981 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
AiyshaPowerful and completeGirl
AjahniAfrican :One who fights for possession; Sanskrit: Noble Birth; A variant of name AjaniBoy
AjakaAn Oyo emperor who was twice on the throne His father was OranyanBoy
AjalaAfrican meaning: Believer of Allah. Sanskrit meaning: Eternal.Boy
AjaniAfrican : One who fights for possession; Sanskrit: Noble Birth; A variant of name AjahniBoy
AkachiIbgo African: The hand of GodBoy
AkelloBaby girl born after twins.Girl
AkeyoOne who was born during the harvest.Girl
AkhyarGood ExcellenceBoy
AkiaAfrican - First Born; Also a variant form of name Kia which means difficult and in Greek it means pureGirl
AkinyiAfrican - Born in the morning; Born during forenoonGirl
AkosuaAfrican - Twi - Girl Child Born on SundayGirl
AkuaAfrican - A child who is born on ThursdayGirl
AkubaOne who is born on WednesdayGirl
AkuchiIbgo African: Wealth from GodBoy
AkujiAfrican - Dead And AwakeBoy
AlakeAfrican - One To Be HonoredBoy
Alemne who knows everythingBoy
AlunaKenyan term, literally meaning come here.Girl
AluochOne who was born during an overcast morning.Girl
AmaAfrican - Child born On Saturday; Old Norse - EagleGirl
AmadiName of Prophet Muhammad; a happy free man who is destined to die at birthBoy
AmandlaAfrican - A powerful Woman; Brave and Strong WomanGirl
AmaraImmortal Being; one who is blessed without end or death; blessed with eternal life; Grace or BitterBoy
AmarachukwuAfrican Igbo - God's Grace; Mercy of God; God's Favor; Divine GraceGirl
AmareA person sent by God to love who is extremely handsomeUnisex
AmariAn strong and eternally lovely being who are family orientedUnisex
AmmaMother; God-likeBoy
AmneAfrican - Swahili - Safe; SecureGirl
AmondiAfrican - Born at DawnGirl
AmurtaBeautiful; ambrosia, a veritable drink which gives immortalityGirl
AnanaThe fourth child who is blessed with soft and gentle personalityGirl
AnaneAfrican - Fourth Son;Boy
AndweleAfrican - God Brought MeBoy
AngwengOne who was born during the time of white ants.Girl
AnikaGraceful young girlGirl
AnyangoOne who was born during mid day.Girl
AokoAn evergreen blue tree; one who is outsideGirl
AparaaThe one who is unique, materialistic and matchlessGirl
AphraIt means a house made of dustGirl
ApiyoFirst of the twins.Girl
ArmaniFaith; Persian - Desire; A variant form of name ArmanGirl
ArogoOne who nagged a lot during pregnancy.Girl
AsabiAfrican - Yoruban - One of Select BirthGirl
AsanteThank You; one who cam experience good thingsBoy
AshaHopeGirl
AshakiOne who is beautifulGirl
AshantiName of an African TribeGirl
AsisBlessing; African - Of the sun; A variant spelling is AsissGirl
AthiamboAfrican - Born in Late EveningGirl
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