409 Nigerian Baby Names With Meanings

Nigerian baby names are as unique as the culture of this region, which is one of the many reasons behind the popularity of these names. Nigerian parents like to be descriptive when it comes to naming tradition, but the customs vary by ethnic group. Some families and tribes prefer anglicized names, while others don’t. But one thing is common. Almost all the families and tribes pick names that express their expectations from the child or the circumstances surrounding the birth of the baby. That’s because Nigerians believe that a name has a determining effect on the child’s life. Some tribes also give as many as five names to their children, but only one or two are used.

The child’s position in the family is also considered while naming. When twins are born, the first child to arrive is named Taiwo, which means ‘pre-tasted the world’ and the second one is called Kehinde, which means ‘the one who lagged behind”. Naming the child after the day on which he was born in also popular in Nigeria. So a child born on Sunday is called Sunday. Muslim families living in Nigeria frequently pick Islamic first names such as Kareem, Abdul, Ahmad, or Ibrahim.

Below you’ll find an extensive collection of Nigerian baby boy and girl names with meanings by MomJunction.

NAMESMEANINGGENDERFAVOURITES
AbigailFather in rejoicingGirl
BenjaminSon Of The Right HandBoy
BlessingConsecrationGirl
Emmanuela word used for the Messiah in the old testament which also means god is with us.Boy
EstherSweet; Star; Planet Venus; The Babylonian goddess of love; Fifth Century Queen of PersiaGirl
FavourTo feel or show preference for someoneGirl
GabrielGod is my strengthUnisex
IsaacHe will laugh, he will rejoiceBoy
Joyit means to rejoice. Such people have a fun side and yearn for their innermost desires. They are hardworking and can do almost anything to achieve their goals.Girl
KebeStrong man with no fearGirl
KingsleyKingsley name means King's WoodBoy
MaryHebrew - Wished for child; Sea of bitterness; To Swell; A variant form of Marilyn; As Mary;Girl
MichaelOne of the seven archangels of the GodBoy
PeterOne who is a rock and a stoneBoy
RedeemA woman who has redeemed herslefGirl
RoseA beautiful flowerGirl
SamThe child of the Sun, a bright oneBoy
SamuelIt was told by the GodBoy
StephanieShe who to whom the crown belongsGirl
VictorConquerorBoy
AbaezeBranch of the kingsBoy
AbayomrunkojeGod won't allow humiliation.Boy
AbebiWe asked for a girl child.Girl
AbegundeOne born during the holiday.Boy
AbeoThe bringer of happiness .Boy
AbidugunOne born before the war.Boy
AbiodunOne born at the time of festival.Boy
AchojahRise up to challengeBoy
AdaegoDaughter of wealthGirl
AdaezePrincess, daughter of the king.Girl
AdakuA girl born into wealthy family or the one who brings wealth to the family.Girl
AdankwoOne born on fourth day.Girl
AdaobiThe first daughter in the family compound.Girl
AdaolisaGod's daughter.Girl
AdaomaA good and virtuous lady.Girl
AdaoraDaughter of allGirl
AdaugoBeautiful daughter or daughter of an eagle.Girl
AdaureDaughter of Uruala, a town in Imo State.Girl
AdebamgbeA Nigerian term meaning royalty dwells within me.Boy
AdebiyiThe royal one.Boy
AdebowaleReturn of the crown; refers to a child born after many years of waitingBoy
AdedayoThe crown has turned to joy.Boy
AdefolakeYour wealth supports us.Girl
AderiyikeThe pampered crown.Girl
AfamefunaMy name will not be lost.Boy
AgbarhaBorn in AgbarhaBoy
AhunnaOne with the body of her father.Girl
AhwinahwiA really black or dark individualBoy
AkachukwuThe hand of God.Boy
AkinYoruban - Brave, Heroic ; Hebrew - ManBoy
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