Naming of babies both girls and boys in Africa is an important ritual practiced by the family in most of the African remote villages. For urban areas, they have adopted a western way or whites naming although they still use our original African names as surnames. Each African name has a special spiritual meaning and I have described briefly some of the common names in alphabetical order as below;
African baby names: “A”
Aadila: Tanzanian girl name Meaning ‘just, honest, upright’.
Aailyah: Tanzania, Kenya Ugandan name meaning ‘of the highest or exalted’
ABASI: The name Abasi means ‘stern’ as to Tanzania
ABBA : Ghanaian African Baby name for females born on Thursday.
ABEBECH: Ethiopian female name meaning “flower.”
ABEBI : Yoruba of Nigeria female name meaning “we asked and got her” or “we asked for her and she came to us.”
ABENA : Ghana name for females born on Tuesday.
ABRIHET : Ethiopia female name meaning “she has made it light, she emanates light.”
ABA : Female Gambian Name.
ABDUL: An Arabic name, meaning ‘servant of Allah’, It is the most common name for males in Tanzania.
Achen: An ultra-feminine name meaning ‘a twin’. Common with Lou in Uganda, South-Sudan, Kenya, etc.
ACHAN : South Sudan, Ugandan and Kenyan name for a female child in the first pair of twins.
ADA : Nigeria African Baby Names for firstborn females.
ADAMA : Ibo of Nigeria female name meaning “beautiful child” or “queenly”.
ADANECH : Ethiopia female name meaning “she has rescued them”.
ADANNA : Nigeria female name meaning “father’s daughter”.
Adimu: Tanzanian name, meaning ‘unique’.
ADEOLA : Yoruba of Nigeria female name meaning “crown of honor.”
ADETOUN : Yoruba of Nigeria female name meaning “princess.”
ADHIAMBO : Luo of Kenya name for females born after sunset.
ADINA : Ethiopian name for females meaning “she has saved”.
Adil: Swahili name Meaning ‘just, righteous as to Tanzania and Kenya.
Adroa: Ugandan baby boy name meaning ‘God’s will’.
ADJOA , ADWOA : Ghana names for females born on Monday; peace.
ADDO : Gambian name noble.
Adla:Tanzanian name with bold meaning of ‘justice’.
AFAFA : Ghana female name for the firstborn child of a second husband. Also Tanzanian means ‘virtuous’.
AFIA : Ghana name for females born on Friday.
AFRA : “peaceful ruler” used by ancient Romans and Greeks for females of African origin.
AFUA : African Baby Names born on Friday.
AFYA : Swahili female name. Afya Bora means “good health.”
AGBENYAGA : Ghana name meaning “life is precious.” (Could be shortened to NYAGA .)
AINA : Yoruba of Nigeria female name meaning “difficult birth,” such as a child born with umbilical cord around neck.
AKILAH : intelligent one who reasons.
AKIM : According to an Ibibio of Nigeria folktale, Akim was a gorgeous, fat, young woman made of oil who melted in the sun while doing farm labor.
Akiki: This name suites all African cultures meaning ‘friend’
AKOSUA : Ghana name for females born on Sunday.
AKPENAMAWU : Ghana name meaning “thanks to God.” Short form “AKPENA”.
Akida: Tanzanian baby boy name, meaning ‘chief, officer’.
AKUA : Ghana name for females born on Wednesday.
ALAMOUTA: Gambian name which means ‘to worship’.
ALITASH : Gambian name to rely on God, this word is sometimes used as name for people
ALITASH : Amharic of Ethiopia female name meaning “may I not lose you, may I find you always my precious.” May be shortened to Tash.
AMA : Ghana name for females born on Saturday. Also a West African name meaning “happy.”
AMACHI : Nigeria name meaning “who knows what God has brought us through this child.”
AMANISHAKHETE : The name of one of the Queen Mothers, of the Nubian kingdom of Kush (now northern Sudan). This name could be shortened to AMANI, itself a Kiswahili word meaning “peace.”
AMARA : In the legends of Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) Amara is the name for paradise. Also, “amara” is a Kiswahili word meaning “urgent business.”
AMBER : Muslim female name meaning “amber, brownish-yellow,” or “jewel.”
AMINI: This a Ugandan and South-Sudan name for the Nubians
AMINA : Somali and Muslim female name meaning “trustful, honest” and referring to Muhammed’s mother. This name is popular with the Hausa of West Africa.
AMINATA : A popular female name among the Wolof of Senegal.
AMINIA : A Kiswahili word meaning “to believe in.”
AMIDAH: Tanzanian baby girl name meaning ‘gracious’
AMBOKILE: This Tanzanian name signifies ‘God has saved me or God has redeemed me’.
ANAYA : Nigeria name meaning “look up to God.”
ANDROMEDA : “Ruler of men.” According to Greek mythology, Andromeda married Perseus, who had saved her from Medusa, a monster of the sea.
ANDWELE: Baby name, meaning ‘god brought me’, short form as “Andy” as to Tanzanian
ANNAKIYA : This means “sweet face” in Hausa language.
ANULIKA : Nigeria name meaning “happiness is the best.”
ANYANGO : Kenyan African Baby Names meaning “friend.”
APHRODITE : The mythological Greek goddess of love and beauty who is sometimes depicted as being of black African origin. Aphrodite means “born of the foam of the sea.”
ARET : Nigeria name for female children born on market day, called Edet.
ARMANI : Derivative of IMANI, meaning “faith.”
ARUSI : Swahili name for girls born at the time of a wedding
ASABI : Yoruba of Nigeria name meaning “one of select birth.”
ASHAKI : West African female name meaning “beautiful.”
ASHIA : Somali female name referring to the prophet Muhammed’s favorite wife.
ASMINA : Female name of the Nubian peoples of southern Sudan.
ASSAGGI : Zimbabwe name meaning “strong.”
ASURA : Swahili and Hausa name for female children born during the Muslim month of Ashur.
ATSUKPI : Ewe of Ghana name for a female twin.
AYAN : Somali girl name meaning “bright.”
AYANA : Ethiopian female name meaning “beautiful flower.”
AYO : Yoruba of Nigeria name meaning “joy.”
AZA : Swahili name meaning “powerful.”
AZINZA : The word for “mermaid” in the Mina language of Togo.
AZIZA : Somali name meaning “gorgeous.”
AZMERA : Male and female name of Ethiopia. It means “harvest.”