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Gender: M Origin of Mandela: African surname

The name Mandela is a boy's name of African origin. Mandela and is often added to user-created lists like Not gender neutral... Yet and discussed in our forums with posts like "Release the 20 T.I.G.E.R.S. -- the anti-elimination game! (BOYS)".

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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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Famous People Named Mandela

Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist
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

Pop Culture References for the name Mandela

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