African NamesTotal Names: 2087
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Atieno

Atieno appeals to parents who seek a name with genuine depth. Attractive yet sophisticated, the name is a grea ... Read More

Female

Aamaal

Highly exalted; to ascend.. ... Read More

Female

Aasir

One with a captivating and fascinating personality. ... Read More

Male

Aba

The name Aba is of African origin. The meaning of Aba is "born on Thursday". Aba is generally used as a girl's ... Read More

Female

Ababuo

Historical meaning unknown; an Amazigh name.. ... Read More

Female

Abadiano

Born on Thursday. ... Read More

Female

Abagbe

Historical meaning unknown. ... Read More

Male

Abagebe

Child that keeps coming back (Ewe, Ghana, West Africa).. ... Read More

Female

Abakada

We begged to have this one to lift up (Yoruba, Nigeria, West Africa).. ... Read More

Female

Abalcisqueta

We begged to have this one to lift up (Yoruba, Nigeria, West Africa).. ... Read More

Female

Abam

Born on Thursday. ... Read More

Female

Abaronye

Second child after twins (Twi, Ghana, West Africa).. ... Read More

Female

Abarrotz

Made of stone, a building.. ... Read More

Female

Abasi

The name Abasi is of African Swahili origin. The meaning of Abasi is "stern". Abasi is generally used as a boy ... Read More

Male

Abbah

A name from mythology; or, variant of Abasi, stern.. ... Read More

Male

Abd al Alim

Born on Thursday. ... Read More

Female

Abd al Hakim

Historical meaning unknown. ... Read More

Female

Abd al Jabbar

Stern; lion.. ... Read More

Male

Abd al Rashid

Alternate spelling of Ababa, as in Addis Ababa, city in Ethiopia.. ... Read More

Female

Abdal Aziz

A condiment (Mudama, Uganda, East Africa).. ... Read More

Female

Abdalah

the Servant of god ... Read More

Male

Abdalala

the Slave of the High ... Read More

Male

Abdalalim

the Servant of the All-knowing ... Read More

Male

Abdalla

The name Abdalla is of African origin. The meaning of Abdalla is "servant of G-d". Abdalla is generally used a ... Read More

Male

Abdel Salam

Servant of God. (Swahili).. ... Read More

Female

Abdel-Alim

Servant of God (Swahili, Kenya-Tanzania, East Africa).. ... Read More

Female

Abdelahi

The name Abdelahi is of African origin. The meaning of Abdelahi is "not available". Abdelahi is generally used ... Read More

Male

Abder Razi

Servant.. ... Read More

Male

Abdul Aziz

Historical meaning unknown; popular in Somalia.. ... Read More

Male

Abdul Baari

Servant of the man of learning; servant of the wise man.. ... Read More

Male

Abdul Baasit

Servant of the kind one.. ... Read More

Male

Abdul Bari

Historical meaning unknown. ... Read More

Male

Abdul Haafiz

My servant.. ... Read More

Male

Abdul Hafeez

Slave of God.. ... Read More

Male

Abdul Hakeen

Short form of Abdoulie.. ... Read More

Male

Abdul Hakim

Historical meaning unknown. ... Read More

Male

Abdul Haleem

Short form of Abdoulie.. ... Read More

Male

Abdul Halim

Servant of God.. ... Read More

Male

Abdul-Wahaab

Servant of God.. ... Read More

Male

Abdulkhaaliq

Servant of the Creator ... Read More

Male
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More About African Names

African Names

Search african names by origin and find the meaning and history behind your favorite first names. Get great ideas for african baby names from around the world.

The origin of a name can be very important if you are looking to find a baby name that is related to your own family or part of your culture.

Choosing your baby’s name is a big responsibility. It’s the name that he or she will carefully practice writing out to sign magnificent pieces of preschool artwork. It’s the name your child will use to introduce and identify him or herself.

African names represent ancestral meanings from the first tribes on the planet to modern day societies. Being the largest continent on the planet and encompassing a large variety of cultures and people, there is rich diversity in parenting traditions. Children from one country to another experience vastly different rites of passage, upbringing, and tradition. Boys from Nigeria are educated differently from girls in Ethiopia. You’ll find that the names provided are rich in culture and with unique meanings compared to our Westernized society.

Are you looking for a French name for your baby ? Consider Brittaney, a beautiful name that means “White flower” – what a perfect way to describe your little angel!

Why are names so important?

People give certain names to their children for various reasons – to honor someone, like a favored relative or famous person (like your uncle Michael, or John F. Kennedy); because the name itself translates to something special (like my name, Timothy, translates to “serving God”), to provide a sense of uniqueness in the world (like the name of someone I knew in college gave to her daughter – Tanji), or to be frivolous (as in the case of parents who might name their child “Lucifer” or “Messiah” or “23”). In some cultures which use descriptive phrases or nouns for names, as in some Native American tribes, it is seen as bestowing the gifts or talents described in the phrase, such as Running Rabbit or Flying Arrow.

Seek out a name with an origin and meaning that resonates with you here.