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Gender: Female Origin of Africa: Place name, various meanings

The name Africa is a girl's name . Africa and is often added to lists like Best Girl Names Starting with Vowels and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

Most Africas today would be named for the continent, but the name actually existed in Scotland in medieval times, where there was a Celtic queen named Affrica. Africa has also been a Spanish name for girls since 1421. The church of the Virgin "Nuestra Senora de Africa" is in Ceuta, the Spanish city she is Patron of, in North Africa.

There have been several other theories as to the origin of the name. Some believe it refers to the name of the ancient Berber people who inhabited North Africa, others believe Africa means "greyish" in reference to the color of sand, and yet another theory is that it is a Phoenician word meaning "colony," as Africa was once a colony of the Roman Empire. To complicate matters further, spelled Affrica, it is also used in Spanish-speaking countries,meaning "pleasant."

Africa has been a recorded name in the U.S. since the eighteenth century.

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Popularity

Africa is #2289 on Nameberry

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Africa's International Variations

Aifric (Scottish)

Comments

I'm Dakota Says:

2018-12-27T20:46:25

Is India really overused? I've never met an India.

I'm Dakota Says:

2018-12-27T20:45:49

I BLESS THE RAINS DOWN IN AFRICA

loiswrenmatthews Says:

2018-09-02T16:07:14

Africa is a gorgeous alternative to the overused "India". It may also be a fresh alternative to other CA ending names for girls, such as the common Jessica, Rebecca, Annica, Francesca and Bianca.

aaronburrsir Says:

2018-05-06T12:46:33

gonna takE A LOT TO DRAG ME AWAAAY FROM YOU---

Hero_Phoebus Says:

2018-02-27T12:19:39

Beautifully divine and picture-perfect in every way!

indiefendi2 Says:

2017-03-23T22:14:09

Very very popular in Spain.

Frankie Says:

2014-07-03T12:52:36

Another theory is that it is derived from the Egyptianterm af-rui-ka meaning "birthplace".