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Africa is home to several language families and hundreds of languages. The people can be divided into over a thousand different ethnic groups. Some practice various tribal religions, others Islam or Christianity. This complex background makes summing up African naming traditions in a few paragraphs very difficult.Traditional African names often reflect the circumstances at the time of birth. Names such as Mwanajuma- "Friday", Esi- "Sunday", Khamisi- "Thursday", and Wekesa -"harvest time" refer to the time or day when the child was born. Other names reflect the birth order of the newborn, for example Mosi- "first born", Kunto- "third born", Nsonowa -"seventh born", and Zesiro- "first of twins". Some names describe the parents' reaction to the birth (such as Kayode, Gwandoya, Abeni and Monifa) and still others are descriptive of the newborn or of desired characteristics (like Yejide, Dada, Chiumbo and Zuberi). Vocabulary words are also often used as given names. For example: Sefu- "sword" and Tau- "lion" (masculine) and Marjani- "coral" and Ife -"love" (feminine).
African Boy Names
Names Meaning
Afram  A River in Ghana, Africa 
Abdalla  Servant of God 
Abdul  Servant of the Lord 
Abedi  Worshipper 
Abiola  Born in Honor 
Baakir  Eldest 
Babu  Grandfather
Badrani Full Moon 
Bello  Helper
Chacha  Strong
Chibale  Kinship
Chimalsi  Proud
Daktari  Healer
Diallo  Bold
Elewa Intelligent
Eze  King
Fahim Learned
Farhani Happy
Ghalib  Winner
Haamid Grateful
Habib Beloved
Iman Faith
Jaafar Small River
Jamal Elegance
Kosey Lion
Latif Gentle
Maalik Experienced 
Moswen Light in Color 
Muhammed  Praised 
Naasir Defender 
Nanji  Safe 
Nassor  Victorious 
Odongo Second of Twins
Paki  Witness
Rafiki Friend
Rashad Righteous 
Rasul  Messenger 
Saad  Good Fortune
Said  Happy
Salaam  Peach 
Senwe Dry Grain Stalk
Tahir  Pure
Taji  Crown 
Talib Seeker
Ubora Excellence
Umar Longevity
Ulan First Born Twin
Waitimu Born of the Spear
Yohance God's Gift
Zahir Shining
Zuri Good Looking
Zareb Protector
African Girl Names
Name Meaning
Abla  Wild Rose 
Afi  Born on Friday 
Ama  Born on Saturday 
Baba  Born on Thursday 
Binah  Dancer 
Bunme  My Gift 
Chiku  Chatterer 
Chinue  God's Blessing 
Damisi  Cheerful 
Doli  Doll 
Efia  Born on Friday 
Eshe  Life 
Fadhila  Outstanding 
Faiza  Victorious 
Farida  Unique 
Ghalyela  Precious 
Gimbya  Princess 
Haiba  Charm 
Hanna  Happiness 
Hamida  Gracious 
Halla  Unexpected Gift 
Imena  Dream 
Jahia  Prominent 
Jamila  Beautiful 
Johanna  God's Grace 
Kali  Energetic 
Kamili  Perfection 
Kia  Season's Beginning 
Latifa  Gentle 
Layla  Born at Night 
Lila  Good 
Lisha  Mysterious 
Maisha  Life 
Malika  Queen 
Nabila  Noble 
Nadia  Caller 
Naima  Graceful 
Paka  Cat 
Pulika  Obedience 
Rabia  Spring 
Rafiya  Dignified 
Raisa  Exalted 
Reta  Shaken 
Ridhaa  Goodwill 
Saada  Helper 
Sabra  Patience 
Saida  Happy 
Tabita  Graceful 
Tawia  Born after Twins 
Tisha  Strong Willed 
Uzima  Vitality 
Uzuri  Beauty 
Wangari  Leopard 
Winna  Friend 
Yakini  Truth 
Yasmin  Jasmine 
Yusra  Ease 
Zalika  Well Born 
Zina  Secret Spirit 

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