Popular African Names

Rivers dry up, but not their names. —Benin, Nigeria, Togo (Yoruba)


Enjoy this list of popular African names57422141If you don’t discover a name that 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.

AISHA Life.F(2012-577)
AKANKE To meet her is to love her.F
ALAKE One to be made much of.F
ASHALife; she who lives.F(2003-978)
CHINUAGod’s own blessing.M
FEMILove me.F
IFE Love.F
IMANI Faith.F(2009-410)
JABARIBrave.M (2012-910)
JELANIMighty one.M
KENYA Artist.F(2012-532)
KOFIBorn on Friday.M
KWAMEBorn on Saturday.M
NIA Purpose.F(2012-463)
OBA King.M
SANAA Art.F(2012-897)


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  1. Hello, I found it great to have an african book of names. Do you know if it was translated in french?

  2. What thus Hiembo means

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