878 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
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
AkuchiIbgo African: Wealth from GodBoy
AkujiAfrican - Dead And AwakeBoy
AlakeAfrican - One To Be HonoredBoy
AlunaKenyan term, literally meaning come here.Girl
AluochOne who was born during an overcast morning.Girl
AmaAfrican - Child born On Saturday; Old Norse - EagleGirl
AmandlaAfrican - A powerful Woman; Brave and Strong WomanGirl
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
AmneAfrican - Swahili - Safe; SecureGirl
AmondiAfrican - Born at DawnGirl
AmurtaBeautiful; ambrosia, a veritable drink which gives immortalityGirl
AnaneAfrican - Fourth Son;Boy
AndweleAfrican - God Brought MeBoy
AngwengOne who was born during the time of white ants.Girl
AnyangoOne who was born during mid day.Girl
ApiyoFirst of the twins.Girl
ArogoOne who nagged a lot during pregnancy.Girl
AsabiAfrican - Yoruban - One of Select BirthGirl
AsanteThank You; one who cam experience good thingsBoy
AshakiOne who is beautifulGirl
AshantiName of an African TribeGirl
AsisBlessing; African - Of the sun; A variant spelling is AsissGirl
AthiamboAfrican - Born in Late EveningGirl
AtienoOne who was born at night.Girl
AtoGhanaian - Who Born on SaturdayBoy
AtuGhanian name for a Boy born on SaturdayBoy
AuniAfrican Swahili - Help; AssistBoy
AvongaraAfrican - To TieGirl
AwinoOne who was born with the cord around.Girl
AwoGirl who is born on ThursdayGirl
AyahA sparkling and twinkling human beingGirl
AyanaA pretty and scented flowerGirl
AyandaOne who is always increasingBoy
AyannaA unique flower which is forever bloomingGirl
AyiraAfrican - Chosen; Worthy of Respect; Exalted; Revered; A variant form of AugustusGirl
AyokaAfrican Yoruban - One who Causes Joy all round; A variant of AyoGirl
AyzizeAfrican - Let it ComeBoy
AzizaOne who is very preciousGirl
BabettaForeign woman.Girl
BainaOne who is glittering with radianceGirl
BakariA promising and lovely human beingBoy
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