AFRICAN NAMES

 

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What's in a Name

Everything

The Africans believe that a child takes on seven (7) characteristics of it's name. Be it person or thing.

A name is a child's identity, make sure you select one for your child that correctly identifies your child personality or protrays your child linkage or give a history of your child conception, birth or hopes for the future.

Looking for an African Name for your Expected Child?

Looking for an African name for your child? If so, check out our list of African names.  I don't know the meanings of many of the names and it is not a requirement when submitting a name. However, if you do know the meaning of a name in our list and the origin of the name, please email me at toadoll@gis.net.  It will help those who see value in meaning.  

When submitting an African name for our list, please provide us with the following information.

  • Is it a boy's name or a girl's name?
  • What part of Africa is it from? 
  • What African Dialect does the name belongs to?
  • Do you know the meaning of the name?

Submit an African name to our list. (Please don't submit names that are already included in the list.

Ciatta

Your first name of Ciatta has given you a very friendly, likeable nature, and you could excel in artistic, dramatic, and musical expression. With this name, you desire the finer things in life, but you do not always have the resolve and vitality to put forth the effort necessary to fulfill your desires.

Your emotional feelings are easily aroused and you will always be involved in other people's problems as a result of your overly sympathetic nature. You have many disappointments as a result of extending a helping hand to others in need, and then not receiving any acknowledgement or reciprocation for your generosity.

After each experience, you have to guard against feelings of despondency and self-pity. You have lofty goals and high ideals, but must incorporate more practicality, system, and concentration in order to materialize them. In health, this name affects the nervous system and also the fluid functions, giving rise to kidney or bladder weaknesses.

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Muslim Names

These names are popular throughout West Africa with the Mandingos, Fulani and other Muslims.

Girls

Fanta , Ramatu short for Ramatula, Kasnatu, Koja, Swana, Nyeimaah, Mathenneh, Lagbeh, Watta, Sao, Sayo and Keima or Kayma.

Kosnatu - is a Isalamic name from Sierra Leone, West Africa, Kosnatu means Brilliance.

Rahmatulah - The mercy of God

Fatima - The prophet's daughter

Bintu - The daughter of

North African Names

Roukea - Muslim female name.

Boys

  • Amadu

  • Solo

  • Blama

  • Mamadee

  • Momolu

  • Ahmed

AFRICAN NAMES

New Names to the African Name Web Site

  • Anika - Yoruba dailect Nigeria

  • Ameyo is a girl name from Ghana and the Ewe dialect meaning a girl born on Saturday
  • Ayana- Beautiful Flower- Ethiopian

  • Ariel- Loiness of God

  • Kai - Girl name, basically means "love", Yoruba dialect, Nigeria

  • Komnan- Boy's Name in Ghana Fante means born on Monday.

More Names from Liberia

  • Dwede (pronounced "dwe-day". This is a female's name meaning Dwe's Mother; as you would say Junior's Ma or Pa.)

  • Mamawa (MAWAY) (This is another female's name meaning small-mother. This name is for someone who is the name-sake of your mother or grandmother or just another older person you call Ma or Mama in the family)

  • Sianeh ( is actually " Sie-Anyene" which means Sie's Wife. If your
    husband's name is Sie, and a girl is named after you, you may decide to call her this name to reflect your love and honour for your husband

  • Wahde (pronounced "Wah-Day" means Wah's Mother. Again if you have a son called WAH, and a girl is named after you, you can choose to call that child Wahde reflecting your love and respect for your son Wah.

  • Wonlay (this name can be given to either a boy or girl child. Actually
    it is pronounced "War-nie" and means "Tired". This name is given a girl
    whose parents have lost a lot of children in either childbirth/childhood.
    They are simply saying that "We are tired of all troubles/problems.)

  • Yenplu ( is actually pronounced "NYENE-PLU" and the name means
    "White Woman". It is given to a considered-beautiful girl child).

  • Dwe (the name DWE is a boy's name, and for a girl it is "NYENE-DWE".
    NYENE is Woman or Wife. Dwe is the Grebo name for an elephant and so this name is given to a person who is great, strong and power, and sometimes even big.

  • Monon-Konmlan (or Konmlan for short)-- Boy name In Liberian Kru means I'm the one with the luck/blessing.

  • Soe-Tehpoe (or Tehpoe for short)- boy name In Liberian kru means I'm not to be blamed/I'm not responsible for what happened.

  • Jayplo/Japlo-- Girl name in Liberian Kru means beautiful girl.

Kissi Names

The Kissi people are from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Boys Name

  • Saa, Saah or Sarh: First boy
  • Tamba: Second boy

Girls Name

  • Sia: First girl
  • Kumba: Second girl
  • Finda: Third girl

Names from "Africa's Experience in America"

List of names from African slaves and later free people of Newport, Rhode Island. Newport was at the center of the African Slave Trade during the Colonial Period. Today, it has the nation’s oldest and largest slave burial markers with the oldest dating back to 1690. Nearly all Newport slaves came from Cape Coast then on to Barbados and Jamaica to Newport.

  • Cuffee - is the Anglicized version of the Ghanaian name “Kofi” which is a name given to boys born on Friday.
  • Salmar
  • Nubia
  • Yama
  • Quamino
  • Mowatt
  • Cuff
  • Mingo
  • Occramar
  • Marycoo
  • Zingo
  • Quarco
  • Orbour (Female)
  • Mimbo (Female)

African names whose origins are not known.
Girls

  • A - Abu, Amma
  • B - Banwai, Bella
  • C - Chioma, Coto
  • D - Deddeh, Dwede
  • E - Ebun
  • F - Famata, Fatima, Fazzie, Feta
  • G - Garmaih
  • H - Hawa
  • J - Jlay, Juah, Jugbeh
  • K - Kamah, Kebbeh, Kona, Kollie, Korto, Korlu, Kula
  • L - Lorpu
  • M - Madia, Mamawa, Massa, Mayatu, Matu, Mazu, Miata or Miatta, Moima, Munah, Musu, Miehdi
  • N - Nowah Nahdi, Neeway, Nahweh, Nowu
  • O - Owalla
  • S - Saybah, Sadatu, Sadia, Saida, Sianeh, Siata or Siatta
  • T - Tonia, Tenneh, Tuma
  • W - Wyiata, Wonlay
  • Y - Yama, Yarta or Yatta, Yassa or Yassah, Yamah, Yarmah, Yata, Yenpu
  • Z - Zoe

Boys

  • A - Abu, Amu, Ansu, Armah
  • B - Boimah, Boikai
  • F - Flomo, Foday, Fokra
  • G - Goma
  • K - Kandaki, Kwame, Kofa, Kofi
  • L - Lamie
  • M - Marbue, Massala, Momo
  • O - Oso, Sia, Sidiki, Siafa
  • T - Tokpah, Toyuwa, Trokon
  • V - Varney
  • W - Wleh
  • Z - Zanele, Zinnah, Zwana

Looking for a name for an expected son?

How about Suah? Suah is a boy's name. The name comes from Liberia, West Africa and it belongs to the dialect of Gio. The name "Suah" means "A new era, a new beginning"

It is pronounced Sue-ah. Sue as in a girls name and Ah- as in "Ah, that hurts." or like the sound you make after you had a refreshing drink. Su-ah not Su-uh.

Click here to listen to correct pronuncation of the name Suah

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