Biblical Names

If the spirit world possesses nothing else, it has at least the power of its name. —Ghana (Ashanti)

Enjoy this list of African alternatives for Biblical names. If you 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, AfrikanNames.com 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.

BIBLICAL NAMEAFRICAN NAMEPRONUNCIATIONMEANINGORIGINGENDER
AARON (mountain of strength, shining light.)KHANYISA
CHIONESU
KAHN-YEE-sah
chee-oh-NEH-soo
Bring forth light.
Guiding light.
Azania (Xhosa)
Zimbabwe (Shona)
M
M
ADAM (man, earth)NDODA
NAMIJI
n-DOH-dah
nah-MEE-jee
The man.
Male, masculine.
Azania (Xhosa)
West Africa (Hausa)
M
M
DANIEL (God is my judge.)CHIMAOBI
ONYECHI
OSAWE
chee-mah-OH-bee
ohn-yeh-chee
oh-SAH-weh
God knows the heart.
Humans cannot play God.
God says or decides.
Nigeria (Igbo)
Nigeria
Nigeria (Edo)
M
EMMA (God with us.)NATHI NAH-tee The Lord is with us. Azania M
EVE (Life, life-giver.)ASHA
MAISHA
AH-shah
mah-EE-shah
Life.
Life.
East Africa (Kiswahili)
Kenya, Tanzania
F
F
EZEKIEL (God will strengthen.)IKECHI ee-KEH-chee God’s strength. Nigeria (Igbo) M
HANNAH (Favored, grace.)NEEMA
NYASHA
neh-EH-mah
neejh-ah-tch-ah
Grace.
Grace of God.
Kiswahili
Zimbabwe, Mozambique,
Zambia (Shona)
ISAIAH (Salvation of God.)CHIDEBE
SINDISO
chee-deh-beh
seen-DEE-soh
God saves.
Salvation.
Nigeria (Igbo)
Azania (Xhosa)
M
JACOB (To follow, to succeed.) MALANDELA
ANDAMA
ZUMME
mah-lahn- deh-lah
ahn-DAH-mah
zoo-meh
The follower.
To follow.
Teach me to follow the right path of God.

Azania (Zulu)
Kiswahili
Nigeria (Igarra)
M
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
RAMOSA
rah-FEE-kee
rah-MOH-sah
Trusted friend.
The friendly one.
Kenya, Tanzania
Lesotho (Basotho)

F
SAMUEL (God hears.)SESE SEH-seh God hears; God has heard. Ghana
SOPHIA (Wise, sagacious.)NIMI NEE-mee Wisdom. Nigeria

 

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2 Comments

  1. Is the name JOTON an African name it might be pronounced a little different? I would really love to find out more about this name which is both my husband & are sons middle name

  2. My name is Yasmine Easley I’m looking for an African name. Can you find meaning in my name

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