AFRICAN MALE NAMES

ABASI: Swahili name meaning "stern."

ABAYOMI: Of uncertain African origin. Means "born to bring me joy."

ABDALLA: Swahili equivalent of Arabic, ABDULLAH, "servant of God."

ABDELAHI: Muslim name, popular in Somalia. Meaning unknown.

ABDI: Muslim name, popular in Somalia, meaning "my servant."

ABDIKARIM: Muslim name, popular in Somalia, meaning "slave of God."

ABDIMELECH: Name of an Aethiopian eunuch who lived in ancient Rome. Name means "servant to kings." Could be shortened to ABDI or MELECH.

ABDIRAXMAN: Somali equivalent of Muslim, ABD AL RAHMAN, meaning "servant of the Mercifully Gracious."

ABEBE: Amharic of Ethiopia name meaning "he has flowered/flourished/grown."

ABRAFO: Ghanaian name meaning "warrior" or "executioner." It is a nickname for a troublemaker or someone who is hyper.

ADAN: Yoruba of Nigeria name meaning "a large bat." Also, the Spanish equivalent of Adam.

ADE: "Royal one."

ADDO: Ghana name meaning "king of the road."

ADISA: Ashanti of Ghana name meaning "one who will teach us."

ADJATAY: Cameroon name meaning "prince."

ADOFO: Akan of Ghana name meaning "one who loves."

ADOM: Akan of Ghana name meaning "help from God" or "God's blessing."

ADRIAN: A name used for the nobility class of the Betsileo people of central Madagascar.

ADWIN: Akan of Ghana word meaning "artist" or "thinker."

AFEWORK: Amharic of Ethiopia name meaning "one who speaks only of pleasant things; one who does not speak of bad or evil things."

AFEWORKI: Tigrinya of Ethiopia equivalent of AFEWORK.

AFRAM: Akan of Ghana name referring to the Afram River in Ghana's Ashanti Region.

AHMADOU: West African name. Meaning unknown.

AKELLO: Alur of Uganda name meaning "I have brought" or "bring forth."

AKIA: African name meaning "first born."

AKIN: Yoruba of Nigeria name meaning "warrior, hero, brave man." This name is often used in compound names such as Akinwole and Akintunde.

AKINWOLE: Yoruba of Nigeria name meaning "bravery enters this home."

AKINTUNDE: Yoruba of Nigeria name meaning "bravery returns."

AKINSANYA: Yoruba of Nigeria name meaning "bravery gets revenge."

AKINYEMI: Yoruba of Nigeria name meaning "fated to be a warrior."

ALAFIN: A title meaning "king" once used by the Yoruba people of Nigeria.

ALI: Swahili and Muslim name meaning "noble, exalted."

ALPHA: Guinean male name meaning "leader."

AMADI: Ibo of Nigeria unisexual name, referring to the Sun God, meaning "rejoice."

AMAN: Amharic of Ethiopia name meaning "peace." It is often used as a nickname.

AMARE: Amharic and Tigrinya of Ethiopia name meaning "he is good looking."

AMARI: Yoruba of Nigeria name meaning "strength, builder."

AMAZU: Ibo of Nigeria name meaning "no one knows everything."

ANWAR: Moorish name meaning "lustrious, bright, shiny."

AREN: Nigerian name meaning "eagle." Also, a Scandinavian name meaning "rule" or "eagle."

ASAD: Somalian name meaning "lion."

ASANTE: Kiswahili word for "thank you."

ASHUR: Swahili name for a child born during the Muslim month of Ashur.

ASSEFA: Amharic of Ethiopia name meaning "he has increased our family by coming into this world."

ATA: A Ghana name for a twin.

ATU: Fante of Ghana name meaning "born on Saturday."

AYO: Of uncertain African origin. Means "happiness."

AYUB: Muslim name meaning "penitent" and referring to the biblical Job.

AYUBU: Swahili equivalent of Ayub, meaning "patience in suffering; perseverence."

AZEKEL: Angolan name meaning "praising the lord."

AZI: Nigerian name meaning "youth."

AZIBO: African name meaning "the whole earth."

AZIKIWE: African name meaning "full of vigor."

AZIZI: Swahili name and Kiswahili word meaning "a treasure, excellent; precious one."

BABATUNDE: Yoruba of Nigeria name meaning "father has returned" which means the child resembles one of his grandfathers. Variant, Tunde, exists.

BABU: A Kiswahili name meaning "grandfather." Also, a West African name meaning "willing."

BABUKAR: Wolof of Senegal name. Meaning unknown.

BADRU: Swahili name meaning "born at full moon."

BADU: An Ashanti of Ghana name meaning "tenth-born child."

BARRY: A Guinean surname meaning the family comes from the Peul, Fulani, or Foulbe ethnic groups of West Africa.

BASEL: Muslim name popular in Sudan, meaning "brave."

BASSEY: Efik of Nigeria unisexual name. Meaning unknown.

BEKELE: Amharic of Ethiopia name meaning "he has grown; he has come into being."

BELUCHI: Ibo people of Nigeria name meaning "provided God approves."

BERHANU: Amharic of Ethiopia name meaning "his light."

BERIHUN: Amharic and Tigrinya of Ethiopia name meaning "let him be our gate/our guidance."

BERTA: Amharic of Ethiopia name meaning "be strong, be vigilant, persevere."

BILAL: A Muslim name popular in North Africa, meaning "black man."

BOBO: Fante of Ghana name meaning, "born on Tuesday." Also a Ewe of West Africa name meaning "be humble."

BOKHARI: Malian name. Meaning unknown.

BOLAJI: Yoruba of Nigeria male name. Meaning unknown.

BUSIRIS: Name of an ancient Egyptian king who killed visitors to his city. The name means "Temple of Osiris."

BWANA: Kiswahili and Swahili name meaning "gentleman; mister; sir." Variant, Mbwana, exists.

CAMARA: A West African male name meaning "teacher."

CHAGA: The Kiswahili word "chaga" means "to do vigorously" and "be prevalent."

CHAKA: Also spelled SHAKA, a South African male name meaning "Greak King."

CHEGE: A Kikuyu people of Kenya male name. Meaning is unknown.

CHEIKH: Guinean male name meaning "learned."

CHEOPS: Cheops, a pharaoh of Egypt's IV dynasty, was believed to have had negroid features. He was known as Cheops to the ancient Greeks, but was called KHUFU by the Egyptians.

CHICHA: A West African male name meaning "beloved." It is also a Kiswahili word meaning "grated coconut."

CHINUA: Ibo of Nigeria male name meaning "God's own blessing" or "may God hear."

CYPRIAN: A male name of Latin origin meaning "native of Cyprus."

DABIR: Popular in North Africa, meaning "teacher, secretary."

DALMAR: Somali name meaning "versatile."

DANIACHEW: Amharic of Ethopia name meaning "you be their judge, arbitrate between them."

DANSO: Ashanti of Ghana name meaning "reliable."

DAREN: Hausa of West Africa name meaning "born at night."

DAUDI, DAUDY: Swahili name meaning "beloved."

DAWIT: Ethiopian name referring to the biblical David, meaning "beloved."

DELA EDEN: Ewe of West Africa unisexual name meaning "savior."

DEMISSIE: Amharic of Ethiopia name meaning "destroyer."

DESTA: Amharic of Ethiopia unisexual name meaning "joy, happiness."

DIA: West African name meaning "champion."

DIARA: Name of French-speaking West Africa, meaning "gift."

DIJI: Ibo of Nigeria name meaning "farmer."

DIN: Congolese name meaning "great."

DOBI: Kiswahili word meaning "a person who does laundry."

DOMEVLO: Ewe of Ghana name meaning "don't take others for face value."

DZIGBODE: Ewe of Ghana name meaning "patience."

EDET: Ibibio and Efik of Nigeria name meaning "born on market day."

EFFIOM: Efik of Nigeria male name meaning "crocodile."

ELIMU: A Kiswahili word meaning "science, knowledge."

ERASTO: An East African name meaning "man of peace."

ESSIEN: Ochi and Ga of Ghana name meaning "sixth born." Also, Ibibio and Efik of Nigeria name meaning "belongs to everyone."

EZEJI: Ibo of Nigeria name meaning "the king of yams."

FARAJI: Swahili name meaning "consolation."

FELA: West African name meaning "warlike."

FODJOUR: Akan of Ghana name meaning "fourth born."

FYNN: Europeanized version of Ghanaian name Offin, after the Offin River.

GABRA, GEBRE: Amharic of Tigrinya name meaning "an offering."

GETACHEW: Amharic male name meaning "their master."

GETEYE: Amharic name meaning "my master."

GHEDI: Somali name meaning "traveler."

GOGO: Nguni of S. Africa name meaning "like grandfather."

GUEDADO: Fulani of Mali unisexual name meaning "wanted by nobody."

GYAMFI: Ashanti of Ghana name. Meaning unknown.

HABIB: Swahili name meaning "beloved."

HAGOS: Tigrinya of Ethiopia name meaning "joy, happiness."

HAJI: Swahili name meaning "born during the hajj."

HAKIM: Amharic of Tigrinya of Ethiopia name meaning "doctor, medicine man." Most commonly used by Muslim Ethiopians.

HANIF: Swahili and Muslim name meaning "believer."

HANISI: Swahili name meaning "born on Thursday."

HASSAN: Hausa of W. Africa name meaning "first born of twins."

HOGAN: Efik of Nigeria name. Meaning unknown.

HONDO: Zezuru of Zimbabwe name meaning "war."

HUSANI: Swahili variation of Muslim name HUSAYN meaning "beautiful."

IDI: Swahili and Muslim name meaning "born during the Muslim holiday of Idd."

IDRISSA: Senegal and Gambia name meaning "immortal."

INIKO: Efik and Ibibio of Nigeria unisexual name meaning "born amidst civil war" or "born amidst troubled times."

ISKINDER: Amharic of Ethiopia version of Greek name Alexander meaning "defender of mankind."

ISSA: Swahili and Muslim name meaning "the Messiah."

JAFARI: Swahili name meaning "creek."

JAHI: Swahili name meaning "dignity."

JAJA: Ibo of Nigeria name meaning "God's gift."

JAWARA: Senegal and Gambia name meaning "peace loving."

JELA: Swahili name meaning "father was suffering during birth."

JIMIYU: Luhya of Kenya name meaning "born during the dry season."

JIRI: Zezuru of Zimbabwe name meaning "forest of wild fruits."

JOMO: Gikuyu of Kenya name meaning "farmer."

JUMA: Swahili name meaning "born on Friday."

KAARIA: Kenyan name meaning "one who speaks softly but with wisdom."

KABAKA: Name used for kings of the Buganda people of Uganda.

KALEB: Amharic and Tigrinya of Ethiopia name referring to the biblical Cain.

KAMAU: Kikuyu of Kenya name meaning "quiet warrior."

KASHKA: Nigerian name meaning "friendly."

KASSA: Amharic name meaning "compensation" or "reparation."

KATO: Runyankore of Uganda name meaning "second born twin."

KAYIN: Yoruba of Nigeria name meaning "long-awaited child."

KEITA: West African name meaning "worshiper."

KELILE: Amharic of Ethiopia name meaning "my protector, my gate."

KENAN: Malawi name. Meaning unknown.

KENYATTA: East African name meaning "musician."

KHAMISI: Swahili name meaning "born on Thursday."

KIFLE: Amharic and Tigrinya name meaning "my share, my due."

KIMANE: Kikuyu of Kenya name meaning "large bean."

KIMATHI: Kikuyu of Kenya name meaning "earnest provider."

KITO: Swahili name meaning "precious."

KOFI: Akan name common in Ghana, meaning "born on Friday."

KOJO: Ashanti of Ghana name meaning "born on Monday."

KOOFREY: Ibibio and Efik of Nigeria name meaning "don't forget me."

KORFA: Somali name. Meaning unknown.

KUMI: Akan of Ghana name meaning "forceful."

KWABENA: Akan of Ghana name meaning "born on Tuesday."

KWAKU: Akan of Ghana name meaning "born on Wednesday."

KWAME: Akan of Ghana name meaning "born on Saturday."

KWAMI: Ewe of W. Africa name meaning "born on Saturday."

KWESI, SISI: Akan of Ghana unisexual name meaning "born on Sunday."

LABAAN: Somali name. Meaning unknown.

LEBNA: Ethiopian name meaning "heart" or "soul."

LEMA: Amharic of Ethiopia name meaning "cultivated, developed."

LUMUMBA: Congolese name meaning "gifted."

LUSALA: Luhya of Kenya name meaning "whip."

MACHUPA: Swahili name meaning "one who enjoys drinking."

MAMO: Amharic of Ethiopia name used to address a little boy whose name is unknown.

MANI: Congolese name meaning "from the mountain."

MANU: Akan of Ghana name meaning "second born."

MANUTE: Dinka of S. Sudan name. Meaning unknown.

MARKOS: Ethiopian name referring to the biblical disciple, Mark.

MASILO: Setswana of Botswana name. Meaning unknown.

MASKINI: Swahili name and Kiswahili word meaning "poor."

MASUD, MASOUD: Swahili and Muslim name meaning "fortunate, happy."

MATATA: Swahili name meaning "troublemaker."

MATHANI: Popular Kikuyu of Kenya name meaning "commandments."

MATUNDE: Luya of Kenya name meaning "fruits."

MEKONNEN: Amharic and Tigrinya of Ethiopia name meaning "the angel."

MELESSE: Amharic and Tigrinya of Ethiopia name meaning "he has returned something."

MENELIK: Amharic of Ethiopia name meaning "son of the wise man" or "what will he send?"

MENSAH: Ewe of Ghana name meaning "third born."

MIRUTS: Tigrinya of Ethiopia name meaning "he who has been chosen."

MONA: Swaziland name meaning "jealous."

MONGO: Yoruba of Nigeria name meaning "famous."

MONYYAK: Dinka of S. Sudan name meaning "man of the drought."

MORENIKE: Nigerian name meaning "good luck."

MORI: Ugandan name meaning "born before the loan on the wife's dowry has been paid off."

MOSHOESHOE: Sesotho name. Meaning unknown.

MOSI: Swahili name meaning "first born."

MOYO: Zezuru of Zimbabwe name meaning "heart."

MUENDA: Meru of Kenya name meaning "one who cares for others."

MUREITHI: Kikuyu of Kenya name meaning "herdsman, shepherd."

MUSA: Swahili and Muslim name popular among the Wolof of Senegal, meaning "mercy" or "saved from the water."

MWAKA: Buganda of Uganda name meaning "born on New Year's Eve."

MWINYI: Swahili name meaning "lord, master, king."

MWITA: Swahili name and Kiswahili word meaning "the one who is calling."

NADIF: Somali name meaning "born between two seasons."

NASSOR: Swahili variation of Arab name Nasser, meaning "victorious."

NDULU: Ibo of Nigeria name meaning "dove."

NEGASH: Amharic and Tigrinya of Ethiopia name meaning "he is bound to be king, he is next in line for the throne."

NEGASI: Amharic and Tigrinya of Ethiopia name meaning "he will be crowned."

NEGUS: Norther Ethiopian name and royal title meaning "king, emperor."

NJAU: Kikuyu of Kenya name meaning "young bull."

NKRUMAH, NKRUMA: Akan of Ghana unisexual name meaning "ninth born child."

NYASORE: Kenyan name meaning "the thin one."

OBASI: Ibo of Nigeria name meaning "in honor of the supreme God."

OBI: Ibo of Nigeria name meaning "heart."

OBIKE: Ibo of Nigeria name meaning "a strong household."

ODERO: Luo of Kenya name meaning "granary."

ODION: Nigerian name meaning "first born of twins."

OHINI, OHENE: Akan of Ghana name meaning "chief."

OJI: Ibo of Nigeria name meaning "bearer of gifts."

OJO: Yoruba of Nigeria name used when the birth was difficult.

OKELLO: Ateso of Uganda name meaning "born after twins."

OKO: Adangbe of Ghana name meaning "twin."

OKOTH: Ugandan name meaning "born during the rains."

OLA: Yoruba of Nigeria name meaning "wealth."

OTHIENO: Luo of Kenya name meaning "born at night."

PALASSA: This African name was popular among African slaves in North America.

PANYA: Swahili name and Kiswahili word meaning "mouse."

PENDA: Swahili name meaning "beloved."

PONI: Bari of S. Sudan name meaning "second born."

PAKI: Xhosa of S. Africa name meaning "witness."

PILI: Swahili name meaning "second born."

RAFIKI: Kiswahili word and name meaning "friend."

RAKANJA: Muarusha of Tanzania name. Meaning unknown.

RASHIDI: Swahili name meaning "good council."

RETTA: Amharic of Ethiopia name meaning "he has triumphed, he has won."

ROBLE: Somali name meaning "born during the rainy season."

RUDO: Shona of Zimbabwe name meaning "love."

SADAKA: Swahili name and Kiswahili word meaning "a religious offering."

SALIM, SALMAN: Swahili name meaning "peace."

SARSA DENGEL: Ethiopian name meaning "penetration by osmosis."

SEFU: Swahili name meaning "sword."

SEKOU: Guinean name meaning "learned."

SELASSIE, SELASSIEE: Amharic and Tigrinya of Ethiopia unisexual name meaning "trinity." This name is most commonly used as a suffix, as in Haile Selassiee.

SENGHOR: Senegal and Gambia name meaning "descendent of the gods."

SHERMARKE: Somali name meaning "one who brings good fortune."

SIMBA: Swahili name popular in eastern Zaire, meaning "lion."

SUDI: Swahili name meaning "success" or "luck."

SULE: West African name meaning "adventurous."

SULTAN: Swahili name meaning "ruler."

SUNDIATA, SUNDYATA, SOUNDIATA, SUNJATA: Guinean name meaning "hungry lion."

TABAN: Somali and Ugandan name. Meaning unknown.

TAMIRAT: Amharic of Ethiopia name meaning "miracle."

TARIKU: Amharic of Ethiopia name meaning "the story behind" or "the events surrounding his birth."

TAU: Tswana of Botswana name meaning "lion."

TAYE: Amharic of Ethiopia name meaning "he has been seen."

TEFERI: Amharic and Tigrinya of Ethiopia name meaning "one who is ferocious, one who is feared by his rivals."

TEGENE: Amharic of Ethiopia name meaning "my protector."

TEKA: Amharic of Ethiopia name meaning "he has replaced."

TEKLE: Amharic and Tigrinya of Ethiopia name meaning "my plant" which literally implies "I gave my seed to him."

TESFAYE: Amharic and Tigrinya of Ethiopia name meaning "my hope."

TESSEMA: Amharic of Ethiopia name meaning "he has been heard, people listen to him."

TEWODROS: Ethiopian version of Greek Theodore, meaning "gift of god."

TOBECHUKWU: Ibo of Nigeria name meaning "praise God."

TOMI: Kalarbari of Nigeria name meaning "the people."

TONYE: Ijaw of Niger name. Meaning unknown.

TUNDE: A Yoruba of Nigeria name meaning "returns." Most often used as a suffix in larger names. For example: BABATUNDE, "father returns"; OLATUNDE, "honor or wealth returns"; OMOTUNDE, "a child returns"; AKINTUNDE, "bravery returns."

TUTU: West African name meaning "cliff dweller."

UCHECHI, UCHI: Ibo of Nigeria name meaning "God's will."

VITA: Luya of Kenya name meaning "war."

WACHIRU: Kikuyu of Kenya name meaning "lawmaker's son."

WAMBUA: Kamba of Kenya name meaning "born during the rainy season."

WAMOCHA: Luhya of Kenya name meaning "never satisfied."

WANG'OMBE: Kikuyu of Kenya name meaning "one who owns many cows."

WANJALA: Luya of Kenya name meaning "famine."

WANJOHI: Kikuyu of Kenya name meaning "brewer."

WEKESA: Luhya of Kenya name meaning "born during harvest time."

XOLA: Xhosa of S. Africa name meaning "stay in peace."

YAHYA: Swahili name meaning "God's gift."

YAO: Ewe of Ghana name meaning "born on Thursday."

YAVU: Lunda of Zaire name. Meaning unknown.

YEKUNO AMLAK: Ethiopian name meaning "let him be good to God."

YERA: South African name meaning "warrior."

YERODIN: Congolese name meaning "studious."

YESUTO: Ewe of Ghana name meaning "belongs to Jesus."

YOHANCE: Hausa of W. Africa name meaning "God's gift."

YUSUF: Swahili and Muslim name meaning "the beautiful" or "he shall increase."

ZAHUR: Swahili name meaning "flower."

ZERE: Amharic of Ethiopia name meaning "the seed of, the descendent of."

ZEBENJO: Ibo of Nigeria name meaning "avoid sins."

ZESIRO: Buganda of Uganda name meaning "first born of twins."

ZIFA: Ijaw of Niger name. Meaning unknown.

ZOLA: Xhosa of S. Africa name meaning "quietness."

ZUBERI: Swahili name meaning "strong."