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African names. African male and female names

Abel -  In the bible, this is the name of the second son of Adam and Eve who was killed by his jealous brother Cain. Anglicized form of Greek Habel, meaning "vanity," i.e. "transitory." 
Abena - African Akan name meaning "born on Tuesday."
Abeni - African Yoruba name meaning "we asked for her and we got her."
Abimbola - African Yoruba name meaning"born to wealth."
Abioye - African Yoruba name meaning "borninto royalty."
Abrafo - African Ghanaian name meaning "warrior" or "executioner." Originally, it was a byname for a troublemaker or someone who is hyper.
Achieng - Feminine form of African Luo Ochieng, meaning "born when the sun shines."
Adede - African Luo name meaning "grasshopper."
Adegoke - African Yoruba name meaning "thecrown has been exalted."
Adeola - African Nigerian namemeaning "crown of honor." 
Adetokunbo - African Yoruba name meaning"the crown came from over the sea." 
Adhiambo - Feminine form of African Luo Odhiambo, meaning "born in the evening."
Adisa - African Yoruba name meaning "onewho is clear."
Adjoa - Variant spelling of African Akan Adwoa, meaning "born on Monday."
Adongo - African Luo name meaning "second born of twins."
Adwoa - African Akan name, meaning "born on Monday."
Affrica - Variant spelling of English Africa, meaning "land of the Afri."
Afia - Variant spelling of African Akan Afua, meaning "born on Friday."
Afolabi - African Yoruba name meaning "borninto wealth."
Akello - African Luo name meaning "born after twins."
Akinyi - African Luo name meaning "born in the morning."
Akoko - African Luo name meaning "noise-maker."
Akosua - African Akan name meaning "born on Sunday."
Akua - African Akan name meaning "born on Wednesday."
Alaba - African Yoruba name meaning "second child born after twins."
Alpha - English unisex name derived from the first letter of the Greek alphabet.
Amadi - African Igbo name meaning "rejoicing."
Amaka - Short form of African Igbo Chiamaka, meaning "God is beautiful."
Amara -   African Igbo name meaning "grace."
Anan - African Akan unisex name meaning"fourth born child." Compare with strictly masculine Anan.
Anyim - African Luo name meaning "sesame."
Apio - African Luo name meaning "first born of twins."
Apiyo - Variant spelling of African Luo Apio, meaning "first born of twins."
Apunda - African Luo name meaning "donkey."
Arapmoi - African Nandi name meaning "son of war."
Arjana - Feminine form of Albanian Arjan, meaning "golden life."
Ashanti - African American name derived from a region of present-day Ghana once known as the Gold Coast where many slaves came from. It is also the name of the ethnic group of people who live there.
Atieno - Feminine form of African Luo Otieno, meaning "born at night."
Atsu - Egyptian name meaning "twin."
Awiti - African Luo name meaning "thrown away." Possibly a name that was given to babies who were miscarried or stillborn.
Awotwi - African Akan unisex name meaning "born eighth."
Ayo - African Yoruba unisex name meaning "joy." 
Ayodele - African Yoruba unisex name meaning "joy has come home."
Ayokunle - African Yoruba name meaning "joy has filled the home."
Ayoo - African Luo name meaning "born on the path."
Ayotunde - African Yoruba unisex name meaning "joy has returned."
Azubuike - African Igbo name meaning "your back/past is your strength."
Baako - African Akan unisex name meaning "born first."
Babajide - African Yoruba name meaning "father has come to life again."
Babatunde - African Yoruba name meaning "father has returned."
Babirye - African Luganda name meaning "first-born of twins."
Bahati -  African Swahili word and namemeaning "luck; good fortune."
Bamidele - African Yoruba name meaning "follow me home."
Bapoto - African Zezuru name meaning "born amidst noise/quarreling."
Baraka - Egyptian name meaning "blessing; gift."
Barasa - African Luyia name meaning "born on Saturday."
Bbwaddene - African Ganda name meaning "large dog."
Bhekizitha - African Zulu name meaning "he watches out for enemies."
Blessing - Old English name meaning"consecration."
Bohlale - African Sotho name meaning "wisdom."
Boipelo - African Tswana unisex name meaning "proud."
Boipuso - African Sotho name meaning "freedom; independence."
Boitumelo - African Tswana unisex name meaning "joy."
Bolade - African Yoruba name meaning "thecoming of honor."
Bolanile - African Yoruba name meaning"the riches of this house."
Bongani - African Zulu name meaning "grateful."
Bujune - African Nyoro name meaning "sorrow." This name is sometimes given to a child born during time of sorrow.
Butannaziba - African Ganda name meaning "before the night."
Buziba - African Ganda name meaning "deep water; open water."
Candace - Latin form of Greek Kandake, which is of foreign origin, meaning "prince of servants." In Acts 8:27 of the New Testament bible, a queen of Ethiopia is referred to by this name. But it was not actually a personal name, but the name of a dynasty of Ethiopian queens. 
Candis - English variant spelling of Latin Candace, meaning "prince of servants."
Célestine - Feminine form of French Célestin, meaning "heavenly."
Cetshwayo - African Zulu name meaning "the slandered one."
Chakide - African Zulu name meaning "weasel." 
Chiamaka - African Igbo name meaning "God is beautiful."
Chibueze - African Igbo unisex name meaning "God is the king."
Chibuzo - African Igbo unisex name meaning "God is the leader."
Chidiebere - African Igbo unisex name meaning "God is merciful."
Chidimma - African Igbo name meaning "God is wonderful."
Chidubem - African Igbo name meaning "guided by God."
Chiemeka - African Igbo name meaning "God has performed great deeds."
Chieng - African Luo name meaning "creator," "daylight," and "god."
Chigaru - Egyptian name meaning "hound."
Chinaza - African Igbo name meaning "God answers."
Chinedu - African Igbo unisex name meaning "God leads."
Chinwe - African Igbo unisex name meaning "God owns."
Chinwendu - African Igbo unisex name meaning "God owns life."
Chioma - African Igbo name meaning "God is great."
Chipo - African Shona name meaning "gift."
Chizoba - African Igbo unisex name meaning "God protect us."
Dambudzo - African Zulu name given to a child born during troubled times, meaning "trouble."
Dayo - African Yoruba unisex name meaning "joy arrives."
Dede - African Luo unisex name meaning "grasshopper, locust."
Dikeledi - African Tswana name meaning "tears."
Dubaku - African Akan unisex name meaning "eleventh born child."
Ebele - African Igbo name meaning "kind, merciful."
Efua - Variant spelling of African Akan Afua, meaning "born on Friday."
Ekua - Variant spelling of African Akan Akua, meaning "born on Wednesday."
Ekundayo - African Yoruba unisex name meaning "sorrow becomes joy."
Eniola - African Yoruba unisex name meaning "wealthy."
Enitan - African Yoruba name meaning "a person of story; renowned."
Enu - African Akan unisex name meaning "fifth born."
Eshe - African Swahili name meaning "life."
Farai - African Shona name meaning "rejoice."
Femi - Egyptian name meaning "love."
Folami - African Yoruba name meaning "respect and honor me."
Fumbe - African Ganda name meaning "civet cat."
Fumnanya - African Igbo name meaning "love me."
Funanya - African Igbo name meaning "love."
Furaha - African Swahili name meaning "happiness."
Gbemisola - African Yoruba name meaning "carry me into wealth."
Gugu - African Zulu name meaning "treasure."
Hadiya - Variant spelling of Arabic Hadiyya, meaning "gift." 
Hadiyya - Arabic name meaning "gift."
Hlengiwe - African Zulu name meaning "rescued."
Idowu - African Yoruba unisex name meaning "born after twins."
Ife - Egyptian name meaning "love."
Jayde - Elaborated feminine form of English unisex Jade, meaning "jade."
Jumaane - African Swahili name meaning "born on Tuesday."
Kagiso - African Tswana name meaning "peace."
Kalisha - Modern English creation that is an elaborated form either of Lisha (a short form of longer names ending with -isha) or Alisha ("noble sort").
Kamaria - African Swahili name meaning "like the moon."
Katlego - African Tswana unisex name meaning "success."
Kató - Pet form of Hungarian Katalin, meaning "pure."
Kayode - African Yoruba name meaning "he brought joy."
Kgosi - African Tswana name meaning "chief, king."
Khamisi - African Swahili name meaning "born on Thursday."
Kibwe - African Swahili name meaning "blessed."
Kirabo - African Lugandan unisex name meaning "gift."
Kobe - African Swahili name meaning "tortoise."
Kobina - Variant spelling of African Akan Kwabena, meaning "born on Tuesday."
Kofi - African Akan name meaning "born on Friday."
Kojo - Variant form of African Akan Kwadwo, meaning "born on Monday."
Kunto - African Akan name meaning "third child."
Kwabena - African Akan name meaning "born on Tuesday."
Kwadwo - African Akan name meaning "born on Monday."
Kwaku - Variant spelling of African Akan Kweku, meaning "born on Wednesday."
Kwame - African Akan name meaning "born on Saturday."
Kwasi - Variant spelling of African Akan Kwesi, meaning "born on Sunday."
Kweku - African Akan name meaning "born on Wednesday."
Kwesi - African Akan name meaning "born on Sunday."
Lesedi - African Tswana name meaning "light."
Lindiwe - African Zulu name meaning "have waited."
Lungile - African Zulu name meaning "the good one."
Lusala - AfricanKenyan name meaning "whip."
Makeda - Variant spelling of English Makkedah, meaning "place of shepherds." 
Makena - African Kikuyu name meaning "happy one."
Malaika - Arabic name meaning "angels."
Manyara - African Shona name meaning "you have been humbled."
Masego - African Tswana name meaning "blessings."
Masika - Egyptian name meaning "born during rain."
Masozi - African Tumbuka unisex name meaning "tears."
Matata - African Swahili name meaning "causes worry; troublemaker."
Mchumba - African Swahili name meaning "sweetheart."
Melisizwe - African Xhosa name meaning "leader of the nation."
Mirembe - African Luganda name meaning "peace."
Mojisola - African Yoruba name meaning "wake up to wealth."
Monifa -   African Yoruba name meaning "I am lucky."
Mosi - African Swahili name meaning "first born child."
Mudiwa - African Shona unisex name meaning "beloved."
Mwanajuma - African Swahili name meaning "born on Friday."
Mwenye - African Swahili name meaning "lord, owner."
Nakato - African Luganda name meaning "second born of twins."
Ndidi - African Igbo unisex name meaning "patience."
Neo - African Tswana unisex name meaning "gift." Compare with strictly masculine Neo.
Ngozi - African Igbo unisex name meaning "blessing."
Nia - African Swahili name meaning "purpose."
Nkechi - African Igbo name meaning "God gave me a blessing."
Nkemdilim - African Igbo unisex name meaning "forever mine."
Nkiruka - African Igbo name meaning "the best is still to come."
Nkosana - African Xhosa name meaning "prince."
Nkosazana - African Xhosa name meaning "princess."
Nkruma - African Akan unisex name meaning "ninth born."
Nnamdi - African Igbo name meaning "my father is alive." This name is usually given to baby boys who resemble their deceased grandfather.
Noah - Anglicized form of Greek Noe (Hebrew Noach), meaning "rest." In the bible, this is the name of the last antediluvian patriarch, the main character of the flood story. Compare with feminine Noah.
Nomusa - African Ndebele name meaning "merciful."
Nosizwe - African Xhosa name meaning "mother of the nation."
Nsia - African Akan unisex name meaning "sixth born child."
Nsonowa - African Akan unisex name meaning "seventh born child."
Nthanda - African Tumbuka unisex name meaning "star."
Ntombi - African Zulu name meaning "lady."
Nubia - From the African country name, itself possibly from the Egyptian word nbw, meaning "gold."
Nyah - Variant spelling of African Swahili Nia, meaning "purpose."
Obi - African Igbo name meaning "heart."
Ochieng - African Luo name, meaning "born when the sun shines."
Odhiambo - African Luo name meaning "born in the evening."
Olabisi - Egyptian name meaning "brings joy."
Olamide - African Yoruba name meaning "wealth has arrived."
Olanrewaju - African Yoruba name meaning "my wealth is the future."
Olayinka - African Yoruba name meaning "wealth surrounds me."
Olufemi - Egyptian name meaning "beloved of the gods."
Olufunmilayo - African Yoruba name meaning "God gave me joy."
Olufunmilola - African Yoruba name meaning "God gives me wealth."
Olujimi - African Yoruba name meaning "given by God."
Olukayode - African Yoruba name meaning "God brings happiness."
Olumide - African Yoruba name meaning "God arrives."
Oluwafunmilayo - Variant spelling of African Yoruba Olufunmilayo, meaning "God gave me joy."
Oluwasegun - African Yoruba name meaning "God has been victorious."
Oluwaseun - African Yoruba name meaning "we thank God."
Oluwaseyi - African Yoruba unisex name meaning "God made this."
Oluwatoyin - African Yoruba unisex name meaning "God is worthy to be praised."
Oni -   African Yoruba name meaning "born in a sacred abode."
Onyeka - Feminine short form of African Igbo unisex Onyekachukwu, meaning "who is greater than God?"
Onyekachukwu - African Igbo unisex name meaning "who is greater than God?"
Opeyemi - African Yoruba name meaning "I should give praise."
Osumare - African Yorubaname meaning "rainbow."
Otieno - African Luo name meaning "born at night."
Paki - African Xhosa and Egyptian name meaning "witness."
Patience - A Christian virtue name, derived from the English vocabulary word, patience, from Latin pati, meaning "to suffer." The Puritans considered it virtuous "to suffer" misfortune and persecution without complaint or loss of faith. 
Pauline - French form of Latin Paulina, meaning "small."
Penina - Anglicized form of Hebrew Peninnah, meaning "coral" or "pearl." 
Qhikiza - African Zulu name meaning "full-grown girl."
Qinisela - African Zulu name meaning "persevere."
Quanda - Old English name meaning "companion."
Racheal - Variant spelling of English Rachel, meaning "ewe."
Refilwe - African Tswana unisex name meaning "we were given."
Rehema - Egyptian name meaning "compassionate."
Reuben - Anglicized form of Greek Rhouben (Hebrew Reuwben), meaning "behold, a son!" In the bible, this is the name of the eldest son of Jacob and Leah.
Rudo - African Shona unisex name meaning "love."
Rufaro - African Shona name meaning "happiness."
Rumbidzai - African Shona name meaning "praise."
Rutendo - African Shona unisex name meaning "faith."
Saalinge - African Bantu name meaning "I do not spy out."
Salina - Variant spelling of English Selina, possibly meaning "moon."
Sam - Unisex short form of English Samantha and Samuel, both meaning "heard of God," "his name is El," or "name of God."
Samanya - African Bantu unisex name meaning "the unknown one."
Sámuel - Hungarian form of Greek Samouel, meaning "heard of God," "his name is El," or "name of God."
Sango - Japanese name meaning "coral."
Sethunya - African Tswana name meaning "bloom, flower."
Shanika - Elaborated form of English Shan, meaning "God is gracious."
Sheena - Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Síne, meaning "God is gracious."
Shukura - Egyptian name meaning "grateful."
Sibonakaliso - African Zulu name meaning "sign."
Simba - African Swahili name meaning "lion."
Simisola - African Yoruba name meaning "rest in wealth."
Sipho - African Xhosa name meaning "gift."
Sithembile - African Zulu unisex name meaning "we trust."
Sizwe - African Xhosa name meaning "nation."
Ssanyu - African Luganda name meaning "joy."
Subira - African Swahili and Egyptian name meaning "patient."
Sylvia - Variant spelling of Roman Latin Silvia, meaning "from the forest."
Tafadzwa - African Shona unisex name meaning "we are pleased."
Tafari - African Ethiopian name, possibly meaning "awe-inspiring."
Tameka - Variant spelling of English Tamika, possibly meaning "friendly."
Tamela - Modern English name which is possibly a blend of Tammy "palm tree" and Pamela "all honey."
Tamika - Modern English name, possibly based on Esperanto Amika, meaning "friendly." 
Taonga - African Tumbuka unisex name meaning "we are thankful."
Tapiwa - African Shona name meaning "given."
Tatenda - African Shona unisex name meaning "thank you."
Tau - African Tswana and Egyptian name meaning "lion."
Temitope - African Yoruba name meaning "enough to give thanks."
Tendai - African Shona name meaning "be thankful."
Thabo - African Tswana name meaning "joy."
Themba - African Zulu unisex name meaning "trust."
Tichaona - African Shona name meaning "we will see."
Tinashe - African Shona unisex name meaning "God is with us." 
Totit - From the Ethiopian word for a "female monkey."
Tse - Native American Navajo name meaning "rock."
Tsholofelo - African Tswana name meaning "hope."
Udo - African Igbo unisex name meaning "peace." Compare with strictly masculine Udo.
Unathi - African Xhosa unisex name meaning "God is with us."
Uzoma - African Igbo unisex name meaning "follow the right road."
Wasswa - African Luganda name meaning "first born of twins."
Wekesa - African Bantu name meaning "born during harvest."
Worknesh - African Amharic name meaning "you are like gold."
Yejide - African Yoruba name meaning "imageof the mother."
Yewande - African Yoruba name meaning"mother has returned."
Zola -  African Zulu name meaning "tranquil." 
Zuberi - African Swahili and Egyptian name meaning "strong."

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