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African Names

African baby names (which include Muslim, Christian, Jewish and Arabic names) are beautiful, exotic, and full of meaning—think Barack (Swahili for "blessing")


Here are some African names that we went over when we were naming our baby boy. We had a hard time but were happy when we found the perfect African name. Boys and girls African names are below

  • Matata, troublemaker.
  • Nawvlee, big devil.
  • Lungile, good, right, straight.
  • Nkechi, of god; or, of the spirit.

  • Arjana, paradise.
  • Tafari, first-born.
  • Otieno, born in the evening (or night).
  • Abimbola, born to be rich.
  • Lusala, feather.
  • Mosi, first born.
  • Bolade, honor arrives.
  • Blessing, blessing.
  • Adanna, father's daughter.
  • Kamadía, moon.
  • Jay jay nough, sight to be seen devil.
  • Tapiwa, plunderer, ravager (?).
  • Mirembe, peace.
  • Gebhuza, butcher; or, slasher.
  • Blyds, lightning.
  • Bolanile, the honor of this house.
  • Nia, intention, life purpose, mind.

  • Adjoa, monday-born.
  • Odhiambo, born in the evening.
  • Onyekachukwu, who is greater than the great god?
  • Adwoa, monday-born.
  • Tatenda, we give thanks.
  • Sheena, jehovah's gift (or grace).
  • Nomusa, merciful.
  • Akello, born after twins (?).
  • Fumnanya, she who inspires love.
  • Alpha, (ox); the first letter of the greek alphabet.
  • Chinaza, god answers (my prayer).
  • Qinisela, obstinate, persistent.
  • Adegoke, crown-ascending.
  • Ekene, salute.
  • Nsonowa, seventh born child.
  • Farai, rejoice.
  • Oluchi, work of god.
  • Samanya, common, ordinay.
  • Amaka, noble; or, she well knows.
  • Ayotunde, joy has returned.
  • Noah, rest.

  • Adhiambo, born in the evening.
  • Kirabo, offering; or, someone else.
  • Enu, second-born child.
  • Tamika, a twin.
  • Oluwatoyin, the christ deserves praise.
  • Butannaziba, who walks before the night.
  • Punnu, a prince royal of ethiopia.
  • Arapmoi, son of moi (the clan).
  • Azubuike, he has much strength.
  • Themba, great in size; very stout.
  • Bolah, cow's tail.
  • Hlengiwe, savior.
  • Godlumthakathi, holds back the wizard.
  • Abidemi, i am father reborn (?).
  • Afuá, born on friday.
  • Ayokunle, joy fills our home.
  • Unathi, the lord is with us.
  • Apunda, one who is beside herself.
  • Dosu, born after twins.
  • Lungile, good, right, straight.
  • Kwame, born on saturday.
  • Chibuzo, god leads.
  • Sibonakaliso, an indication, a sign.
  • Olukayode, god brings joy to me.
  • Mwenye, a lord, a possessor.
  • Suzanna, a graceful white lily.
  • Ebele, mourning.

  • Makeda, queen of sheba.
  • Melisizwe, leader of the nation.
  • Barasa, rum.
  • Apunda, one who is beside himself.
  • Babirye, (two people) first-born of twin girls.
  • Bapoto, disturbance, noise.
  • Bongani, thankful.
  • Ife, love.
  • Obi, heart.
  • Akwasi, born on sunday.
  • Samanya, common, ordinary.
  • Awotwi, born eighth.
  • Onyekachukwu, who is greater than the great god?
  • Uzoma, good manners.
  • Alaba, one person; an individual.
  • Dayo, joy arrives.
  • Tafadzwa, we are pleased.
  • Tichaona, we shall see.
  • Adisa, i am grave, or, i speak gravely.
  • Anan, fourth born child.
  • Tafari, first-born daughter.
  • Kirabo, offering; or, someone else.
  • Ekua, born on wednesday.
  • Ayo, joy; valued; or, born on the road.
  • Oluwatoyin, the christ deserves praise.
  • Dambudzo, adversity.
  • Eshe, immortal.
  • Chika, god is the greatest.
  • Jayde, jade.
  • Adongo, second-born of twins.
  • Dikeledi, tears.
  • Abebi, one who wards off.
  • Ayodele, joy of the house.
  • Abrafo, executioner.
  • Amara, agreeable, pleasing.
  • Ayo, joy; or, valued.
  • Kgosi, chief.
  • Isoke, hairy.

  • Katlego, she with the boiling stare.
  • Olatunde, salvation has returned.
  • Fumbe, slave.
  • Tau, lion.
  • Candace, the mistress of chendi.
  • Isingoma, witch doctor; necromancer.
  • Saalinge, nothing but a peep.
  • Totit, a female monkey.
  • Akinyi, born in the morning (?).
  • Oluwaseun, god, we give thanks.
  • Osumare, rainbow.
  • Chinwe, god owns me.
  • Dambudzo, adversity.
  • Tafadzwa, we are pleased.
  • Ramla, predictor of the future.
  • Yejide, image of her mother.
  • Atieno, born in the evening (or night).
  • Bhekizitha, watches for the enemy.
  • Taonga, we are grateful.
  • Dede, a jigger; or, a grasshopper.
  • Jumaane, born on a tuesday.
  • Samuel, heard of god.
  • Akwasibah, born on sunday.
  • Gwandoya, met with burden.
  • Akua, born on wednesday.
  • Kwaku, born on wednesday.
  • Boipelo, self-glorifying.
  • Nkiruka, one who is small.
  • Nkruma, ninth born child.
  • Emmanuel, god with us.
  • Sam, heard of god.
  • Awiti, the child that has been thrown away.
  • Katlego, he with the boiling stare.
  • Hadiya, gift, sacrifice.
  • Dada, nature.
  • Unathi, the lord is with us.
  • Shanika, young nika; or, young one from the wilderness.
  • Bahati, good fortune, luck.
  • Simba, lion.
  • Chima, god knows.
  • Ekwueme, a promise kept.
  • Sithembile, we have much hope.
  • Joycelin, just, right.

  • Zola, to love.
  • Tamika, a twin.
  • Amara, urgent business.
  • Femi, god loves me.
  • Cudjo, monday-born.
  • Nkosazana, princess.
  • Innocent, harmless.
  • Bamidele, bring me home.
  • Kaffir, a black southern person.
  • Ekundayo, my sorrow has turned to joy.
  • Fumbe, cook; or, some wild grey animal.
  • Ayodele, joy of the house.
  • Anan, fourth born child.
  • Bamidele, bring me home.
  • Awotwi, born eighth.
  • Kweku, born on wednesday.
  • Chimola, breaker of things.
  • Kwesi, born on sunday.
  • Thandiwe, i give love.
  • Akosua, born on sunday (afternoon or evening).
  • Nsia, sixth born child.
  • Masika, born during a monsoon.
  • Rumbidzai, praise.
  • Lesedi, light.
  • Abioye, born during coronation.
  • Nkemdilim, belongs to me.
  • Opeyemi, i praise and give thanks.
  • Olufemi, god loves me.
  • Refiloe, we are given.
  • Candis, the mistress of chendi.
  • Sango, (fire) the yoruba god of thunder & lightning.
  • Owiti, the child that has been thrown away.
  • Mchumba, sweetheart.
  • Kalisha, sorceress.
  • Tapiwa, plunderer, ravager (?).

  • Belakane, concubine (?).
  • Masika, born during a monsoon.
  • Gugu, a precious person.
  • Femi, god loves me.
  • Enyinnaya, father's friend.
  • Chidubem, may god lead me.
  • Kato, second-born twin.
  • Comfort, comfort.
  • Nubia, gold.
  • Olujimi, i am given by god.
  • Uzoma, good manners.
  • Chidi, god lives.
  • Chinwendu, god owns life.
  • Aspurta, a king of ethiopia.
  • Nthanda, star.
  • Chilongola, (a guide) first-born son.
  • Imamu, spiritual guide; from a mosque.
  • Gacheru, spy.
  • Zuri, beautiful.
  • Sylvia, living in a wood.
  • Bohlale, wisdom.

  • Isooba, walks slowly, stealthily.
  • Gero, builder; or fierce.
  • Kunto, morose, ill-humored.
  • Fiskal, butcher-bird.
  • Chiamaka, god is noble; or, the spirit knows.
  • Ngozi, accident; skin; snore (?).
  • Boitumelo, joy.
  • Chizoba, may god save.
  • Marjáni, red coral.
  • Chika, god is the greatest.
  • Boitumelo, joy.
  • Dubaku, eleventh born child.
  • Isoba, walks slowly, stealthily.
  • Kwabena, born on tuesday.
  • Nubia, gold.
  • Ayoo, born on the road.
  • Dumisani, honorable; or, thunderous.
  • Kwadwo, born on monday.
  • Apio, the one who comes quickly (the first-born of twins).
  • Shanika, young nika; or, young one from the wilderness.

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