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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 Modern Hero Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rate the Previous Signature!".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Mandela

Mandela Barnes, American politician from Wisconsin
Mandela Van Peebles (b. 1994), American actor; son of director Mario Van Peebles
Zion Mandela Samuelsson (b. 2014), son of celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson
Nelson Mandela, 1st President of South Africa, anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist

Pop Culture References for the name Mandela

The Mandela Effect, an alternate-universe theory named after Nelson Mandela


SimoneKadele Says:


I know a little boy with this name. :)

KiwiMarie Says:


This would also be beautiful for a girl.