221 Kenyan Baby Names With Meanings

Kenya, a diverse and multilingual country is renowned not just for its vast wildlife preserves and scenic landscapes, but also several ethnic groups, which speak their native languages within their communities. This explains the varied baby names of this country.

Kenyans are very particular about the name they bestow on their children. They believe that each name has a specific trait and anyone with the particular name is sure to bear it. Parents also give names that honor and preserve their Kenyan heritage. So even if the first names are western (which is rare), the second would be about the circumstances surrounding the child’s birth.

Not just first names, even second names or ethnic names are extremely important in Kenya, so much that you haven't introduced yourself until you disclose the second name. Also, Kenyans feel incomplete when they bear non-ethic names. But they may create variations of the typical name to make them appropriate for their ethnic tribes.

Traditional Kenyan communities also use matronym in their names, which is appended with ‘wa’. The use of matronym stems from the practice of polygamy among the men. Hence, using mother’s name is important, since the father needs to know which wife gave them which son or daughter.

If you’re looking for unique and beautiful Kenyan baby names, you’ve come to the right place. MomJunction has an excellent collection of Kenyan baby boy and girl names to make your child stand out. Take a look.

AasirOne with a captivating and fascinating personality.Boy
AbscoOne with an inventive mind.Girl
AbskoPower and strengthBoy
AbuyaOne who was born when the garden was overgrown.Girl
AchiengOne born during the day time.Girl
AdamuA variant of Adam, meaning father of mankind.Boy
AdongoThe second of twins.Girl
AkelloBaby girl born after twins.Girl
AkeyoOne who was born during the harvest.Girl
AlunaKenyan term, literally meaning come here.Girl
AluochOne who was born during an overcast morning.Girl
AmaraImmortal Being; one who is blessed without end or death; blessed with eternal life; Grace or BitterBoy
AmeliaThe one who is industrious, hard working and fertileGirl
AminifuA woman who is faithful.Girl
AngavuShining oneGirl
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
AsherBlessed, happy; fortunate and blessed individualBoy
AshuraFriend or the one who accompanies.Boy
AtienoOne who was born at night.Girl
AtticusA person from AtticaBoy
AuroraA Roman Goddess; wonderful dawn and breezyGirl
AvaA bird; a living organism of the ecosystemGirl
AwinoOne who was born with the cord around.Girl
BarasaKenyan term meaning meeting site.Boy
BarongoThe younger of twin.Girl
BisharaGood tidings.Girl
CharlotteFeminine form of Charles; freemanGirl
ChausikuOne who was born at night.Girl
ChegeA Kikuyu people of KenyaBoy
ChineyeGod livesGirl
ChitunduBird nestBoy
ChukiBorn in a time of strike and hatred.Girl
CoraBoiling water that has foams; can also mean maiden, a young womanGirl
DeclanOne who prays and full of goodnessBoy
DhakiyaShe who is smart.Girl
DuchaSmall or humble.Girl
DurraA variant of Durah, meaning pearl.Girl
EidiFestival or feast day.Girl
ElinahShining lightGirl
EsiankikiYoung maidenGirl
EucabethOne who is great.Girl
FadhiliAid, favor, compassion, and kindness.Boy
FanakaProsperity or successGirl
FarajaComfort, relief or rest.Girl
FarashuuKenyan word for butterflyGirl
FeyeThe beginningBoy
FiryaliUnusual or extraordinaryGirl
GacokiHe returns.Boy
GakereSmall muscle, muscular.Boy
GakeriA small muscle. A variant of Gakere.Girl
GakuruElderly one.Boy
GasiraOne who is brave.Girl
GateteKenyan form for milk gourd.Boy
GatheeElderly one.Boy
GathiiTraveler, wandererBoy
GathoniShe is an in law.Girl
GatimuA spearBoy
GenevieveTirbe womanGirl
GeteyeMy masterBoy
GichingaA firebrandBoy
GikuyuFounder of the Agikuyu nation.Boy
GithinjiA butcherBoy
GitongaWealthy one.Boy
HamisiOne who was born on a Thursday.Girl
HanuniHappy and cheerfulGirl
HawlaOne who is graceful like an antelope.Girl
HenryEstate rulerBoy
HiariFree willGirl
HusoSadness of the bride.Girl
IndusaDesire for a system.Girl
IngumbaOne who is easy going.Girl
IslaFrom Islay or Aileach, which means Rocky PlaceGirl
JackOne who thinks that the God is graciousBoy
JasperOne who brings treasureBoy
JimiyuBorn during summer.Boy
JumapiliOne who was born on Sunday.Girl
JumapiliKenyan term, literally meaning Sunday.Girl
KaweriaThe loving one.Girl
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