Strong Names

The strong do not need clubs. —Senegal


Enjoy this list of strong 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, 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.

ACHI (AH-chee). Strength. Nigeria (Igbo) (F)
AIJEBA (h-ee-JEH-bah). Love strengthens the relationship. Nigeria (Ishan)
AKATA (ah-KAH-tah). Strong headed. Nigeria (Yoruba) (F)
AKERELE (ah-keh-REH-leh). One who is strong in spite of being small. Nigeria (Yoruba)
ANTANKARA (ahn-tahn-KAH-rah).The people of the rock. Madagascar (F)
ARAALI (ah-raah-lee). Strength of thunder. Uganda (Nyoro, Toro) (M)
AZUBIKE (ah-zoo-BEE-keh). The past is our strength. Nigeria
BITITI (BEE-tee-tee). Strong lady. East Africa (Kiswahili) (F)
BOATEMA (bwoh-TEH-mah).She brings strength. Ghana (F)
BUSAJJA (boo-sahj-jah). Manhood; manliness; strength.
Uganda (Ganda) (M)
(chah-chah). Strong. East Africa (Kiswahili) (M)
CHANGA (chahn-gah). Iron-like. Central Africa (M)
CHEWA (CHEH-wah).A strong tribe. Central, Southern Africa (F)
CHIMWALA (cheem-WAH-lah). A stone. Malawi (Yao) (F)
DAGE (DAH-geh). Takes a firm stand. Nigeria (Hausa) (M)
ETANA (eh-TAH-nah). Robust and strong child. East Africa (Kiswahili) (F)
FOLI (FOH-lee). There is strength in the family. Ghana
GUGA (GOO-gah). Strong and lasting. Azania (Xhosa)
HAULI (HAH-oo-lee). Power, strength. East Africa (Kiswahili) (M)
IKECHI (ee-KEH-chee). God’s strength. Nigeria (Igbo) (M)
IKEMBA (ee-KEHM-bah). Strength of the people. Nigeria (Igbo) (M)
ILOLA (ee-LOH-lah). To become strong. Lesotho (South Sotho)
IMARA (ee-MAH-rah).Stamina, strength. Kenya, Tanzania (Kiswahili)
INOTU (ee-NOH-too). May I not offend the combined strength of the community. Nigeria (Ishan)
JABALI (JAH-bah-lee). Strong as a rock. East Africa (Kiswahili) (M)
JANGA (jahn-gah). You cannot shake me. Cameroon (Mubako) (M)
JAYEI (jah-YEH-ee). A woman strong like an elephant. East Africa (F)
JELANI (jeh-LAH-nee). Mighty one.East Africa (Kiswahili) (M)
KANI (KAH-nee). Strength, energy. Kenya, Tanzania (Kiswahili) (M)
MAANYI (maah-ndjh-ee). Strength, power, energy. Uganda (Ganda) (M)
NALYAZI (nnah-ljaah-zee). A large rock. Uganda (Ganda) (F)
NEHANDA (neh-HAHN-dah). Hardiness. Zimbabwe (F)
NINI (NEE-nee). Stone. West Africa (F)
NKOLE (n-KOH-leh). Strong person. Zambia (Bemba)
NOMANDLA (noh-MAHD-lah). Tower of strength. Azania (Xhosa) (F)
OTEKA (oh-tee-kah). Strong. Uganda (Itetso) (M)
TIPILIRE (tee-pee-lee-reh). To endure hardship. Zambia (Chewa) (F)
UKUU (0o-koo-OO-oo). Greatness; strength. Kiswahili
ZUBERI (zoo-BEH-ree). Strong. East Africa (Kiswahili) (M)

What are your favorite STRONG names?  Do you have STRONG names to share?  If so, please share these names in the comments section.


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  1. I am 39 years old and I don’t know the meaning of my name nor the origin can you help me even if it’s not an afrikan name?

    • Latin Meaning: The name Amorette is a Latin baby name. In Latin the meaning of the name Amorette is: Little love.

    • Amor is love in many languages

    • It’s a French name. So maybe look into that.

    • Amore is French, Italian, Spanish word for love. Ette would be a diminutive form of the noun?

    • If you’re asking about your name, Amorette, it barely sounds Afrikan to me. The last for letter -ette is very popular in Western names.

    • Greetings
      My name is Arthur Lee Batsell. I am 48 years of age and i am ready to truly get my name changed to an African name and take great pride in my heritage. I am not an African American I am an African Black man of descent who was born in America, i will no longer accept the ignorance of this country which is not ours, it belongs to the native brother and sister. I want Africa in my blood in my name in my family in my whole being of who i am.
      Can you help me or give direction how i can get my name changed

      • of course,, am proud of my name

      • First find out your genealogy from an African company.
        Once you have the results, fast for twenty one days. During the twenty one days before you sleep ask your ancestors to reveal your origin. The best is to have an altar for your ancestors.

      • I’m pregnant and searching for baby names myself. But what I would suggest that you look at your personality and include great meaning of our rich African culture.

      • Africa's Daughter

        I am answering your question late, but if you feel that strongly about who you are, THEN YOU NEED NO ONE’S PERMISSION TO CHANGE YOUR NAME.

        Pick a name that resonates with you, and start to use it. Do this a while before you go for a legal change (if that’s what you want to do). You need no one’s validation or permission. Just do it!!!


  2. Origin is Latin/French it means Little Love

  3. How do I say revolutionary blood soldier in Swahili?

  4. sounds like french(ish).. amor.. (love) ette .. ( diminuitive ) ..little love

  5. I am lookin for a name for me

  6. Your name its Latin it means little love

  7. What is the real meaning of Ashia and Sauda ?

  8. I’ve been told numerous times that I need to look up the meaning of my name because it means something special but it has been hard to find. Can anyone help me? My name is Nieeunta but it is pronounced neon-tae.

  9. Hello, my name is Kawanda, can you help me find the origin and meaning please. I was told it was Swahili for “Goddess of the sun” but have not been able to find that anywhere

  10. meaning of adrian

  11. please help me with the meaning of my name SIJUBANE,
    my father is a xhonga men who originate from maputo and decided to settle in am interested in finding out the meaning behind the name.

  12. I’m looking for last names only from West Africa in particular. Can you direct me to that list?

  13. I’m looking international name for new company

  14. Erwin Villanueva Atchico
    Aug 21, 2016 – The name came from Africa meaning a brave and strong soul.

    Can you please give more credits to this and where the meaning originated?

  15. I like Araali for a character I am making, but this is the only site that claims ‘strength of thunder’ as a meaning…

  16. When I tell people my name they say I have a nice and they ask me the meaning of it, but I have no idea what it mean, so if anyone can help me I would like to know the meaning of my name (Adeiye).

  17. I love Jelani. Iam Angolan,my two sons have strong african names. The oldest is Kiari (swahili name:king/leader) and the other is Utonhi(umbundu: courageous/fearless). My name is Licínia is not an african name but I like it.

  18. Charles E Lydia

    Funny thing before you change your name to a african name find your true roots. And the native Americans true identity is not what you see now. The true native Americans were blue black purple with teeth like stars.

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