African Names

Name Pronunciation Meaning Gender Ethnicity Region Continent Tags

Paka

PAH-kah

cat

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

pah, kah, cat, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Jafari

jah-FAH-ree

creek

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

jah, fah, ree, creek, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Asale

ah-SAH-leh

speak

Female

Yao

Malawi

Africa

ah, sah, leh, speak, female, yao, malawi, africa

Juwayria

JUH-wah-ree-yah

a damask rose

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

juh, wah, ree, yah, a, damask, rose, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Nourbese

noor-BEH-seh

a wonderful child

Female

Benin

Nigeria

Africa

noor, beh, seh, a, wonderful, child, female, benin, nigeria, africa

Wepesi

WEH-peh-see

swift

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

weh, peh, see, swift, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Adili

ah-DEE-lee

just

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

ah, dee, lee, just, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Sarahani

SAH-rah-hah-nee

free

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

sah, rah, hah, nee, free, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Kanika

kah-NEE-kah

black cloth

Female

Mwera

Kenya

Africa

kah, nee, kah, black, cloth, female, mwera, kenya, africa

Bupe

BOO-peh

hospitality

Female

Nyakyusa

Tanzania

Africa

boo, peh, hospitality, female, nyakyusa, tanzania, africa

Boahinmaa

bwa-HIN-mah

one who has left her community

Female

Ewe

Ghana

Africa

bwa, hin, mah, one, who, has, left, her, community, female, ewe, ghana, africa

Coujoe

koh-JOH

born on Monday

Male

Ewe

Ghana

Africa

koh, joh, born, on, monday, male, ewe, ghana, africa

Tindo

teen-DOH

active

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

teen, doh, active, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Amne

AHM-neh

secure

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

ahm, neh, secure, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Liwaza

LEE-wah-zah

Consolation

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

lee, wah, zah, consolation, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Islam

EE-slam

submission to God

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

ee, slam, submission, to, god, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Ode

oh-DEH

born along the road

Female

Benin

Nigeria

Africa

oh, deh, born, along, the, road, female, benin, nigeria, africa

Osayaba

oh-sah-YAH-bah

God forgives

Male

Benin

Nigeria

Africa

oh, sah, yah, bah, god, forgives, male, benin, nigeria, africa

Panyin

pahn-YEEN

elder of twins

Female

Fante

Ghana

Africa

pahn, yeen, elder, of, twins, female, fante, ghana, africa

Ndachitanji

n-aah-chee-TAN-jee

what have I done?

Female

Ngoni

Malawi

Africa

n, aah, chee, tan, jee, what, have, i, done, female, ngoni, malawi, africa

Mwajuma

m-wah-JOO-mah

born on Friday

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

m, wah, joo, mah, born, on, friday, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Saleh

sah-LEH

good

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

sah, leh, good, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Karimu

kah-REE-mu

generous

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

kah, ree, mu, generous, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Kampibe

kahm-PEE-beh

go and look

Male

Ngoni

Malawi

Africa

kahm, pee, beh, go, and, look, male, ngoni, malawi, africa

Liu

LEE-oo

a voice

Male

Ngoni

Malawi

Africa

lee, oo, a, voice, male, ngoni, malawi, africa

Suhaila

soo-HAH-ee-lah

ease

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

soo, hah, ee, lah, ease, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Mshangama

mm-SHAHN-gah-mah

rising

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

mm, shahn, gah, mah, rising, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Sharif

SHAH-reef

noble

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

shah, reef, noble, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Aziz

AH-zeez

precious

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

ah, zeez, precious, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Kulula

KUH-loo-lah

Superior

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

kuh, loo, lah, superior, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Olushola

oh-LOO-shoh-lah

God has blessed me

Male

Yoruba

Nigeria

Africa

oh, loo, shoh, lah, god, has, blessed, me, male, yoruba, nigeria, africa

Jamala

JAH-mah-lah

Friendly good manners

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

jah, mah, lah, friendly, good, manners, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Uhuru

OO-hoo-roo

freedom liberation

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

oo, hoo, roo, freedom, liberation, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Liyongo

LEE-yohn-goh

talks much

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

lee, yohn, goh, talks, much, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Yao

YAH-oh

born on Thursday

Male

Ewe

Ghana

Africa

yah, oh, born, on, thursday, male, ewe, ghana, africa

Baba

BAH-bah

born on Thursday

Female

Fante

Ghana

Africa

bah, bah, born, on, thursday, female, fante, ghana, africa

Lutalo

LOO-tah-loh

warrior

Male

Luganda

Uganda

Africa

loo, tah, loh, warrior, male, luganda, uganda, africa

Kirafiki

KEE-rah-fee-kee

like a friend

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

kee, rah, fee, kee, like, a, friend, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Fumu

FUH-moo

majesty

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

fuh, moo, majesty, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Jalili

JAH-lee-lee

exalted dignified

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

jah, lee, lee, exalted, dignified, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Mtaalamu

mm-tah-lah-MUH

intellectual and scholarly

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

mm, tah, lah, muh, intellectual, and, scholarly, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Jumapili

joo-mah-PEE-lee

born on Sunday

Female

Mwera

Kenya

Africa

joo, mah, pee, lee, born, on, sunday, female, mwera, kenya, africa

Salah

sah-LAH

goodness

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

sah, lah, goodness, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Abayomi

ah-BAH-yoh-mee

pleasant meeting

Female

Yoruba

Nigeria

Africa

ah, bah, yoh, mee, pleasant, meeting, female, yoruba, nigeria, africa

Adeyemi

ah-deh-yeh-MEE

the crown suits me well

Male

Yoruba

Nigeria

Africa

ah, deh, yeh, mee, the, crown, suits, me, well, male, yoruba, nigeria, africa

Mbingu

been-GHU

heaven

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

been, ghu, heaven, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Ohon

OH-hon

the name is preserved: after the death of an elder.

Male

Luo

Kenya

Africa

oh, hon, the, name, is, preserved, after, the, death, of, an, elder, male, luo, kenya, africa

Omolara

oh-MOH-lah-rah

born at the right time

Female

Benin

Nigeria

Africa

oh, moh, lah, rah, born, at, the, right, time, female, benin, nigeria, africa

Ojwang

OH-jwahn-g

survived despite neglect

Male

Luo

Kenya

Africa

oh, jwahn, g, survived, despite, neglect, male, luo, kenya, africa

Ogwambi

oh-GWAHM-bee

always unfortunate

Male

Luganda

Uganda

Africa

oh, gwahm, bee, always, unfortunate, male, luganda, uganda, africa

Rashidi

rah-SHEE-dee

of good council

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

rah, shee, dee, of, good, council, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Titilayo

tee-tee-lah-YOH

eternal happiness

Female

Yoruba

Nigeria

Africa

tee, tee, lah, yoh, eternal, happiness, female, yoruba, nigeria, africa

Jecha

JEH-cha

sunrise

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

jeh, cha, sunrise, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Kame

KAH-meh

desolate

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

kah, meh, desolate, male, swahili, east africa, africa