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Girl Names from Africa

African names for baby girls hail from all around the continent and offer an exotic yet usable complement of choices. While these are some of our favorites, for even more African baby girl names, go to Supersearch and search by origin.

  • Abena

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    This name from the Akan language of what is now Ghana in West Africa is eminently importable to our Western culture.Read More 

  • Afia

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    This variant of the more-difficult Afua, from the Akan language of what is now Ghana in West Africa, is a traditional "day name" that can make a perfectly pretty modern choice.Read More 

  • Ama

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    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... Read More 

  • Amadi

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    Though this is traditionally a male name, it can work for a girl in our culture. Might also be considered a short form of the Italian Amadea.Read More 

  • Amara

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    Strong, attractive, and stylish, Amara is a true multicultural choice enjoying some popularity in both the US and the UK. The two meanings we list are the best-known, but Amara is also a Sanskrit... Read More 

  • Bayo

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    Conjures up a Harry Belafonte-ish calypso beat. Read More 

  • Behati

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    Namibian supermodel Behati Prinsloo, who has walked the runway for every designer from Prada to Versace to Vera Wang, has introduced us to this Afrikaans version of Beate or Beatrice, a rhythmic... Read More 

  • Chioma

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    Beautiful West African name that could appeal across cultures.Read More 

  • Desta

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    An Ethiopian name that means "joy."Read More 

  • Ebele

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    Igbo name made more familiar by its relationship to the popular Belle and Bella.Read More 

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