77 Swahili Baby Names With Meanings

Selecting a baby name is like embarking on a treasure hunt, where you are sure to be a winner. The perfect name is hidden on the Internet or between the folds of a baby name book. You just have to find out the perfect one, which, you surely will. If you’re on a hunt for a Swahili baby name, MomJunction has created a cheat sheet for you.

Swahili, the official language of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Democratic Republic of Congo, is highly influenced by other languages and dialects. Some of the Swahili words are Arabic, obtained from the 12 centuries contact with the Arabic nations. The vocabulary also includes English, Persian, Portuguese, German, and French words, attained through contact with these countries in the past centuries. This influence is reflected in Swahili baby names as well, considering a large number of Swahili names are either Arabic or Biblical.

Below is MomJunction's wide selection of traditional, modern, unique, and famous Swahili baby names with meanings and its traditional gender use.

AdeaA kind gift from the GodGirl
AdiaA gift, or a gift from the GodGirl
AdiahGod's gift or God's ornamentsGirl
AhadiPromising, With much promiseGirl
AiyshaPowerful and completeGirl
AkidaChief, Officer; one who is determined and diplomaticBoy
AkinaSolidarity, bond, family bondGirl
AmanaA warrior at heart who is faithful and loyalUnisex
AmaziahThe one who has the strength of God, is unusual and extraordinaryBoy
AmneAfrican - Swahili - Safe; SecureGirl
AsafaOne who is son of a chief and a Persian officerBoy
AsanisRebel; a clear and modest personBoy
AshuraFriend or the one who accompanies.Boy
AthumaniThe third KhalifaBoy
AtienaGuardian of the night.Girl
AuniAfrican Swahili - Help; AssistBoy
AziziArabic - Beloved; Precious One; Treasure; ValuableBoy
BadruArabic - Full Moon; A variant of name BadrBoy
BakariA promising and lovely human beingBoy
BanouFemale; Lady; PrincessGirl
BarikaBloom, Be SuccessfulGirl
ChachaA strong manBoy
ChanduAn octopusBoy
ChaneThe oe having a strong Oak-heartBoy
ChikuThe one talking a lotGirl
DjimonOne who has a strong blood; powerful personBoy
ElewisaAn intelligent and mindful personBoy
HamiDefender, Patron, Protector, Supporter, Show Favor, From SwahiliBoy
Hasnaaveru beautifulGirl
JabaliA man who is strong as a rockBoy
JaboriOne who brings comfort to peopleBoy
JelRefers to Strong and hard.Boy
Jinathey are born investigator with the leadership skills. They like to keep themselves moving and have curiosity to learn and gain knowledge.Unisex
JohariSomething of value,jewel,something precious which is adoredGirl
KamariaThe name means Bright like the MoonGirl
KamiliKamili name means He is Perfecr, He has No FlawsBoy
KenyadaThe name means GemBoy
KenyattaKenyatta means JewelBoy
KesiBorn at time of great trouble for fatherGirl
KichakaKichaka means The one Who BlushesGirl
KitoA precious stone.Boy
KobeKobe meand TortoiseBoy
KondoA warriorBoy
LakeishaLakeisha means JoyfulGirl
LakiciaShe who is a Favorite among peopleGirl
MosiThe first born childUnisex
MosiyaThe child who born first to the parentsUnisex
NalahA lioness, furious as lionessGirl
NallaA successful person, who achieved everythingGirl
NeaRadiant, Shimmering, Glossy, Glistening.Girl
NiaghAn aim or a purposeGirl
NyaA friend, a companionGirl
NyimboAn Arabic word one who gives respect and honour others.Girl
PaccaAnother name of a pussycat; lovely personGirl
PendaAfrican - Admired; Loved; Beloved; A variant of PenhaGirl
RethThe King, the RulerBoy
RussomOne who is a leader, a head of the chargeUnisex
ShaniA wonderful womanGirl
ShomariOne with a forceful personalityBoy
SikudhaniA pleasant surpriseGirl
SimbaTo be like a lionBoy
TabariA famous HistorianBoy
TabiaPolite behavior and talentedGirl
TambikaReligious offeringGirl
ThimbaHe who hunts lionsBoy
TishA strong will or will-powerGirl
TishalaOne who has a strong will powerGirl
ZaharaTo shine, to bloomGirl
ZalikaOne who is well born.Girl
ZuberiOne who is strong.Boy
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