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)

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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?

  2. Origin is Latin/French it means Little Love

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

  4. I am lookin for a name for me

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

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