Animal and Creature Names

Every animal knows how to suckle its baby. —Kenya (Agikuyu)


Enjoy these names for animals and creatures. If you don’t discover a name that you like, our site does have a list of names for dogs.  If you still don’t discover a name you like, please review the 5,508 names in The African Book of Names or try our African Name Generator. Much like The African Book of Names, takes a unique approach to names by focusing on meaning while still working to maintain the integrity of sound, region, and gender distinction (where applicable).  However, please do not accept meanings as exclusive or absolute. Where there are errors in meaning, no disrespect is intended.  Names have been researched to the best of our competence.


AKASI (ah-KAH-see). Horse. Nigeria (Ishan)
AVU (AH-voo). Dove. Azania (Xhosa)
AZINZA (ah-ZEEN-zah). Mermaid. Togo (Mina)
BATTE (bah-teh). Elephant. Uganda (Luganda) (M)
BETOTO (beh-TOH-toh). Owl. Azania (Sotho)
CHANDU (CHAHN-doo). Octopus. Kiswahili
COYAH (koh-yah). Snake. Guinea
DANGALA (dahn-GAH-lah). Baboon. Azania (Zulu)
DUDU (DOO-doo). Insect. Kiswahili
FEZELA (feh-ZEH-lah). Scorpion. Azania (Nguni)
FINYEZI (feen-YEH-zee). Firefly. Azania (Zulu)
FIRIFIROO (fee-ree-fee-roh). Butterfly. Gambia (Mandinka)
FUDU (FOO-doo). Tortoise. Azania (Zulu)
GAMKA (GAHM-kah). Lions. Azania (Khoikhoin)
GATARE (gah-tah-reh). Small lion. Rwanda, Burundi(M)
GIWA (GEE-wah). Elephant. West Africa (Hausa)
GOYA (goh-yah). Wild cat. Southern Africa (Tsonga)
IMFEZI (ee-FEH-zee). Cobra. West Africa (Yoruba)
INAMA (ee-NAH-mah). Wild animals. Zambia (Bemba)
INGWE (eeng-weh). Leopard. Azania (Zulu)
KADA (KAH-dah). Crocodile. West Africa (Hausa)
KAKEMBO (kah-kehm-boh). Small monkey. Uganda (Ganda) (M)
KAMBUJI (kahm-BOO-jee). Goat. Malawi (Ngoni) (M)
KAMPOGO (kahm-poh-goh). Antelope. Rwanda, Burundi
KANONI (kah-NOH-nee). Little bird. Tanzania (Ulaya) (F)
KASUKU (kah-SOO-koo). Parrot. Kiswahili
KHOLA (KOH-lah). Deer. Kiswahili (F)
KINYONGA (keen-YOHN-gah). Chameleon. Kiswahili
KOLA (KOH-lah). Snail. Tanzania
KWENA (KWEH-nah). Crocodile. Azania (North Sotho)
LENCHO (LEHN-choh). Lion. Ethiopia, Kenya (Oromo) (M)
MUTENITENI (moo-TEH-nee- TEH-nee). Firefly. DRC (F)
NGOMBE (n-GOHM-beh). Cow. Malawi (Yao) (M)
NGUNI (n-GOON-nee). Honey bird. Zambia (Bemba)
NJAGI (n-JAH-gee). Zebra. Kenya
NJOFU (ndjh-oh-foo). Elephant. Tanzania (Chaga) (M)
NKUKU (n-koo-koo). Rooster. Malawi (Yao) (M)
NSOMBA (n-SOHM-bah). Fish. Malawi (Yao) (M)
ONI (OH-nee). Bird. Azania (Nguni)
PAA (PAH). Gazelle. Kiswahili
PAKA (PAH-kah). Cat. Kiswahili
PANYA (PAHN-yah). Mouse. Kiswahili
POPO (POH-poh). Butterfly. Kiswahili
SEMPALA (ssehm-pah-lah). An antelope. Uganda (Ganda) (M)
SENGO (ssehn-goh). Leopard. Uganda (Ganda) (M)
SENKIMA (ssehn-tch-ee-mah). Monkey. Uganda (Ganda) (M)
SENTASHYA (sehn-TAH-shah). Sparrow. Rwanda, Burundi (M)
SIRI (SEE-ree). Tiger. Nigeria
SULUWO (soo-LOO-woh). Wolf. Gambia
SUNDIATA (soon-dee-AH-tah). Hungry lion. Guinea (M)
TAUSI (tah-OO-see). Peacock. Kiswahili (F)
THETHE (teh-teh). Grasshopper. Azania (Nguni)
THUTIWA (too-tee-wah). Giraffe. Azania (Sotho)
TLOWANA (ttloh-wah-nah). Little elephant. Azania (Sotho)
TOLI (TOH-lee). A sparrow. West Africa (F)
TWIGA (twee-gah). Giraffe. Kiswahili
UFUDO (oo-FOO-doh). Tortoise. Azania (Nguni)
UGO (OO-goh). Eagle. Nigeria (Igbo) (M)
XOXO (TSOH-tsoh). Frog. Azania (Nguni)
YOLA (YOH-lah). Firefly. Nigeria (Hausa) (F)
ZAKI (ZAH-kee). Lion. West Africa (Hausa)

Do you have ANIMAL and/or CREATURE names to share?  If so, please share those names in the comments section.


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  1. Me again!! This list is a bit better! But what the heck is AZANIA?!
    I had to Google it!! LOL! There is no country called Azania! If anything, this was used in 19th or whatever century to refer to specific areas in Africa that Romans used to do trade with.
    I’m not expert….but the origin of a name can’t be “Azania” and be “Zulu”. Zulu is spoken in the South – in South Africa and Azania was supposedly in north-eastern parts of Africa!
    Again – we all learn something new everyday! 🙂

    • Jean Boncarrier

      AZANIA = South Africa

    • Azania is a name some individuals and groups use to refer to South Africa. The origin of a name can include a country and an ethnic group. Zulus are just one of the groups of people in the country formally named South Africa. When sharing names, I tried to share country and group. And, in some cases, the name crosses countries and/or ethnic groups. Hope this helps.

  2. Azania means in our language *madness*

  3. Kingsley Jaja Ohiaeri

    Agwo”Ah-gwor” means Snake
    Ebule”Eh-Bule” Ram
    Nkita”N-Kitaa” Dog

    • You are so kind to share names with us. I love the variety. We have not updated in a while, but I hope to get these up very soon.

  4. Very good initiative! I waslooking for some thing like this. it will help to get the big picture of african linguistic unity. Find here some animals name in KAKO (Cameroon, Centrafrica…):
    1. Ngwey = N’gwei = Panther
    2. None = NO’n = Bird
    3. Nyamo = Gna-MOh = Animal
    4. Mbiyé = mb’YE = Dog
    5. Njoku = nJO-Ku = Elephant
    6. Taboh = Tab’Oh = Goat
    7. Nguileh = n’Gi-lè = Gorilla
    8. Kubeh = KU-b’è = Hen, Chiken
    9. Nguru = n’GU-ru = Tortoise
    10. kossu = KO-su = Parrot
    11. Nguemoh = NG’é-moh = Monkey
    12. Ngonju = n’goo-n’ju = feline
    13. Kwereh = ku-è-rè = Giraffe
    14. Ngando = n’GA-n’do = Crocodile
    15. Mbongo = m’BOO-n’goo = Zebra

  5. Hello everyone,

    Please, can anyone provide the names of these animals in ibo language (Nigeria)
    Monitor Lizard

    • In Igbo:
      Lion : Agu (Awolor in some Delta Igbo dialects)

      Monkey: Enwe
      Baboon : Adaka
      Crocodile: Agu Iyi
      Horse : Anyinya
      Camel: Anyinya IBU
      Porcupine: Ebinta
      Python: Eke
      Antelope: Mgbada
      Monitor Lizard: Olubulu

      P:S — It is possible that I might have given basically names from less popular dialects of Igbo language,but I assure readers that I have tried my best to make this as accurate as possible,especially judging by the nature of the Igbo language with its many dialects and the lingering argument over which is the universal Igbo dialect.

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