Gender: Male Origin of Mandela: African surname

The name Mandela is a boy's name of African origin. Mandela and is often added to lists like Boy Names from Africa and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rate the Previous Signature!".

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An African family name ripe for adoption in honor of Nelson Mandela, the South African activist imprisoned for almost thirty years for his antiapartheid activities.

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SimoneKadele Says:


I know a little boy with this name. :)

KiwiMarie Says:


This would also be beautiful for a girl.