876 African Baby Names With Meanings

Africa, a massive continent with a plethora of diverse tribes and ethnic groups, provides a wealth of baby name inspiration. Derived from local and foreign languages such as English, French, Arabic, and Portuguese, African names are exotic and beautiful, not just in meaning and appearance, but also in origin.

African children are traditionally named after places, spirits, ancestors, or events occurring during the time of their birth. The Africans believe that a name can influence both the life of the child and the family. A simple name will lead to a disappointing future, and an over-ambitious name could cause serious repercussions. In some African countries, parents name their children after famous political figures, hoping that their kids would be as successful as their namesakes. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Barack is one of the most popular names in Africa.

Below is our collection of African names derived from the native and foreign languages.

NAMESMEANINGGENDERFAVOURITES
AmahleThe beautiful ones, The prettiest, The finestGirl
AmogelangAccept, ReceiveGirl
BandileThey have multiplied and prosperedBoy
BokamosoFutureBoy
EnzokuhleExpected to do great things, Do goodUnisex
FirashPerceptiveness, IngenuityBoy
JuniorThe Young, Child; Derived from the word iunior meaning youngerBoy
LesediA ray of light, a beam of lightGirl
LethaboHappiness, RejoiceUnisex
LubanziWide and deep or broadBoy
LuthandoAfrican name meaning Love and AdorationUnisex
MelokuhleStand for what is right, One who represents good thingsUnisex
MphoGiftBoy
OmphileGift from God, God gaveGirl
RethabileWe are happy, HappyGirl
SiyabongaWe are thankful or gratefulBoy
ThandolwethuOur loveGirl
AasirOne with a captivating and fascinating personality.Boy
AbaAfrican Akan - Girl born on Thursday; Abah, Abba and Abbah are variant spellings of the name AbaGirl
AbanaThis Biblical name means strong personality made with a stoneGirl
AbboA Condiment (Mudama Origin)Boy
Abdalahthe Servant of godBoy
Abdalalathe Slave of the HighBoy
Abdalalimthe Servant of the All-knowingBoy
AbdallaServant Of God; Servant of AllahBoy
AbdiOriginated from Hebrew origin and means servant of god or a slaveBoy
AbdouGreat ability to focus on each work; variant of name AbdoBoy
AbduWorshipper of GodBoy
Abdul muizThe name is originated as African name that means servant of giver of glory and almighty.Boy
AbdulkareemGenerous; One who Serves a Generous Man; Servant of AllahBoy
AbdulkhaaliqServant of the CreatorBoy
AbdullateefOne who Serves a Kind Man; Servant of the SubtleBoy
AbdulmateenServant of the Firm; StrongBoy
AbdulraheemServant of the Most CompassionateBoy
AbdulrahmaanServant of the Mercifully GraciousBoy
AbdulraoufServant of the Most MercifulBoy
AbdulrazaaqServant of the Maintainer; ProviderBoy
AbdulsaboorServant of the PatientBoy
AbdultawaabServant of the ForgiverBoy
AbdulwaahidServant of the OneBoy
AbdulwahaabServant of the GiverBoy
AbebaAfrican Amharic - Flower; Abeada and Abyda are variant transcriptions of the nameGirl
AbediWorshipperBoy
AbeerVariant of Abir; FragranceBoy
AbenaAfrican Akan - Girl born on Tuesday; Abana, Abeena and Abeenah are variant spellings of the name AbenaGirl
AbeniAfrican Yoruban - We asked for her, now she is ours; Someone who is prayed for; A variant of name AbenaGirl
AbibaAfrican - The first child born after death of grandmother; Abeaba and Abeabah are the variant spellings of AbibaGirl
Abiola(African - Yoruban) Born in Honor; Born during the first daysBoy
AbionaOne who is born during a journeyGirl
AbioyeThe son of royalty; A Variant of AbiolaBoy
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