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ABENA f African
Means "born on Tuesday" in Akan.

ABENI f Yoruba
Means "we asked for her, and behold, we got her" in Yoruba.

ABIDEMI m Yoruba
Means "born during father's absence" in Yoruba.

ABIMBOLA m Yoruba
Means "born wealthy" in Yoruba.

ABIODUN m & f Yoruba
Means "born on a festival" in Yoruba.

ABIOYE m Yoruba
Means "born into royalty" in Yoruba.

ACHIENG f African
Feminine form of OCHIENG

ADAEZE f Igbo
Means "king's daughter" in Igbo.

ADANNA f Igbo
Means "father's daughter" in Igbo.

ADANNAYA f Igbo
Means "her father's daughter" in Igbo.

ADEBOWALE m & f Yoruba
Means "my crown has come home" in Yoruba.

ADEGOKE m Yoruba
Means "the crown has been exalted" in Yoruba.

ADETOKUNBO m & f Yoruba
Means "the crown came from over the sea" in Yoruba.

ADHIAMBO f African
Feminine form of ODHIAMBO

ADISA m Yoruba
Means "one who is clear" in Yoruba.

ADJOA f African
Variant of ADWOA

ADWOA f African
Means "born on Monday" in Akan.

AFIA f African
Variant of AFUA

AFOLABI m Yoruba
Means "born into wealth" in Yoruba.

AFUA f African
Means "born on Friday" in Akan.

AKINYI f African
Means "born in the morning" in Luo.

AKOSUA f African
Means "born on Sunday" in Akan.

AKUA f African
Means "born on Wednesday" in Akan.

ALABA f Yoruba
Means "second child after twins" in Yoruba.

AMA f African
Means "born on Saturday" in Akan.

AMADI (1) f Igbo
Means "rejoicing" in Igbo.

AMADI (2) m Yoruba
Means "seemed destined to die at birth" in Yoruba.

AMAKA f Igbo
Short form of CHIAMAKA

ANAN (1) m & f African
Means "fourth born child" in Akan.

ASHA (2) f African
Means "life" in Swahili.

ATIENO f African
Feminine form of OTIENO

AWITI f African
Means "thrown away" in Luo, possibly used for a child born prematurely.

AWOTWI m & f African
Means "eighth born child" in Akan.

AYO f & m Yoruba
Means "joy" in Yoruba.

AYODELE m & f Yoruba
Means "joy has come home" in Yoruba.

AYOKUNLE m Yoruba
Means "joy has filled the home" in Yoruba.

AYOMIDE f & m Yoruba
Means "my joy has arrived" in Yoruba.

AYOTUNDE m & f Yoruba
Means "joy has returned" in Yoruba.

AZUBUIKE m Igbo
Means "the past is your strength" or "your back is your strength" in Igbo.

BAAKO m & f African
Means "first born child" in Akan.

BABAJIDE m Yoruba
Means "father has returned" in Yoruba.

BABATUNDE m Yoruba
Means "father has returned" in Yoruba.

BABIRYE f African
Means "first of twins" in Luganda.

BAMIDELE m Yoruba
Means "follow me home" in Yoruba.

BERKO m African
Means "first born" in Akan.

BOIPELO m & f African
Means "proud" in Tswana.

BOITUMELO f & m African
Means "joy" in Tswana.

BOLANLE f Yoruba
Means "finds wealth at home" in Yoruba.

BONGANI m African
Means "be grateful" in Zulu.

BOSEDE m African
Means "born on Sunday" in Tiv.

CHIAMAKA f Igbo
Means "God is beautiful" in Igbo.

CHIBUEZE m & f Igbo
Means "God is the king" in Igbo.

CHIBUZO m & f Igbo
Means "God is the leader" in Igbo.

CHIDI m Igbo
Means "God exists" in Igbo.

CHIDIEBERE m & f Igbo
Means "God is the merciful" in Igbo.

CHIDIMMA f Igbo
Means "God is wonderful" in Igbo.

CHIDUBEM m Igbo
Means "guided by God" in Igbo.

CHIEMEKA m Igbo
Means "God has performed great deeds" in Igbo.

CHIKA (1) f Igbo
Means "God is the greatest" in Igbo.

CHIKE m Igbo
Means "the strength of God" or "God's creation" in Igbo.

CHIMA m Igbo
Means "God knows" in Igbo.

CHINAZA f Igbo
Means "God answers" in Igbo.

CHINEDU m & f Igbo
Means "God leads" in Igbo.

CHINWE m & f Igbo
Means "God owns" in Igbo.

CHINWENDU m & f Igbo
Means "God owns life" in Igbo.

CHIOMA f & m Igbo
Means "God is good" in Igbo.

CHIPO f African
Means "gift" in Shona.

CHIUMBO m African
Means "small" in Mwera.

CHIZOBA m & f Igbo
Means "God protect us" in Igbo.

CHUKWUEMEKA m Igbo
Means "God has done something great" in Igbo.

DADA f Yoruba
Means "curly hair" in Yoruba.

DAKARAI m African
Means "rejoice" in Shona.

DAYO f Yoruba
Means "joy arrives" in Yoruba.

DESTA f & m African
Means "joy" in Amharic.

DIKELEDI f African
Means "tears" in Tswana.

DUBAKU m & f African
Means "eleventh born child" in Akan.

EBELE f Igbo
Means "mercy, kindness" in Igbo.

EFUA f African
Variant of AFUA

EKENE m & f Igbo
Means "praise" in Igbo.

EKENEDILICHUKWU m & f Igbo
Means "all praise to God" in Igbo.

EKUA f African
Variant of AKUA

EKUNDAYO f & m Yoruba
Means "sorrow becomes joy" in Yoruba.

EKWUEME m Igbo
Means "he says, he does" in Igbo.

EMEKA m Igbo
Means "great deeds" in Igbo... [more]

ENIOLA f & m Yoruba
Means "person of wealth" in Yoruba.

ENITAN m Yoruba
Means "person of story" in Yoruba.

ENU m & f African
Means "fifth born child" in Akan.

ENYINNAYA m Igbo
Means "his father's friend" in Igbo.

ESHE f African
Means "life" in Swahili.

ESI f African
Means "born on Sunday" in Akan.

FARAI m & f African
Means "rejoice" in Shona.

FARAJI m African
Means "consolation" in Swahili.

FEMI m Yoruba
Short form of OLUFEMI

FOLAMI m Yoruba
Means "respect and honour me" in Yoruba.

FUMNANYA f Igbo
Means "love me" in Igbo.

FUNANYA f Igbo
Means "love" in Igbo.

FUNGAI m African
Means "think" in Shona.

FURAHA f African
Means "joy, happiness" in Swahili.

GBEMISOLA f Yoruba
Means "carry me into wealth" in Yoruba.

GWANDOYA m African
Means "met with misery" in Luganda.

IDOWU m & f Yoruba
Means "born after twins" in Yoruba.

IFE f Yoruba
Means "love" in Yoruba.

IGE f Yoruba
Means "born feet first" in Yoruba.

IMAMU m African
Means "spiritual leader" in Swahili, ultimately from Arabic [ch1573][ch1605][ch1575][ch1605] (Imam).

IMANI f African
Means "faith" in Swahili.

ISINGOMA m African
Means "first of twins" in Luganda.

ITUMELENG m & f African
Means "joy" in Tswana.

JELANI m African
Means "mighty" in Swahili.

JENGO m African
Means "building" in Swahili.

JUMAANE m African
Means "born on Tuesday" in Swahili.

KAGISO f African
Means "peace" in Tswana.

KAMARIA f African
Means "like the moon" in Swahili.

KATLEGO m & f African
Means "success" in Tswana.

KATO m African
Means "second of twins" in Luganda.

KAYIN m & f Yoruba
Means "celebrated child" in Yoruba.

KAYODE m Yoruba
Means "he brought joy" in Yoruba.

KEFILWE m & f African
Means "I was given" in Tswana.

KGOSI m African
Means "king, chief" in Tswana.

KHAMISI m African
Means "born on Thursday" in Swahili.

KIBWE m African
Means "blessed" in Swahili.

KIRABO m & f African
Means "gift" in Luganda.

KOBE m African
Either "tortoise" (Swahili) or else derived from the name of an African tribe.

KOBINA m African
Variant of KWABENA

KOFI m African
Means "born on Friday" in Akan.

KOJO m African
Variant of KWADWO

KUNTO f African
Means "third child" in Akan.

KWABENA m African
Means "born on Tuesday" in Akan.

KWADWO m African
Means "born on Monday" in Akan.

KWAKU m African
Means "born on Wednesday" in Akan.

KWAME m African
Means "born on Saturday" in Akan.

KWASI m African
Means "born on Sunday" in Akan.

KWEKU m African
Variant of KWAKU

KWESI m African
Variant of KWASI

LEKAN m Yoruba
Short form of OLAMILEKAN

LERATO f African
Means "love" in Sesotho.

LESEDI f African
Means "light" in Tswana.

LINDIWE f African
Means "have waited" in Zulu.

LUMUSI f African
Means "born face down" in Ewe.

LUNGILE f African
Means "the good one" in Zulu.

MAKENA f & m African
Means "happy one" in Kikuyu.

MANYARA f African
Means "you have been humbled" in Shona.

MARJANI f African
Means "coral" in Swahili.

MASAMBA m African
Means "leaves" in Yao.

MASEGO f African
Means "blessings" in Tswana.

MASOZI m & f African
Means "tears" in Tumbuka.

MBALI f African
Means "flower" in Zulu.

MCHUMBA f African
Means "sweetheart" in Swahili.

MELISIZWE m African
Means "leader of the nation" in Xhosa.

MIREMBE f African
Means "peace" in Luganda.

MOJISOLA f Yoruba
Means "wake up to wealth" in Yoruba.

MONIFA f Yoruba
Means "I am lucky" in Yoruba.

MOSI m African
Means "first born child" in Swahili.

MUDIWA f & m African
Means "beloved" in Shona.

MUNASHE m & f African
Means "with God" in Shona.

MWANAJUMA f African
Means "born on Friday" in Swahili.

MWENYE m African
Means "owner, lord" in Swahili.

NAKATO f African
Means "second of twins" in Luganda.

NDIDI m & f Igbo
Means "patience" in Igbo.

NEO (1) f & m African
Means "gift" in Tswana.

NGOZI m & f Igbo
Means "blessing" in Igbo.

NIA (2) f African
Means "purpose" in Swahili.

NKECHI f Igbo
Means "God gave me a blessing" in Igbo.

NKEMDILIM m & f Igbo
Means "forever mine" in Igbo.

NKIRU f Igbo
Short form of NKIRUKA

NKIRUKA f Igbo
Means "the best is still to come" in Igbo.

NKOSANA m African
Means "prince" in Xhosa.

NKOSAZANA f African
Means "princess" in Xhosa.

NKRUMA m & f African
Means "ninth born child" in Akan.

NNAMDI m Igbo
Means "my father is alive" in Igbo... [more]

NOMUSA f African
Means "merciful" in Ndebele.

NONTLE f African
Means "mother of beauty" in Xhosa.

NOSIZWE f African
Means "mother of the nation" in Xhosa.

NSIA m & f African
Means "sixth born child" in Akan.

NSONOWA m & f African
Means "seventh born child" in Akan.

NTHANDA m & f African
Means "star" in Tumbuka.

NTOMBI f African
Means "lady" in Zulu.

NYAH f African
Variant of NIA (2)

NYARAI f African
Means "be humble" in Shona.

OBI m Igbo
Means "heart" in Igbo.

OCHIENG m African
Means "born when the sun shines", derived from Luo chieng meaning "sun".

ODHIAMBO m African
Means "born in the evening" in Luo.

OGECHI f Igbo
Short form of OGECHUKWUKAMA

OGECHUKWUKAMA f Igbo
Means "God's time is the best" in Igbo.

OLABODE m Yoruba
Means "wealth returns" in Yoruba.

OLAMIDE f Yoruba
Means "wealth has arrived" in Yoruba.

OLAMILEKAN m Yoruba
Means "my wealth is increased" in Yoruba.

OLANREWAJU m Yoruba
Means "my wealth is the future" in Yoruba.

OLAYINKA f Yoruba
Means "wealth surrounds me" in Yoruba.

OLUBUNMI f Yoruba
Means "gift of God" in Yoruba.

OLUCHI m & f Igbo
Means "God's work" in Yoruba.

OLUFEMI m Yoruba
Means "God loves me" in Yoruba.

OLUFUNKE m & f Yoruba
Means "God has cared for" in Yoruba.

OLUFUNMILAYO f & m Yoruba
Means "God gave me joy" in Yoruba.

OLUFUNMILOLA f & m Yoruba
Means "God gives me wealth" in Yoruba.

OLUJIMI m Yoruba
Means "given by God" in Yoruba.

OLUKAYODE m Yoruba
Means "God brings happiness" in Yoruba.

OLUMIDE m Yoruba
Means "God arrives" in Yoruba.

OLUWAFUNMILAYO f & m Yoruba
Variant of OLUFUNMILAYO

OLUWASEGUN m & f Yoruba
Means "God has been victorious" in Yoruba.

OLUWASEUN m & f Yoruba
Means "we thank God" in Yoruba.

OLUWASEYI f & m Yoruba
Means "God made this" in Yoruba.

OLUWATOYIN m & f Yoruba
Means "God is worthy to be praised" in Yoruba.

OLUWAYEMISI f & m Yoruba
Means "God honours me" in Yoruba.

OMOBOLANLE f & m Yoruba
Means "a child who met wealth at home" in Yoruba.

OMOLARA f Yoruba
Means "a child is family" in Yoruba.

ONI f Yoruba
Possibly means "born in sacred abode" in Yoruba.

ONYEKA f Igbo
Short form of ONYEKACHUKWU

ONYEKACHUKWU f & m Igbo
Means "who is greater than God?" in Igbo.

OPEYEMI m Yoruba
Means "I should give praise" in Yoruba.

OTIENO m African
Means "born at night" in Luo.

PAKI m African
Means "witness" in Xhosa.

RAMLA f African
Means "prophetess" in Swahili.

REFILWE m & f African
Means "we were given" in Tswana.

RUDO m & f African
Means "love" in Shona.

RUFARO f African
Means "happiness" in Shona.

RUMBIDZAI f African
Means "praise" in Shona.

RUTENDO f & m African
Means "faith" in Shona.

SAUDA f African
Means "dark complexion" in Swahili.

SEFU m African
Means "sword" in Swahili, ultimately from Arabic [ch1587][ch1610][ch1601] (sayf).

SEKAI f African
Means "be humourous" in Shona.

SETHUNYA f African
Means "bloom, flower" in Tswana.

SIBONAKALISO f African
Means "sign" in Zulu.

SIMBA m African
Means "lion" in Swahili.

SIMISOLA f Yoruba
Means "rest in wealth" in Yoruba.

SIPHO m African
Means "gift" in Xhosa.

SITHEMBILE f & m African
Means "we trust" in Zulu.

SIZWE m African
Means "nation" in Xhosa.

SSANYU f African
Means "joy" in Luganda.

SUBIRA f African
Means "patience" in Swahili.

TAFADZWA m & f African
Means "we are pleased" in Shona.

TAFARI m African
Possibly means "he who inspires awe" in Amharic... [more]

TAONGA f & m African
Means "we are thankful" in Tumbuka.

TAPIWA f African
Means "given" in Shona.

TARIRO f African
Means "hope" in Shona.

TATENDA m & f African
Means "thank you" in Shona.

TAU m African
Means "lion" in Tswana and Sesotho... [more]

TEMITOPE f Yoruba
Means "enough to give thanks" in Yoruba.

TENDAI f African
Means "be thankful" in Shona.

TENDAJI m African
Means "makes things happen" in Swahili.

THABO m African
Means "joy" in Tswana.

THANDIWE f African
Means "loving one" in Xhosa.

THEMA f African
Means "queen" in Akan.

THEMBA m & f African
Means "trust" in Zulu.

THULANI m African
Means "be quiet, be comforted" in Zulu.

THULILE f African
Means "is quiet" in Zulu.

TICHAONA m African
Means "we will see" in Shona.

TINASHE m & f African
Means "God is with us" in Shona.

TITILAYO f Yoruba
Means "eternal happiness" in Yoruba.

TSHOLOFELO f African
Means "hope" in Tswana.

TUMELO m & f African
Means "faith" in Sesotho and Tswana.

UDO (2) f & m Igbo
Means "peace" in Igbo.

UNATHI m & f African
Means "God is with us" in Xhosa.

UZOCHI m Igbo
Means "God's way" in Igbo.

UZOMA m & f Igbo
Means "follow the right road" in Igbo.

WASSWA m African
Means "first of twins" in Luganda.

WEKESA m African
Means "born during harvest" in African.

WORKNESH f African
Possibly means "you are like gold" in Amharic.

YAA f African
Means "born on Thursday" in Akan.

YAW m African
Means "born on Thursday" in Akan.

YEJIDE f Yoruba
Means "image of the mother" in Yoruba.

YEWANDE f Yoruba
Means "mother has returned" in Yoruba.

ZOLA (2) f African
Means "quiet, tranquil" in Zulu.

ZUBERI m African
Means "strong" in Swahili.

ZURI f African
Means "beautiful" in Swahili.

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This is a nice list. We do need to be wary of the Arabic names. This is a trap that I and far too many of us fall into while finding our way on the path to SankOfa.

SN

“Since most of our conscious modes of conceptualizing, acting and moving about are conditioned in part by our language, to use the language of another culture is to use that culture’s ideas; and to use another culture’s ideas in place of one’s own is to relegate the latter to a position of de facto inferiority.”
-sbAt Rkhty Amen

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