716 African Baby Girl Names With Meanings

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African baby girl names are often traditional and have unique stories behind them. Factors like the time a baby is born or the circumstances or the surroundings during the birth often influence choosing a name for the baby. These events and surroundings can be positive or negative. Some of the names are a complete picture of the conditions. For example, "Yetunde Nwaokeke” is the name of a baby girl whose grandmother died just before her birth. "Yetunde" means mother has come back. Before the parents decide the names of their children, circumstances also play a part. It happens among some Ghanaian ethnic groups where a name is automatically assigned based on the day a child is born. For example, a baby girl who was born on Friday was named "Ghanaian Efua" which means a Friday-born. Several local names also have strong religious faith in keeping their baby's name. Among the Igbo and Yoruba ethnic groups in Nigeria, baby names mostly start or end with "Chi" "Chukwu" or "Oluwa" which has some reference to God (1). Some groups in eastern or southern Africa choose certain names depending on the time of the day or season a baby is born. In Yoruba tradition, it is very common for each parent or grandparent of a baby to contribute in at least one name of the baby (2). As a result, a baby ends up with several names, each telling its own unique story. With Western influence, newer names have found their way into African families. In this post, we have curated a list of famous African baby names that you can choose using our baby names tool.

NameGenderMeaning
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Amahle
Baby Girl Sign Girl The beautiful one; The prettiest; The finest
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Amogelang
Baby Girl Sign Girl Accept; Receive
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Enzokuhle
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Expected to do great things; Do good
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Lesedi
Baby Girl Sign Girl A ray of light
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Lethabo
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Happiness; Rejoice
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Luthando
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Love and adoration
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Melokuhle
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex One who represents good things; Righteous
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Omphile
Baby Girl Sign Girl Gift from God or God gave
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Rethabile
Baby Girl Sign Girl We are happy, Happy
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Thandolwethu
Baby Girl Sign Girl Our love
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Aba
Baby Girl Sign Girl African Akan - Girl born on Tuesday
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Abana
Baby Girl Sign Girl This Biblical name means strong personality made with a stone
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Abeba
Baby Girl Sign Girl Flower; Abeada and Abyda are variant transcriptions of the name
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Abena
Baby Girl Sign Girl African Akan - Girl born on Tuesday
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Abeni
Baby Girl Sign Girl We asked for her, now she is ours; Someone who is prayed for; A variant of name Abena
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Abiba
Baby Girl Sign Girl The first child born after death of grandmother; Abeaba and Abeabah are the variant spellings of Abiba
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Abiona
Baby Girl Sign Girl One who is born during a journey
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Abla
Baby Girl Sign Girl Girl born on Tuesday; Has an Arabic meaning as voluptuous
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Abraha
Baby Girl Sign Girl A girl who is born on Tuesday
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Absco
Baby Girl Sign Girl One with an inventive mind
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Abuya
Baby Girl Sign Girl One who was born when the garden was overgrown
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Achebe
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex One who is protected by the Goddess
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Achieng
Baby Girl Sign Girl One born during the day time
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Adabelle
Baby Girl Sign Girl Adornment; Noble; Oldest daughter
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Adaeh
Baby Girl Sign Girl Crowned; Chosen; Pinnacle of a peak
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Adamma
Baby Girl Sign Girl Child of Beauty; Beautiful Girl
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Adana
Baby Girl Sign Girl Being the father's daughter; A variant of name Adanna
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Adanna
Baby Girl Sign Girl Eldest daughter of father
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Adanne
Baby Girl Sign Girl Being the mother's daughter; A child who resembles her mother; A variant of name Adane
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Addiah
Baby Girl Sign Girl Ornament of God; Gift from God
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Adebola
Baby Girl Sign Girl Honor is brought to her; She met honor
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Adenike
Baby Girl Sign Girl The Crown is Loving; Affectionate; Crown has care; Wealth has Care; Crown is cherished
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Adeola
Baby Girl Sign Girl Crown of wealth
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Adhiambo
Baby Girl Sign Girl A daughter who is born after sunset
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Adhra
Baby Girl Sign Girl Apology; Virgin
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Adila
Baby Girl Sign Girl Equal; Just; Upright; Honest
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Adilah
Baby Girl Sign Girl Equal
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Adita
Baby Girl Sign Girl One who belongs to the Sun
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Adjoa
Baby Girl Sign Girl Born on Monday; A daughter who is born on Monday
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Adongo
Baby Girl Sign Girl The second of twins
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Adwin
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex An artist or creative person
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Adwoa
Baby Girl Sign Girl One born on a Monday
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Affrica
Baby Girl Sign Girl From Africa
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Afi
Baby Girl Sign Girl A child who is born on Friday; A daughter who is born on Friday
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Afia
Baby Girl Sign Girl A child who is born on Friday; A daughter who is born on Friday
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Afiya
Baby Girl Sign Girl Health
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Afra
Baby Girl Sign Girl Whitish red
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Afua
Baby Girl Sign Girl A child who is born on Friday; A daughter who is born on Friday
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Ahanti
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex War-like
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Ahnika
Baby Girl Sign Girl Ruler of the house, Beautiful ornament
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Aibileen
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Helper, nurturing, caring
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Aissata
Baby Girl Sign Girl One who is noble
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Aiysha
Baby Girl Sign Girl Powerful; Complete
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Akani
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex To build; Construct
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Akello
Baby Girl Sign Girl Baby girl born after twins
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Akeyo
Baby Girl Sign Girl One who was born during the harvest
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Akia
Baby Girl Sign Girl Clear sky; Bright sky
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Akinyi
Baby Girl Sign Girl Born in the morning; Born during forenoon in the African language
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Akosua
Baby Girl Sign Girl Girl child born on Sunday
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Akua
Baby Girl Sign Girl A child who is born on Thursday
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Akuba
Baby Girl Sign Girl One who is born on Wednesday
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Alakay
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex One who brings joy
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Aluna
Baby Girl Sign Girl Come here
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Aluoch
Baby Girl Sign Girl One who was born on an overcast morning
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Ama
Baby Girl Sign Girl Child born on Saturday
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Amandla
Baby Girl Sign Girl A powerful Woman; Brave and strong woman
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Amarachukwu
Baby Girl Sign Girl God's grace; Mercy of God
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Amare
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex A person sent by God to love
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Amari
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Promised by God; Strength; Courage; Immortal
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Amarii
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Strength; Builder
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Amarina
Baby Girl Sign Girl Rain
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Aminata
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Trustworthy; Faithful
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Amne
Baby Girl Sign Girl Safe; Secure
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Amondi
Baby Girl Sign Girl Born at dawn
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Amurta
Baby Girl Sign Girl Beautiful; Ambrosia; A veritable drink that gives immortality
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Anana
Baby Girl Sign Girl The fourth child who is blessed with soft and gentle personality
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Anansa
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Affection; Love
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Angweng
Baby Girl Sign Girl One who was born during the time of white ants
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Anika
Baby Girl Sign Girl Graceful; Fearless; Goddess Durga; Soldier
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Anyango
Baby Girl Sign Girl Midday-born; Born at noon
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Aoko
Baby Girl Sign Girl An evergreen blue tree
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Aparaa
Baby Girl Sign Girl Unique; Materialistic; Matchless
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Aphra
Baby Girl Sign Girl Dust
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Apiyo
Baby Girl Sign Girl First of the twins
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Armani
Baby Girl Sign Girl Warrior; Army man
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Arogo
Baby Girl Sign Girl One who nagged a lot during pregnancy
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Asabi
Baby Girl Sign Girl One of select birth
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Asha
Baby Girl Sign Girl Hope; Alive; Desire
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Ashaki
Baby Girl Sign Girl One who is beautiful
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Ashante
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Warlike
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Ashanti
Baby Girl Sign Girl War; Restlessness
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Asis
Baby Girl Sign Girl Blessing; Of the sun; A variant of Asiss
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Assata
Baby Girl Sign Girl Strong, courageous, revolutionary
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Athiambo
Baby Girl Sign Girl Born in the late evening
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Atieno
Baby Girl Sign Girl One who was born at night
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Audi
Baby Girl Sign Girl The last daughter
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Avongara
Baby Girl Sign Girl To tie
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Awino
Baby Girl Sign Girl One who was born with the cord around
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Awo
Baby Girl Sign Girl A girl who is born on Thursday
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Ayah
Baby Girl Sign Girl Sign; Evidence
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African baby girl names have evolved over time while keeping their traditional essence. However, traditional names are still favored because of their cultural and religious significance. These names may be given in honor of ancestors or to praise the Lord. Many names are associated with nature and the personal traits of a person. These names are versatile and will carry forward your ancestral legacy and African heritage. Also, make sure the name you are choosing also rhymes well with your child’s last name.

Infographic: Auspicious African Baby Girl Names With Meanings

Africa is a great continent and has a variety of tribes and cultures with traditions and conventions attached to each of them. It may be challenging to encompass the entire range of names used throughout the continent. However, we brought you some of the most popular ones. If you are interested in African baby girl names with religious or gentle meanings, check out the infographic below.

appealing african baby girl names for your princess (infographic)

Illustration: Momjunction Design Team

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are some African baby girl names inspired by nature or animals?

Wambui is an African name that means 'zebra' in Kikuyu. Zahrah, on the other hand, means 'blooming flower' in Arabic. Ayanna is an elegant name meaning 'flower' in Amharic.

2. What are the specific traditions or cultures that influence African baby girl names?

Africa is home to several cultures, each with unique naming traditions and cultures. For instance, the Akan people from Ghana name their children based on their birth order. Conversely, the Shona people of Zimbabwe choose nature-inspired names for their babies, whereas the Tswana people from Botswana choose names based on the circumstances surrounding the child’s birth. Like these, several specific naming traditions and customs can vary across diverse African cultures.

3. What African names mean ‘star’?

Anangikwe, derived from the terms anang 'star' and ikwe' woman,' means star woman in Ojibwe. Nthanda is another name commonly used in Southern Africa and means 'star' in Tumbulka. Some other titles that are commonly used in Africa and are associated with stars are Danica and Aster.

4. What is the African name for ‘queen’?

Thema is a beautiful name that means 'queen' in Akan. Some other African titles associated with queens are Makeda, an Amharic name related to the Queen of Sheba, who is believed to have ruled over some parts of Ethiopia and Yemen. Nzinga is a Bantu name derived from Njinga. It was the name of the queen of the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms in the 17th century.

References

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  1. Geraldine Ifesinachi Nnamdi-Eruchalu; A Sociolinguistic Study of the Emerging Trends in Igbo Personal Names;
    https://journals.scholarpublishing.org/index.php/ASSRJ/article/download/4408/2723/11625
  2. African Names: A Guide for Editors.
    https://www.csescienceeditor.org/article/african-names-guide-editors/
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