Doesn’t Amazigh sound like amazing? And indeed, the people are amazing too. Ethnic group indigenous to North Africa, the Imazighen (plural of Amazigh) are also called Berbers. They are spread across Europe and parts of North Africa. The Berbers were ruled by various empires and thus influenced by different cultures. It is for this reason that Berbers have different cultures and traditions and the one thing that binds them together is their language.
The Amazigh names have been influenced largely by Muslim names as the group came under the Muslim conquests in the seventh century. This helped them pick a variety of indigenous languages. Around the 1870s, the Berbers were colonized by the French, and thus the French culture seeped in too.
The Berber names have been vastly diluted over the years, but a few names are still unique and traditional describing their original tribes and culture that they have come from. MomJunction brings you a list of Berber or Amazigh names which would give you quiet a few naming options. Take a look!
Berber Or Amazigh Boy Names:
Aderfi means ‘the released’, and gives a sense of freedom and independence. And who wouldn’t want their child to be free and independent?
This name symbolizes strength and speed together as it means ‘cheetah’ in the Chaoui dialect.
Coming from the Tuareg dialect, this unique sounding name means ‘protector’, a quality that people naturally like in a boy.
For people who love a name that starts with “ba”, this name means ‘pride’ in Tuareg. We think it is very adorable to have a name that shows how proud you are of your little lad!
The meaning of this name is unknown but several kings had this name, the most famous one being ‘Hammadit’.
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Borrowed from Arabic names, this name is an adapted version of Ibrahim, which has been altered by the Muslims in the region. It means ‘father of multitudes’.
This is a pretty common name and stands for ‘summit’s son’. The origins of this name are unknown.
Idder means ‘alive’ in the Berber language. It can also be spelled as Idir.
In Tuareg, the name Iken stands for ‘well-ordered or orderly’. This ‘well-organized’ name might just inculcate tidy habits in your little tot.
Mighty and strong, this name stands for ‘eagle’ in one of the Berber languages. Giving this name to your kid would mean that he is going to be as sharp, intelligent, and majestic as an eagle.
One of the longer names on our list, this name means ‘powerful’ and seems powerful to pronounce as well.
Want a child who is noble and magnificent? Then this is the name you should choose as it means just that. A small and simple name, Izîl stands for ‘sublime and magnificent’.
Meddur stands for ‘live or alive’ and celebrates the spirit of being alive.
This name means to ‘gather around a special person’. It may relate to someone important or someone who is high in position, like a village leader. This name has a unique ring to it.
A name with Arabic origin, its meaning is constantly debated. One of the meanings is considered ‘pure’ and the other is ‘wool’. Either way, this name gives a very spiritual feel.
Thanks to the influence of the Muslim culture, the Berbers have several Arabic names. Ridha is one such name and means ‘contentment’. This name would also teach your son the virtue of being happy with whatever there is. You could also use its alternative Reza.
This tiny Berber name means ‘mouflon’, which is an animal that resembles a sheep.
Usaden is a Berber name, which has been taken after the name of a place. Though the origins or locations of the place are unknown, this name sounds pretty masculine.
Example of another dialect in the Berber tribe, this name comes from Mozabit dialect. It means ‘one who will proliferate’ and reflects the abundance of life.
A long name, Warmaksan has quite a meaning. Taken from the wars of Amazigh, this name means ‘without enemy or undefeatable’. Isn’t the name interesting?
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A name from the Tuareg dialect, this name stands for one who cannot be conquered. Choosing a name like this for your child would make him fearless and strong.
This name is commonly used in Moroccan Amazigh and stands for ‘he will be alive’. Though this name symbolizes immortality, it indicates a sense of unbroken spirit or uncaptured soul.
Though this name literally translates to ‘he will be white’, it means ‘good health’. This name was used extensively to indicate healthy individuals.
Finally, we have a name which is used in multiple Amazigh dialects. And why not, as it has a beautiful meaning – ‘moonshine’! Though the name has a feminine ring to it, it is used for males.
With our baby boy names list coming to an end, wouldn’t you be delighted to have one more name? Well then, we give you Zdan which means just that ‘delighted’.
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Berber Or Amazigh Girl Names:
The most subtle of spices, Basil is a very cute and charming name. Though it sounds different from the regular Berber names, it is more commonly used.
Dassin does not have a meaning. But it does stand for a famous Tuareg poet. This name sounds a bit like assassin and may be off with you. But it is quite a unique name to have.
This sweet sounding Berber name stands for ‘my daughter’. What else could be perfect than this to denote the love for your little princess?
This name has a distant ring to it. It is an original Berber name and stands for ‘soothsayer’ in Arabic.
In a world where we are just beginning to understand that respecting women is important, this name comes as a relief. It stands for ‘lady’ and is used in respect. Wouldn’t you want your little princess to be respected? Then give her this name.
Life is sometimes like a fairytale. And this name defines exactly that. Lunja stands for a fairytale princess.
This is a name typical to Chaouis, the Berber population residing in Algeria. While its meaning is unknown, Markunda Aurès, a famous Algerian singer, is its namesake.
This soft sounding name comes with a spelling variation of Safia. It was the 293rd top name in France in 2010 and means ‘pure’.
The name Sakina is taken from the Arabic word sukoon, which means ‘calm and tranquility’. Giving this name to your daughter is apt because your daughter is definitely going to bring you the much needed calm and peace in life.
Sekkura is a name in Kabyle dialect. The Kabyle people reside in the north of Algeria. This name stands for ‘partridge’, which is a game bird.
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Siman stands for ‘two souls’, referring to the very life forms who brought us into the world – our parents.
Happiness comes from many things, especially when you feel liberated. This sweet name means ‘liberation’ and giving this name to your daughter could give her this quality.
A tree is a life, and the branches on it are its support system. Branches are important because they ensure that the tree continues to live. Name your daughter Tadla, which means ‘branches’.
A name that keeps with nature, Tafrara means ‘dawn’. It brings about the hope of a new beginning and new opportunities.
Yet another nature name, Tafsut highlights one of the most beautiful seasons – the ‘spring’. Spring is all about blossoms and new life. There is no other apt name for your daughter than this.
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This name is quite long, and you could use nicknames such as Tag. It stands for ‘pious or holy’, a lovely name to bestow on a baby girl.
Want your daughter to be brave and fearless? Then this is the name you should pick. It means ‘brave’.
While ‘Thea’ is a common English name, this name with similar pronunciation means ‘nice’. Just like your daughter is!
Your daughter is very delicate, beautiful, and loved by all, just like a flower is. Tajeddigt means ‘a flower’.
This is an easy-to-pronounce name and means ‘warmth’. It was used by one of the Queens of Tuareg and is a common name in the Tuareg dialect.
Another name from the Kabyle group, this name means ‘belonging to peace’. This name, though long, conveys calmness for the parents.
Belonging to the people of Kabyle, this name means ‘one who is well-built’. It is not a difficult idea to fathom as women can also be physically strong. Give this name to your baby girl if you want her to be strong.
There is a possibility that this name is given to the first born girl child in the family as the name itself means ‘first born’. But there is no clarity on this. This name is long but easy to pronounce.
Who doesn’t wish for happiness and joy? And a daughter is a proud moment of joy! Name your daughter Tananamart as it means ‘happy’.
Zeğiga comes from the Kabyle dialect and means ‘flower’. Besides Tajeddigt, this is another flower name to bestow on your daughter.
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Berber are a mix of many cultures and their names reflect this diversity. While a few of the names may be difficult to pronounce, they are definitely unique. This would mean that you may not find many kids with the same name in your kids’ class.
Do you know any more Amazigh or Berber baby names? Then let us know in the comments section below.
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