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Gender: Female Pronunciation: ah-ma Meaning of Ama: "born on a Saturday" Origin of Ama: African

The name Ama is a girl's name of Polish origin meaning "born on a Saturday". Ama and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Ama is a day name used by the Akan people of Ghana for girls born on Saturday. Names that reference a baby's birth by day of the week, time of day, or season of the year are common in many African cultures. Ama is one that can be used happily by parents who live in English-speaking countries. While there are many girls' names that contain Ama as an element and might use it as a short form -- from Amalia to Amaryllis to Samara -- there were only a handful of girls named Ama in the US in a recent year.

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Famous People Named Ama

Ama Benyiwa-Doe (born Comfort Saah), Ghanaian politician
Nana Ama McBrown (born Felicity Ama Agyemang), Ghanaian actress
Shola Ama (born Mathurin Campbell), English R&B singer

Pop Culture References for the name Ama

Ama (born Nandzi), main character in "Ama: A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade" by Manu Herbstein
Jaal Ama Darav, character in the game "Mass Effect: Andromeda"


pam Says:


Yes! Sorry we didn't see this earlier.

Yara Says:


Can Nameberry please update the description to add that this is also a Akan (people of Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire) name that means "born on a Saturday"?

emsky Says:


Ama is also a day name in Ghanaian (Akan) culture, meaning "born on Saturday" (girl). I spent several months there and went by this name since i was born on a Saturday. It felt just right too, since my name in Spanish class in school was always Amalia. Anyway, I think an Ama would fit in well in the US. :)