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
AtienoOne who was born at night.Girl
AtoGhanaian - Who Born on SaturdayBoy
AtuGhanian name for a Boy born on SaturdayBoy
AudiThe last daughterGirl
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
AyanArabic - Time, Era; Sanskrit - Halting, Name of Lord Ganesh; Urudu - God's Gift; Persian - InspirationBoy
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
AzanaCall to prayer; inspires everyoneGirl
AzizaOne who is very preciousGirl
BabettaForeign woman.Girl
BadriyaOne who is like the full MoonGirl
BainaOne who is glittering with radianceGirl
BakariA promising and lovely human beingBoy
BandeleBorn Away From HomeGirl
BanjiSecond Born of TwinsGirl
BarackBlessedBoy
BarakaBlessings, AbundanceBoy
BarasaKenyan term meaning meeting site.Boy
BarkeBlessings; occupational name for tanner of leatherBoy
BarongoThe younger of twin.Girl
BashForerunner, strike hard and violentlyBoy
BashiraJoyful; Predictor of Good NewsGirl
BastEgyptian - Fire, Heat; As per their myth a goddess of fertility and the sun who was considered a protector of Lower EgyptBoy
Bayoto find joyBoy
BeccaAfrican Bobangi - To forecast; Predict; Borrow; Bound; Derived from Rebecca; A variant of BeckyGirl
BeckaAfrican Bobangi - To forecast; Predict; Borrow; Bound; Derived from Rebecca; A variant of BeckyGirl
BeckyAfrican Bobangi - To forecast; Predict; Borrow; Bound; Derived from Rebecca;Girl
BehatiAfrikaans form of Beata, BlessingGirl
BeheshtaParadiseGirl
BekaOne who predictsGirl
BelayOne who is above everyone; SuperiorBoy
BelloHelperBoy
BemAfrican Tiv - Peace; A variant of the name BehmBoy
BerkoSon first bornBoy
BikitaAnteaterGirl
BikoHe who is a son of a GodBoy
BinahDancer; one who lives in the moment and is understandingGirl
BintaWith GodGirl
BisaGreatly LovedGirl
BisharaGood tidings.Girl
BitonBorn After Long WaitBoy
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