), indifferent. Musoga, Uganda

  • Watende (m), there will be no revenge. Nyakyusa, Tanzania

X

  • no example, n/a

  • no example, n/a

Y

  • Ye (f), the eldest of twins. Ewe, Ghana

  • Yafeu (m), bold. Fante, Ghana

Z

  • Zuwena (v), good. Swahili, East-Africa

  • Zikomo (m), thank you. Ngoni, Malawi

This list will be updated regularly.

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