If the spirit world possesses nothing else, it has at least the power of its name. —Ghana (Ashanti)
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|BIBLICAL NAME||AFRICAN NAME||PRONUNCIATION||MEANING||ORIGIN||GENDER|
|AARON (mountain of strength, shining light.)||KHANYISA |
|Bring forth light. |
|ADAM (man, earth)||NDODA |
|The man. |
|Azania (Xhosa) |
West Africa (Hausa)
|DANIEL (God is my judge.)||CHIMAOBI |
|God knows the heart. |
Humans cannot play God.
God says or decides.
|EMMA (God with us.)||NATHI||NAH-tee||The Lord is with us.||Azania||M|
|EVE (Life, life-giver.)||ASHA |
|East Africa (Kiswahili) |
|EZEKIEL (God will strengthen.)||IKECHI||ee-KEH-chee||God’s strength.||Nigeria (Igbo)||M|
|HANNAH (Favored, grace.)||NEEMA |
Grace of God.
|ISAIAH (Salvation of God.)||CHIDEBE |
|God saves. |
|JACOB (To follow, to succeed.)||MALANDELA |
|The follower. |
Teach me to follow the right path of God.
|Azania (Zulu) |
|JEREMIAH (Raised up or appointed by God.)||MANZILI||MAHN-zee-lee||Sent by God.||Kenya, Tanzania (Kiswahili)||M|
|JOHN (Gracious gift of God.)||NEO||NEE-oh||Act of God; free gift.||Azania (Sotho)||M|
|JOSHUA (God is my salvation.)||ISSA||ee-SAH||God is our salvation.||East Africa (Kiswahili)||M|
|LUKE (Bringer of light, morning.)||ADDAE||ah-DAH-eh||Morning sun.||Ghana (Akan)||M|
|MARK (Hammer, warlike, of Mars.)||FELA||feh-leh||Warlike.||Nigeria||M|
|MARTHA (Royal lady.)||MALIA||MAH-lee-ah||Queen.||East Africa (Kiswahili)||F|
|MARY (Rebellion, overthrow.)||KUBA||KOO-bah||Rebellion.||Azania (Zulu)||F|
|MATTHEW (Gift of God.)||NONI||noh-nee||Gift of God.||West Africa||F|
|PAUL (Small, humble.)||THOBA||TOH-bah||Be humble.||Azania (Xhosa)||M|
|RUTH (Friend.)||RAFIKI |
|Trusted friend. |
The friendly one.
|SAMUEL (God hears.)||SESE||SEH-seh||God hears; God has heard.||Ghana|
|SOPHIA (Wise, sagacious.)||NIMI||NEE-mee||Wisdom.||Nigeria|
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