AFRICAN NAMES

AFRICAN BABYNAMES
Africa is home to several language families and hundreds of languages. The people can be divided into over a thousand different ethnic groups. Some practice various tribal religions, others Islam or Christianity. This complex background makes summing up African naming traditions in a few paragraphs very difficult.Traditional African baby names often reflect the circumstances at the time of birth. Names such as Mwanajuma– "Friday", Esi– "Sunday", Khamisi– "Thursday", and Wekesa –"harvest time" refer to the time or day when the child was born. Other names reflect the birth order of the newborn, for example Mosi– "first born", Kunto– "third born", Nsonowa –"seventh born", and Zesiro– "first of twins". Some names describe the parent's reaction to the birth (such as Kayode, Gwandoya, Abeni and Monifa) and still others are descriptive of the newborn or of desired characteristics (like Yejide, Dada, Chiumbo and Zuberi). Vocabulary words are also often used as given names. For example: Sefu– "sword" and Tau– "lion" (masculine) and Marjani– "coral" and Ife –"love" (feminine).


African Boy Names
Afram
A River in Ghana, Africa
Abdalla
Servant of God
Abdul
Servant of the Lord
Abedi
Worshipper
Abiola
Eldest
Babu
Grandfather
Badrani
Full Moon
Bello
Helper
Chacha
Strong
Chibale
Kinship
Chimalsi
Proud
Daktari
Healer
Diallo
Bold
Elewa
Intelligent
Eze
King
Fahim
Learned
Farhani
Happy
Ghalib
Winner
Haamid
Grateful
Habib
Beloved
Iman
Faith
Jaafar
Small River
Jamal
Elegance
Kosey
Lion
Latif
Gentle
Maalik
Experienced
Moswen
Light in Color
Muhammed
Praised
Naasir
Defender
Nanji
Safe
Nassor
Victorious
Odongo
Second of Twins
Paki
Witness
Rafiki
Friend
Rashad
Righteous
Rasul
Messenger
Saad
Good Fortune
Said
Happy
Salaam
Peach
Senwe
Dry Grain Stalk
Tahir
Pure
Taji
Crown
Talib
Seeker
Ubora
Excellence
Umar
Longevity
Ulan
First Born Twin
Waitimu
Born of the Spear
Yohance
God's Gift
Zahir
Shining
Zuri
Good Looking
Zareb
Protector

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African Girl Names
Abla
Wild Rose
Afi
Born on Friday
Ama
Born on Saturday
Baba
Born on Thursday
Binah
Dancer
Bunme
My Gift
Chiku
Chatterer
Chinue
God's Blessing
Damisi
Cheerful
Doli
Doll
Efia
Proud
Daktari
Born on Friday
Eshe
Life
Fadhila
Outstanding
Faiza
Victorious
Farida
Unique
Ghalyela
Precious
Gimbya
Princess
Haiba
Charm
Hanna
Happiness
Hamida
Gracious
Halla
Unexpected Gift
Imena
Dream
Jahia
Prominent
Jamila
Beautiful
Johanna
God's Grace
Kali
Energetic
Kamili
Perfection
Kia
Season's Beginning
Latifa
Gentle
Layla
Born at Night
Lila
Good
Lisha
Mysterious
Maisha
Life
Malika
Queen
Nabila
Noble
Nadia
Caller
Naima
Graceful
Paka
Cat
Pulika
Obedience
Rabia
Spring
Rafiya
Dignified
Raisa
Exalted
Reta
Shaken
Ridhaa
Goodwill
Saada
Helper
Sabra
Patience
Saida
Happy
Tabita
Graceful
Tawia
Born after Twins
Tisha
Strong Willed
Uzima
Vitality
Uzuri
Beauty
Wangari
Leopard
Winna
Friend
Yakini
Truth
Yasmin
Jasmine
Yusra
Ease
Zalika
Well Born
Zina
Secret Spirit

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