African Names

Name Pronunciation Meaning Gender Ethnicity Region Continent Tags

Chikumbu

chee-KOOM-boo

knife handle

Male

Yao

Malawi

Africa

chee, koom, boo, knife, handle, male, yao, malawi, africa

Akoth

AH-koh-th

born during the rainy season

Female

Luo

Kenya

Africa

ah, koh, th, born, during, the, rainy, season, female, luo, kenya, africa

Mtawa

mm-tah-WAH

devout person

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

mm, tah, wah, devout, person, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Shamba

shah-m-BAH

plantation

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

shah, m, bah, plantation, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Okoth

oh-KOTH

born when it was raining

Male

Luo

Uganda

Africa

oh, koth, born, when, it, was, raining, male, luo, uganda, africa

Jabulani

jah-boo-LAH-nee

happy

Male

Ndebele

Zimbabwe

Africa

jah, boo, lah, nee, happy, male, ndebele, zimbabwe, africa

Abena

ah-beeh-NAH

born on Tuesday

Female

Akan

Ghana

Africa

ah, beeh, nah, born, on, tuesday, female, akan, ghana, africa

Zahur

zah-HOOR

flower

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

zah, hoor, flower, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Waiyaki

WAI-yah-kee

a great leader of the Agikuyu

Male

Gikuyu

Kenya

Africa

wai, yah, kee, a, great, leader, of, the, agikuyu, male, gikuyu, kenya, africa

Aida

AH-ee-dah

gain advantage

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

ah, ee, dah, gain, advantage, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Feruzi

feh-ROO-zee

turquoise

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

feh, roo, zee, turquoise, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Lukongolo

loo-KOHN-goh-loh

leg

Male

Yao

Malawi

Africa

loo, kohn, goh, loh, leg, male, yao, malawi, africa

Olamina

aw-lah-MEE-nah

this is my wealth

Male

Yoruba

Nigeria

Africa

aw, lah, mee, nah, this, is, my, wealth, male, yoruba, nigeria, africa

Mpesi

m-PEH-see

stock of maize

Male

Ngoni

Malawi

Africa

m, peh, see, stock, of, maize, male, ngoni, malawi, africa

Kioni

KEO-nee

she who see

Female

Kikuyu

Kenya

Africa

keo, nee, she, who, see, female, kikuyu, kenya, africa

Ngumo

GOO-moh

fame

Male

Kikuyu

Kenya

Africa

goo, moh, fame, male, kikuyu, kenya, africa

Nadiya

NAH-dee-yah

generous

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

nah, dee, yah, generous, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Kinoro

KEH-noh-roh

sharpener of knives

Male

Kikuyu

Kenya

Africa

keh, noh, roh, sharpener, of, knives, male, kikuyu, kenya, africa

Hamdaan

HAM-dan

praise

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

ham, dan, praise, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Ujamaa

oo-JAH-mah

family

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

oo, jah, mah, family, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Samiha

sah-MEE-hah

magnanimous

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

sah, mee, hah, magnanimous, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Mtoto

mm-TOH-toh

youngster little boy

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

mm, toh, toh, youngster, little, boy, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Itidal

ee-tee-DAHL

symmetry

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

ee, tee, dahl, symmetry, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Rabuwa

RAH-booh-wah

grow

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

rah, booh, wah, grow, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Mtama

M-tah-mah

millet

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

m, tah, mah, millet, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Mwanza

MWAH-n-zah

a Tanzanian town

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

mwah, n, zah, a, tanzanian, town, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Ozigbodi

oh-ZEE-gboh-dee

patience

Female

Ewe

Ghana

Africa

oh, zee, gboh, dee, patience, female, ewe, ghana, africa

Mong'ina

MOHN-ngee-nah

my mother

Female

Kisii

Kenya

Africa

mohn, ngee, nah, my, mother, female, kisii, kenya, africa

Adebola

ah-DEH-boh-lah

she met honor

Female

Yoruba

Nigeria

Africa

ah, deh, boh, lah, she, met, honor, female, yoruba, nigeria, africa

Uzuri

oo-zoo-ree

beauty

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

oo, zoo, ree, beauty, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Adnan

ahd-NAN

good fortune

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

ahd, nan, good, fortune, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Natasa

NAH-tah-sah

skillful

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

nah, tah, sah, skillful, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Chipita

chee-PEE-TAH

it has gone

Male

Ngoni

Malawi

Africa

chee, pee, tah, it, has, gone, male, ngoni, malawi, africa

Iyapo

ee-YAH-po

many trials

Male

Yoruba

Nigeria

Africa

ee, yah, po, many, trials, male, yoruba, nigeria, africa

Halili

HAH-lee-lee

Beloved one

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

hah, lee, lee, beloved, one, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Taalib

TAH-leeb

seeker of

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

tah, leeb, seeker, of, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Wairimu

WAH-ee-ree-moh

one of the nine founders of the Agikuyu people

Female

Kikuyu

Kenya

Africa

wah, ee, ree, moh, one, of, the, nine, founders, of, the, agikuyu, people, female, kikuyu, kenya, africa

Chandu

CHAN-doo

octopus

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

chan, doo, octopus, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Tiifu

tee-FOO

loyal faithful

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

tee, foo, loyal, faithful, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Zuka

zoo-KAH

money

Male

Shona

Zimbabwe

Africa

zoo, kah, money, male, shona, zimbabwe, africa

Coblah

koh-BLAH

born on Tuesday

Male

Ewe

Ghana

Africa

koh, blah, born, on, tuesday, male, ewe, ghana, africa

Wepesi

WEH-peh-see

swift

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

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

Adebamgbe

ah-DEH-bam-beh

royalty dwells with me

Male

Yoruba

Nigeria

Africa

ah, deh, bam, beh, royalty, dwells, with, me, male, yoruba, nigeria, africa

Sikambagila

see-kam-bah-GHEE-lah

it doesn't suit him

Female

Nyakyusa

Tanzania

Africa

see, kam, bah, ghee, lah, it, doesn't, suit, him, female, nyakyusa, tanzania, africa

Shinuni

shee-NUH-nee

attack

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

shee, nuh, nee, attack, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Kulula

KUH-loo-lah

Superior

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

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

Gwandoya

gwan-DOH-yah

met with unhappiness

Male

Luganda

Uganda

Africa

gwan, doh, yah, met, with, unhappiness, male, luganda, uganda, africa

Nyankomago

ng-yank-oh-MAH-goh

second child after twins

Female

Twi

Ghana

Africa

ng, yank, oh, mah, goh, second, child, after, twins, female, twi, ghana, africa

Okechuku

oh-keh-CHOO-koo

Gods gift

Male

Ibo

Nigeria

Africa

oh, keh, choo, koo, gods, gift, male, ibo, nigeria, africa

Kiume

KEE-ooh-meh

masculine and strong

Male

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

kee, ooh, meh, masculine, and, strong, male, swahili, east africa, africa

Hala

HAH-lah

glorious

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

hah, lah, glorious, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Haifa.

HAH-ee-fah

slim

Female

Swahili

East Africa

Africa

hah, ee, fah, slim, female, swahili, east africa, africa

Lyabo

ee-YAH-boh

mother has returned

Female

Yoruba

Nigeria

Africa

ee, yah, boh, mother, has, returned, female, yoruba, nigeria, africa

Ogonna

oh-GOH-nah

father in law

Male

Ibo

Nigeria

Africa

oh, goh, nah, father, in, law, male, ibo, nigeria, africa