One of the most exciting parts of expecting a baby is choosing your child’s name! If you are pregnant or adopting and considering an African baby name, you’re in the right place! Some parents choose to honor their family heritage with their baby’s name. Do you or your partner have any African roots?
There are many beautiful African baby names with equally beautiful meanings to choose from. Some African names are Swahili; some are Egyptian; and a few are Arabic, Hebrew, Ethiopian, or Somali in origin. The majority of these baby names are from Eastern, Southern, or Western African, but a few are from Northern Africa too.
African Baby Names
African Baby Names for Girls
Are you a Disney fan? You might like Nala, of The Lion King fame, which means “us.”
History buff? You might consider Cleopatra, as in Cleopatra VII, which means “glory of the father.”
Like geography? You might like Kenya, the name of a country and mountain in East Africa, which means “striped one or the mountain of whiteness” because of its snow-capped peak.
Do you love nature and the outdoors? You might consider Abeba, which means “flower,” or Aberash, which means “giving off light, shining.”
Maybe you want to choose a religious name for your daughter? You might like Ayaan, which means “gift of God, good luck;” or Chidinma, which means “God is good;” or Imani, which means “faith;” Masego, which means “blessings;” or Sharik, which means “God’s child or one on whom the sun shines.” Or you might consider Onika, which means, “Who is greater than God?”
Want something elegant for your little girl? Try Adamma, which means “beautiful child;” Amara, which means “grace, mercy, kindness;” Anika, which means “sweet-faced;” Mandisa, which means “sweet;” Nia, which means “purpose;” Zola, which means “calm;” or Zuri, which means “beautiful.” Or you might like Jahzara, which means “blessed princess.”
If your baby girl is born on a specific day of the week or during a certain season, you might consider Aba, which means “born on Thursday;” Abidemi, which means “born during father’s absence;” or Abiona, which means “born during a journey.”
And if this is your first baby girl, you might like Ada, which means “first daughter.”
Here are a few of the most popular African baby girl names in alphabetical order:
Popular African Baby Names for Girls
African Baby Names for Boys
Do you love nature? You might like Kamari, which means “moon,” or Tau, which means “lion.” Or you might like Cowry, which means “cowrie shell.”
Geography lover? You might consider Kibo, the highest peak in Africa on Mount Kilimanjaro, which means “from the highest mountain peak,” or Zaire, the former name of a country in sub-Saharan Africa (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), which means “person from Zaire, river.”
Political junkie? You might like Obama, like former President Barack Obama, which means “crooked, somewhat bent.”
Maybe you want to choose a religious name for your son? You might consider Abdalla, which means “servant of Allah;” Chima, which means “God knows;” Ike, which means “God will laugh, God laughed;” Imamu, which means “spiritual leader;” Nnamdi, which means “my God is alive;” or Yuusuf, which means “God increases.”
Or you might consider Osiris, as in the Egyptian god of fertility, agriculture, the afterlife, the dead, resurrection, life, and vegetation, which means “God of the Dead or with strong eyesight.”
Want to give your son a name worthy of a warrior? Consider Amari, which means “possesses great strength,” or Diallo, which means “bold.”
If your baby boy is born during a certain season, you might consider Abiodun, which means “born during war,” or Abiola, which means “born during a festival.”
Here are a few of the most popular African baby boy names in alphabetical order:
Popular African Baby Names for Boys