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Most Popular and Meaningful African Names

Baby NamesUpdated October 12, 2022

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One of the most exciting parts of expecting a baby is choosing your child’s name! If you are pregnant or adopting and considering an African name, you’re in the right place! There are many beautiful African girl names and African boy names with equally beautiful meanings to choose from. Some African names are Swahili; some are Egyptian; and a few are Arabic, Hebrew, Ethiopian, or Somali in origin. The majority of these baby names are from Eastern, Southern, or Western Africa, but a few are from Northern Africa too.

African Names for Your Baby

African Girl Names

Are you a Disney fan? You might like Nala, of The Lion King fame, which means “us.”

History buff? You might consider Cleopatra, as in Cleopatra VII, which means “glory of the father.”

Like geography? You might like Kenya, the name of a country and mountain in East Africa, which means “striped one or the mountain of whiteness” because of its snow-capped peak.

Do you love nature and the outdoors? You might consider Abeba, which means “flower,” or Aberash, which means “giving off light, shining.”

Maybe you want to choose a religious name for your daughter? You might like Ayaan, which means “gift of God, good luck;” or Chidinma, which means “God is good;” or Imani, which means “faith;” Masego, which means “blessings;” or Sharik, which means “God’s child or one on whom the sun shines.” Or you might consider Onika, which means, “Who is greater than God?”

Want an elegant name for your little girl? Try Adamma, which means “beautiful child;” Amara, which means “grace, mercy, kindness;” Anika, which means “sweet-faced;” Mandisa, which means “sweet;” Nia, which means “purpose;” Zola, which means “calm;” or Zuri, which means “beautiful.” Or you might like Jahzara, which means “blessed princess.”

If your baby girl is born on a specific day of the week or during a particular season, you might consider Aba, which means “born on Thursday;” Abidemi, which means “born during father’s absence;” or Abiona, which means “born during a journey.”

And if this is your first baby girl, you might like Ada, which means “first daughter.”

Popular African Names for Girls

Here are a few of the most popular African girl names in alphabetical order:

Aba

Abeba

Aberash

Abidemi

Abimbola

Abiona

Ada

Adamma

Adefunke, Adefunmike

Adjoa

Aduke

Adzoa, Adzowa

Afiya

Akosiwa

Akua, Akuwa

Alaba

Amara

Ameng

Anaca

Anecky

Anika

Annaka

Anuli

Asaye

Asong

Assibi

Aunika

Awo

Awushi

Ayaan

Ayaba

Ayana

Ayodele

Ayofemi

Babafunmike

Baduwa

Balaraba

Bosede

Chidera, Chidi

Chidinma

Chinagorom

Chinecherem

Chioma

Chukwuebuka

Cleopatra

Deka

Dipuo, Dipuonyane

Ebuka

Echerem

Eshe

Esi

Gugulethu

Hadiza

Hibo

Imani

Jahzara

Kenya

Kesia

Makena

Mandisa

Masego

Nala

Nia

Ola

Onika

Sade

Safiya

Sharik

Taraji

Zendaya

Zola

Zuri

African Boy Names

Do you love nature? You might like Kamari, which means “moon,” or Tau, which means “lion.” Or you might like Cowry, which means “cowrie shell.”

Geography lover? You might consider Kibo, the highest peak in Africa on Mount Kilimanjaro, which means “from the highest mountain peak,” or Zaire, the former name of a country in sub-Saharan Africa (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), which means “person from Zaire, river.”

Political junkie? You might like Obama, like former President Barack Obama, which means “crooked, somewhat bent.”

Maybe you want to choose a religious name for your son? You might consider Abdalla, which means “servant of Allah;” Chima, which means “God knows;” Ike, which means “God will laugh, God laughed;” Imamu, which means “spiritual leader;”  Nnamdi, which means “my God is alive;” or Yuusuf, which means “God increases.”

Or you might consider Osiris, as in the Egyptian god of fertility, agriculture, the afterlife, the dead, resurrection, life, and vegetation, which means “God of the Dead or with strong eyesight.”

Want to give your son a strong name worthy of a warrior? Consider Amari, which means “possesses great strength,” or Diallo, which means “bold.”

If your baby boy is born during a particular season, you might consider Abiodun, which means “born during war,” or Abiola, which means “born during a festival.”

Popular African Names for Boys

Here are a few of the most popular African boy names in alphabetical order:

Aadan

Abdalla

Abebe

Abidemi

Abiodun

Abiola

Adelaja

Adeleke

Afro

Aiyetoro

Ajala

Akinlabi

Akintunde

Akinwunmi

Akinyele

Akrong

Amari

Amazu

Ambe

Amenyo

Awotwi

Ayo, Ayomide

Baako

Babafemi

Babatunde

Badu

Bahari

Bahati

Bakari

Balarabe

Bamidele

Bandele

Bomani

Botwe

Cairo

Chi

Chijioke

Chike

Chileogu

Chima, Chimaijem

Chinelo

Chineze

Chinua

Chiumbo

Chukwubuikem

Cowry

Dada

Danasabe

Danjuma

Danladi

Danlami

Diallo

Dubaku

Faraji

Femi

Idir

Ike

Imamu

Jabari

Kamari

Kibo

Kofi

Kwame

Nnamdi

Obama

Omari

Osiris

Scipio

Shaka

Tau

Thandiwe

Umi

Wole

Yared

Yuusuf

Zaire

There are so many beautiful and powerful African names for boys and girls to choose from! I hope you were able to add a few of these to your list! Which was your favorite?

Check out our other baby name lists if you are still on the baby name hunt. Try the coolest girl names, coolest boy names, rare girl names, and powerful boy names for inspiration. Good luck picking out the right one for your baby-to-be!

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