African Names

  1. Salama
    • Origin:

      African, Swahili
    • Meaning:

      "peace, safety, security"
    • Description:

      The three soft a's make for a calm and rhythmic name, though some risk of salami jokes.
  2. Ogun
    • Origin:

      African, Yoruba
    • Meaning:

      "god of war"
    • Description:

      Militaristic.
  3. Pili
    • Origin:

      African, Swahili
    • Meaning:

      "second born"
    • Description:

      Will be frequently misunderstood as Pele or, worse, "pilly".
  4. Gahiji
    • Origin:

      African
    • Meaning:

      "the hunter"
    • Description:

      A name that originated in Rwanda, rhythmically evocative.
  5. Folami
    • Origin:

      Yoruba, African
    • Meaning:

      "honor and respect me"
    • Description:

      Nigerian name with an honorable meaning.
  6. Nayo
    • Origin:

      African Nigerian
    • Meaning:

      "she is our joy"
    • Description:

      A bit masculine in feel.
  7. Zagora
    • Origin:

      North African place-name; also Swahili
    • Description:

      If you're looking for an African place-name, this one belongs to the main town in eastern Morocco.
  8. Kwadwo
    • Origin:

      Twi
    • Meaning:

      "Born on a Monday"
    • Description:

      Kwadwo is a name given to men born on Monday in Western Africa, particularly Ghana and some parts of Togo and Ivory Coast. The female variant is Adwoa.
  9. Akuba
    • Origin:

      Twi
    • Meaning:

      "Born on a Wednesday"
    • Description:

      The Akan people of Ghana and the Ivory Coast frequently name their children after the day of the week they were born and the order in which they were born. Most Ghanaians have a name using this system (think Kofi Annan, whose name means born on a Friday).
  10. Nzingha
    • Origin:

      African, Matamba
    • Description:

      The name of a great seventeenth century African warrior queen, known for her brilliance as an administrator and organizer, and unstinting commitment to peace.
  11. Kadida
    • Origin:

      Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "premature child"
    • Description:

      Kadida is an Anglicized form of the Arabic name Khadija, wife of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
  12. Abenaa
    • Origin:

      Twi
    • Meaning:

      "Born on a Tuesday"
    • Description:

      The Akan people of Ghana and the Ivory Coast frequently name their children after the day of the week they were born and the order in which they were born. Most Ghanaians have a name using this system (think Kofi Annan, whose name means born on a Friday).
  13. Yaba
    • Origin:

      Twi
    • Meaning:

      "Born on a Thursday"
    • Description:

      The Akan people of Ghana and the Ivory Coast frequently name their children after the day of the week they were born and the order in which they were born. Most Ghanaians have a name using this system (think Kofi Annan, whose name means born on a Friday).
  14. Senegal
    • Origin:

      African place-name
    • Description:

      Unlikely to take over Kenya's spot as the dominant African place-name.