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African Girl Names

African names for girls are derived from a wide range of cultures, languages and countries, from Arabic to Xhosa, Swahili to Yoruba. Some African names have migrated to other continents and become well-used in English-speaking nations such as the US and Great Britain, including Amara, Anika, Zuri, and place-name Kenya. Many African names for girls originated as names for days of the week, times of the year such as harvest time, positions in the family such as eldest daughter, or elements of nature such as lion or grass.

In modern Africa, names sometimes have a religious element, with much of Northern Africa using Muslim names while parents in other African countries favoring Christian names. In the US, parents began searching for African names with personal meaning following the popularity of the book and TV miniseries Roots, in which the main character reclaims his African names. If you’re searching for African names for a baby girl, here is our full list.