Nigerian Names for Boys

  1. Iniko
    • Origin:

      Nigerian, Igbo
    • Meaning:

      "born in a time of trouble"
    • Description:

      This West African name has an upbeat, energetic sound, yet it is traditionally used for a son who was born during troubled times.
  2. Ajani
    • Origin:

      Nigerian, Yoruban
    • Meaning:

      "the victor"
    • Description:

      An easily assimilated African name, a novel twist on Johnny.
  3. Kehinde
    • Origin:

      Yoruba
    • Meaning:

      "second-born of twins or one who falls behind"
    • Description:

      This African name, which derives from the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria, is used for both girls and boys -- but in the US, its most notable bearer is (male) artist Kehinde Wiley. Wiley, who paints brown- and black-skinned people in the style of European Old Masters, was born in Los Angeles of an African-American mother and a Yoruba father and was also a twin, thus his name. An attractive and creative choice for either gender.
  4. Agu
    • Origin:

      Igbo
    • Meaning:

      "tiger"
    • Description:

      In its native Nigeria, Agu is a surname that signifies strength and being a force of nature. Agu as a first name has some pedigree, however: most notably via Agu Casmir, a famous Nigerian-Singaporean soccer player.
  5. Ajamu
    • Origin:

      Nigerian, Yoruban
    • Meaning:

      "he fights for his desires"
    • Description:

      Rhythmic name sometimes associated with calypso singer King Ajamu.
  6. Diji
    • Origin:

      Nigerian
    • Meaning:

      "a farmer"
    • Description:

      Accessible multicultural name. Kot Diji is a site of ancient remains in modern-day Pakistan.
  7. Amazu
    • Origin:

      Nigerian, Ibo
    • Meaning:

      "no one knows everything"
    • Description:

      Conveys a sense of amazement.