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African Boy Names

  1. JengoHeart
    • Origin:

      African, Swahili
    • Meaning:

      "building"
    • Description:

      Jengo is pronounced like Django, best known to Americans as the first name of the hero of Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained.
  2. EnitanHeart
    • Origin:

      Yoruba
    • Meaning:

      "person of story"
    • Description:

      Enitan's origins are in the Yoruba language of Southwestern Nigeria. It has a lovely meaning, referring to a person of notoriety.
  3. IzemHeart
    • Origin:

      Berber
    • Meaning:

      "lion"
  4. JatauHeart
    • Origin:

      Hausa
    • Meaning:

      "light, fair"
  5. LishanHeart
    • Origin:

      Amharic
    • Meaning:

      "award"
    • Description:

      A winning choice for a son.
  6. ThembaHeart
    • Origin:

      Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele
    • Meaning:

      "trust, hope"
    • Description:

      Themba is a common male name in southern African countries such as Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Eswatini.
  7. UzochiHeart
    • Origin:

      Igbo
    • Meaning:

      "God's way"
    • Description:

      We're always looking for cool new U names (it's the least common initial for first names!) and Uzochi is our latest favorite find. It's an Igbo name derived from the components uzo, meaning "road" or "way," and Chi, referring to God. Uzochi is most frequently used in Nigeria.
  8. DumiHeart
    • Origin:

      African
    • Meaning:

      "praise"
    • Description:

      Short form of Dumisani
  9. LenchoHeart
    • Origin:

      Oromo
    • Meaning:

      "lion"
    • Description:

      Fierce choice from the Oromo culture of Ethiopia.
  10. MasoziHeart
    • Origin:

      Tumbuka
    • Meaning:

      "tears"
    • Description:

      A sonorous, if mournful, name from the Tumbuka language of Malawi and Zambia.
  11. TatendaHeart
    • Origin:

      Shona
    • Meaning:

      "thank you"
    • Description:

      A unisex Shona name most closely associated with Tatenda Taibu, captain of the Zimbabwean cricket team.
  12. ChibuikeHeart
    • Origin:

      Igbo
    • Meaning:

      "God is strength"
    • Description:

      In Nigeria, Chibuike is seen as a surname as well as a given name for both girls and boys. John Chibuike is a notable Nigerian footballer.
  13. OkoroHeart
    • Origin:

      Urhobo
    • Meaning:

      "man"
    • Description:

      A traditional name in southern Nigeria.
  14. ThaboHeart
    • Origin:

      Tswana
    • Meaning:

      "joy"
  15. BekeleHeart
    • Origin:

      Amharic
    • Meaning:

      "growing"
    • Description:

      Bekele is an attractive Ethiopian name prime for use in the English-speaking world, especially given the short form Bek. Pronunciation is three syllables with the emphasis on the second -- beh-KEH-lee.
  16. SefuHeart
    • Origin:

      Swahili from Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "sword"
    • Description:

      Sefu derives from the Arabic word sayf, meaning sword.
  17. TarikuHeart
    • Origin:

      Amharic
    • Meaning:

      "his story"
    • Description:

      Tariku is a traditional Ethiopian name as well as that of a river in Indonesia.
  18. OyiboHeart
    • Origin:

      Urhobo
    • Meaning:

      "white"
  19. RutendoHeart
    • Origin:

      Shona
    • Meaning:

      "faith"
    • Description:

      Rutendo is a unisex name used in southern Africa, particularly Zimbabwe. It is used more often among baby girls.
  20. UnathiHeart
    • Origin:

      Xhosa
    • Meaning:

      "God is with us"
    • Description:

      A unisex Xhosa name used in South Africa.