Baby Names

650+ African Girl Names With Exotic Spellings & Wonderful Meanings

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Overview

African girl names can be interesting and exotic monikers for your little girl. Your baby doesn’t necessarily have to be of African descent to have these beautiful names.

Some trending choices include celebrity names (e.g., “Zendaya”) or those that are featured in movies (e.g., Disney princess name “Tiana” of “The Princess and the Frog”).

You can find more choices below for the most popular, rare, or unique names for baby girls with meanings.

 

The Best African Baby Girl Names & Meanings (Arranged By Category)

  1. Abeni (African – Yoruban and Akan) – Rainbow baby name meaning “someone who is prayed for”
  2. Adabelle (African, Hebrew, and German girl name) – “Oldest daughter,” “adornment,” or “noble”
  3. Amara (AfricanIgbo, Latin, Sanskrit, and Italian girl name) – Name that means “grace,” “mercy,” or “kindness”
  4. Armani (African, Persian, and Italian name) – “Desire” or “faith”
  5. Bashira (AfricanSwahili and Arabic girl name) – “Predictor of good news” or “joyful”
  6. Becca (African – Bobangi, American, and Latin) – “Predict,” “to forecast,” or “borrow”; can also be a nickname for the biblical girl name “Rebecca” 
  7. Behati (African – Afrikaans) – “Blessing”; after Namibian model Behati Prinsloo (wife of Maroon 5 lead vocalist Adam Levine)
  8. Dhakiya (AfricanKenyan) – Long name for girls meaning “smart”
  9. Jamelle (AfricanSwahili and American gender-neutral name) – “One of great beauty”
  10. Johari (AfricanSwahili, Hindi, and Urdu) – “Gem,” “jewel,” or “something of value”
  11. Lateefah (North African and Arabic) – “Gentle and pleasant”
  12. Mahari (AfricanNigerian and Hindi) – “One who is forgiving” or “divine maiden”
  13. Maizah (African and Arabic) – “One who has good judgment”
  14. Safara (AfricanSwahili and Kenyan) – Name that means “fire”
  15. Semira (African and Hebrew) – “Highest heaven”
  16. Tiana (African American, Slavic, and Russian girl name) – Disney’s first official African American princess
  17. Zendaya (African – Zimbabwean and Zambian) – “Be thankful” or “to give thanks to God

 

What Are Cute & Lovely Black Girl Names?

  1. Abana (African and Hebrew) – Biblical name meaning “one of the rivers in Damascus (the capital of Syria)”
  2. Adebola (African) – “Honor is brought to her” or “she met honor”
  3. Ayah (African and Arabic) – “Miracle” or “sign of God’s existence”
  4. Daisha (African and English) – “The one who is alive”
  5. Dalila (African and Arabic) – “Desired,” “fragile,” or “delicate”
  6. Ixia (African girl name) – Flower name for girls that means “pine thistle” or “corn lily” 
  7. Kamari (African and Arabic) – Name that means “moon”
  8. Kamaria (African) – “Bright like the moon”
  9. Mandisa (African and Egyptian) – “Sweet”
  10. Nayla (Tunisian – African) – “Successful,” “the achiever,” or “attainer (one who accomplishes things in life)”
  11. Quanesha (African-American) – “Life” or “singing”
  12. Tinecia (African) – “God is with us”
  13. Winta (African) – “Desire” or “dream gift”

 

Eye-Catching African Names For Girls

  1. Abraha – “Girl born on a Tuesday”
  2. Adaeh – “Crowned, “pinnacle of a peak,” or “chosen”
  3. Babetta – “Foreign woman”
  4. Badriya – “Like the full moon”
  5. Chibueze – “Where God is the king”
  6. Firyali – “Extraordinary” or “unusual”
  7. Kuron – “Giving thanks”
  8. Mariatu – “Innocent” or “one who is pure”
  9. Nantale – “Totem of the lion”
  10. Safari – “An expedition” or “a journey”; might be better suited for use as a middle name

 

Legendary African Names From Mythology

  1. Achebe – “One protected by the goddess
  2. Lissa – “Supreme mother goddess” in African mythology
  3. Masara – Fantasy name meaning “magical woman”
  4. Mumbi – “Mother of the people” or “creator”
  5. Nalorie – Goddess of the earth
  6. Osa – “The goddess” or “the one closer to God
  7. Oya – Goddess of the under river

 

Strong & Powerful African Names For Girls

  1. Ahnika (African) – “Beautiful ornament” or “ruler of the house”
  2. Aiysha (African and Arabic) – “Powerful and complete” or “prosperous”
  3. Amandla (African) – “Powerful woman”
  4. Amari (African, Latin, and Hebrew) – “Immortal” or “possesses great strength”
  5. Dalma (African, Hungarian, and Latin) – “Made of metal” or “one from Dalmatia (now a part of Croatia)”
  6. Diata (African) – “Brave as a lion”
  7. Eshe (African and Egyptian) – “Immortal”
  8. Gasira (AfricanKenyan) – “Brave”
  9. Jabari (AfricanSwahili) – “Brave one” 
  10. Jadwiga (African, German, and Polish name) – “Fighting a battle” or “safety in battle”
  11. Jelani (African and American unisex name) – “Mighty” and “strong”
  12. Kacela (African) – “Great huntress”
  13. Kimonia (African) – “Great woman”
  14. Nichelle (African, American, and Hebrew) – “Like God
  15. Nontle (African) – “The ruler of the deep sea” or “beauty’s mother”

 

African Girl Names (Based On Meanings)

What’s Beautiful In African Names?

  1. Adamma (AfricanIgbo) – “Beautiful girl” or “child of beauty”
  2. Alika (AfricanNigerian and Swahili or Hawaiian girl name) – “Most beautiful”
  3. Amahle (AfricanZulu) – “The prettiest,” “the finest,” or “the beautiful ones”
  4. Amurta (African) – “Beautiful” or “ambrosia” (drink that supposedly gives immortality)
  5. Ashaki (Western African) – “One who is beautiful”
  6. Calista (African and Greek girl name) – “Most beautiful”
  7. Delu (African – Hausa) – “The one and only beautiful girl”
  8. Fara (African and Arabic) – “Beautiful,” “lovely,” “joyful,” or “reason for rejoicing”
  9. Haiba (African and Arabic) – “Attractive” or “charm”
  10. Haseena (AfricanSwahili and Arabic) – “Pretty” or “beautiful”
  11. Jahmelia (African) – “Beautiful African woman”
  12. Jameila (African) – “She who is beautiful”
  13. Kimani (African – Kukiyu) – “Beautiful and sweet”
  14. Kitoko (African nonbinary name) – “Holder of the beauty”
  15. Maha (African and Arabic) – “Beautiful eyes,” “splendid,” “half-moon,” or a nature name meaning “gazelle”
  16. Zaila (African and Arabic) – “Beautiful, “good-looking,” “charming,” “power,” and “might”
  17. Zuri (AfricanSwahili) – “Beautiful” or “good”

 

African Girl Names That Mean Blessing Or Gift

  1. Addiah (AfricanSwahili and Hebrew) – “Gift from God” or “ornament of God
  2. Anaya (African and Sanskrit) – “Blessing of God” or “graceful”
  3. Ashida (African, Arabic, and Japanese name) – “Blessings from God” or “rice field”
  4. Ayaan (African, Indian, and Arabic) – “Gift of God” or “good luck”
  5. Babette (African and French girl name) – “Promise of God” or “my God is plentiful”
  6. Bunme (African) – “A gift that’s mine”
  7. Chinue (African – Ibo) – “God‘s blessing”
  8. Chipo (African) – “A gift”
  9. Efuru (African) – “Blessed” or “daughter of heaven”
  10. Fabee (African and Arabic) – “Blessing” or “favor”
  11. Fabunni (African) – “Given to me by God
  12. Hadaya (African and Arabic) – “Gift”
  13. Hibo (Eastern African – Somalian) – “Gift”
  14. Inayat (African and Arabic) – “Blessing of God” or “kindness”
  15. Kirabo (African unisex name) – “Gift of the God
  16. Makana (AfricanSwahili and Hawaiian) – “Girl who’s a gift to the world” or “reward”
  17. Masego (Southern African – Tswana) – “A blessing”
  18. Miesha (African and Arabic) – “Gift or blessing of God” or “alive and well”
  19. Mugisa (African – Ugandan) – “Blessing”
  20. Neliah (African) – “Gift or present from the town”
  21. Nkiru (African) – “The greatest will come” or “God will provide the excellent gift once more”
  22. Olufunke (African) – “Gifted from God to be loved”
  23. Oluyomi (African unisex name) – “Sent or delivered by God
  24. Omphile (South African) – “God gave” or “gift from God
  25. Tapiwa (African) – “She who was given as a gift”
  26. Zawadi (AfricanSwahili) – “Gift”

 

What African Girl Names Mean Hope?

  1. Asha (African and Arabic) – “Hope”
  2. Taraji (AfricanSwahili) – “Hope”

 

African Girl Names That Mean “Happiness”

  1. Lethabo – Unisex name meaning “rejoice” or “happiness”
  2. Temwa (African – Senga) – “Love and happiness”

 

African Girl Names That Mean “Sun”

  1. Adita (African and Sanskrit) – “One who belongs to the sun”
  2. Asis (African and Hebrew) – “Of the sun” or “new wine”
  3. Kianga – Name that means “sun” (beams of the sun)
  4. Nomalanga (AfricanZulu) – “Sunshine light” or “brilliant ”

 

African Girl Names That Mean “Angel”

  1. Malaika (AfricanSwahili) – “An angel of heaven”
  2. Nimeesha – “Dearest angel of the God

 

African Girl Names That Mean Light & Bright

  1. Aberash (Eastern African and Amharic) – “Shining” or “giving off light”
  2. Dazzline (African and English) – “Dazzling”
  3. Lesedi (Southern African – Sesotho) – “Beam of light” or “ray of light”
  4. Liseli (African – Zambia) – “Light”
  5. Nuru (African, Aramaic, and Arabic) – “Light”
  6. Sanaa (AfricanSwahili) – “Radiance,” “shine above others,” or “luminosity reflected by something”
  7. Zala (African) – “Shine and brightness” or a name that means “Rose”

 

African Girl Names That Mean Love

  1. Adenike (African) – “Affectionate,” “the crown is loving,” or “cherished crown”
  2. Bisa (African) – “Greatly loved”
  3. Charminique (African and English) – “Female child born out of love” 
  4. Habika (African) – Pet name for girls meaning “darling,” “beloved,” or “sweetheart”
  5. Hashiki (AfricanSwahili) – “Passion” 
  6. Hoyam (African and Arabic) – “Passionate love”
  7. Jumoke (African and Egyptian) – “Everybody loves the child” or “loved by all”
  8. Kaweria (AfricanKenyan) – “The loving one”
  9. Kendi (African unisex name) – “One who is loved” or “cherished”
  10. Lolovivi (African) – “Love is always there”
  11. Omolara (West African) – “The loving child of the family” or “child born at the right time”
  12. Oratilwe (African) – Pet name for a loved one meaning “dearest and darling one”
  13. Penda (AfricanSwahili and Namibian) – “Loved,” “beloved,” “admired,” or “be brave”
  14. Tene (African – Euroba) – “Love”
  15. Thandeka (African) – “The loved one”
  16. Thandi (AfricanZulu) – “One who loves deeply”
  17. Thandolwethu (African) – “Our love”

 

African Girl Names Meaning Princess

  1. Adaeze (AfricanIgbo and Nigerian) – “Princess” or “daughter of the king”
  2. Jahzara (African) – “Blessed princess”
  3. Nkosazana (African – Xhosa) – “Princess”
  4. Shahina (African and Arabic) – “Princess” or “falconess” (falcons are associated with royalty)
  5. Sura (African and Arabic) – “Princess,” “brave,” or “traveling by night”
  6. Urbi (African and Egyptian) – “Princess”

 

What African Girl Names Mean Queen?

  1. Rihanna (African and Irish girl name) – “Goddess,” “great queen,” or girl plant name meaning “basil”
  2. Thema (African and Egyptian) – “The queen”
  3. Zhenga (South African) – “Queen”

 

Favorite African-American Names For Girls

  1. Akilah – “Intelligent and logical”
  2. Ashanti – “African tribe name”
  3. Brianna – “Strong and virtuous”
  4. Gabrielle – “Woman of God
  5. Jendayi – “Thankful”
  6. Keisha – “Favorite”
  7. Kimmie – “Rock with diamonds”
  8. Makena – “Happy one”
  9. Natoya – “One who can dance”
  10. Samiya – “High person” or “sublime and noble”
  11. Sarda – “Hurried”
  12. Shakini – “The most beautiful one”
  13. Shanti – “Peace”

 

Northern African Names For Girls

  1. Aicha (African and Arabic) – “Alive and well”
  2. Alheri (North African – Hausa) – Name that means “grace”
  3. Anipe (African and Egyptian) – “Daughter of the Nile”
  4. Cleopatra (African, Egyptian, and ancient Greek name) – “Glory of the father” 
  5. Khadija (African and Arabic) – “Trustworthy” or “respected”

 

Southern African Names For Girls

  1. Gugulethu (Southern AfricanZulu and Xhosa) – “Treasure” or “pride”
  2. Mbali (AfricanZulu) – “Flower”
  3. Pretoria (African) – Place name in South Africa
  4. Tatenda (Southern African unisex name) – “Thank you”

 

West African Names For Girls

  1. Ahanti (African – Twi, language in Ghana) – Warrior name meaning “warlike”
  2. Asabi (African – Yoruban in southwestern Nigeria) – “One of select birth”
  3. Ayoka (African – Yoruban) – “One who causes joy all around”
  4. Ghana (African) – “Country in Africa
  5. Jenue (African) – “From the city of Jenue, Nigeria)
  6. Monifa (African – Yoruban) – “Lucky”
  7. Nasha (AfricanNigerian and Persian) – “Born during the rainy season” or “judge”
  8. Niana (African) – Place name after an African city in Mali
  9. Toure (Africa) – “One who belongs to Soussou (ethnic group in Sierra Leone)”

 

East African Names For Girls

  1. Aluna (AfricanKenyan and Hawaiian name) – “Come here,” “approach,” or “descent”
  2. Busara (AfricanSwahili and Tanzanian) – “Wisdom,” “foresight,” “prudence,” or “sense”
  3. Fadiya (AfricanSwahili) – “Redeemer”
  4. Faika (AfricanSwahili and Arabic) – “Better” or “superior”
  5. Farashuu (AfricanKenyan) – “Butterfly”
  6. Hiwot (Eastern African – Amharic) – “Life” 
  7. Jamelia (African – Somali) – “Beautiful”
  8. Jumapili (AfricanKenyan) – “Born on Sunday”
  9. Manica (African) – Place name for a town in Mozambique
  10. Mwassaa (AfricanKenyan) – “Everywhere”
  11. Nyokabi (AfricanKenyan) – “Of the Maasai people”
  12. Sadaka (AfricanSwahili) – “Spiritual offering”
  13. Wokabi (AfricanKenyan) – “She’s of the Maasai”

 

African & Arabic Girl Names For Muslims

  1. Abla (African – Akan and Arabic) – “Girl born on Tuesday” or “voluptuous”
  2. Adila (African and Arabic) – “Equal,” “upright,” “honest,” or “just”
  3. Amani (Arabic, AfricanSwahili, and Indian) – “Faith”
  4. Aziza (Hebrew and ArabicSwahili) – “Very precious”
  5. Faizah (African and Arabic) – “Victorious girl”
  6. Habiba (African and Arabic) – Pet name for girls meaning “beloved,” “darling,” or “sweetheart”
  7. Halima (African and Arabic) – “Generous,” “patient,” “mild-mannered,” or “gentle”
  8. Imani (AfricanSwahili and Arabic) – “Faith”
  9. Jamala (AfricanSwahili and Arabic) – “Well-mannered,” “pretty,” or “moon-faced”
  10. Jameelah (African and Arabic) – “Chaste woman,” “graceful,” or “beautiful”
  11. Mehr (African, Arabic, and Iranian) – “Blessing” or “seventh solar month”
  12. Neam (African, Arabic, and Hindi) – “God’s blessings”
  13. Neema (AfricanSwahili and Arabic) – “Born in richness” 
  14. Rashida (AfricanSwahili and Arabic) – “The righteous one”

 

Uncommon & Rare African Girl Names

  1. Absco (AfricanKenyan) – “One with an inventive mind” 
  2. Anana (African – Akan) – “Fourth child”
  3. Genet (AfricanEthiopian) – “Paradise” or “garden of Eden”
  4. Ghalyela (African) – “Very valuable”

 

African Nature Names For Girls

  1. Abeba – “Flower”
  2. Aoko – “Evergreen blue tree”
  3. Ayana – “Pretty and scented flower” or “flower that’s forever blooming”
  4. Bikita – “Anteater”
  5. Durah – “Pearl”
  6. Eega – “Palm bird who loves to fly” 
  7. Floarea – “Blooming flower”
  8. Haracha – “Frog”
  9. Hinaa – “Myrtle” 
  10. Jala – “Large freshwater fish”
  11. Jalah – “Small-leafed wild indigo plant”
  12. Kanoni – “Little bird”
  13. Keeya – “Flower of the garden”
  14. Kessie – “Lion”
  15. Kiho – “Fog”
  16. Kizzy – “Yellow flower”
  17. Kymbre – “Diamond-bearing rock”
  18. Loloo – “Pearls or gems in the ocean”
  19. Lulana – Name that means “moon” (shining moon) or a “guiding star”
  20. Marjani – “Corals”
  21. Marka – “Steady rain”
  22. Mesi – “Smoke” or “cloud of fine particles”
  23. Netta – “Shrubberies,” “trees,” or “gate”
  24. Nyeki – “Recently grown plant”
  25. Palesa – “Beautiful and majestic flower”
  26. Sanura – “Kitten”
  27. Tawanda – “Slender, young tree”
  28. Tisa – “Cypress tree”
  29. Wangari – “Leopard”
  30. Zahra – “Flower” or “shining”
  31. Zaire – “River”

 

Short African Girl Names

  1. Ada – “First daughter
  2. Bai – “Person of purity”
  3. Bao – “Gem”
  4. Dayo – “Arrival of joy”
  5. Deka – “Messenger from heaven”
  6. Duni – “Small” 
  7. Fola – “Glory,” “prestige,” or “honorable one”
  8. Hidi – “Root”
  9. Hija – “Daughter”
  10. Kaya – “Home”
  11. Kya – “Diamond in the sky”
  12. Lewa – “Beautiful person”
  13. Miah – “Dearest person”
  14. NalaDisney name meaning “lioness” or “lots of water”
  15. Nalo – “Most lovable person”
  16. Ni – “Blessings”
  17. Nia – “Purpose”
  18. Noma – “Farmer” or “cultivator”
  19. Nya – “Companion” or “friend”
  20. Ola – “Wealth” or “precious”
  21. Sala – “Gentle woman”
  22. Zora – “Dawn”

 

Long African Girl Names

  1. Amarachukwu – “Mercy of God,” “divine grace,” or “God’s grace”
  2. Amogelang – “Accept” or “receive”
  3. Avongara – “To tie”
  4. Beheshta – “Paradise”
  5. Chidinma – “God is good”
  6. Debelah – “Friendly and charming person”
  7. Dumisani – “Honorable and well-praised” or “give praise”
  8. Enzokuhle – “Do good” or “expected to do great things”
  9. Gawahir – “Precious stones or jewels”
  10. Katlego – “Success”
  11. Melokuhle – “One who represents good things” or “stand for what is right”
  12. Mukondi – “Dancer”
  13. Nakimera – “Talent or skills from God
  14. Nkechinyere – “God‘s pleasure which came to this world”
  15. Nyathera – “Being modest”
  16. Nyawira – “Hard working”
  17. Olajuwan – “Exaltation of the triumph”
  18. Sarafina – “Bright star”
  19. Tafadzwa – “We’re pleased”
  20. Tenesha – “Girl born on a Monday”
  21. Terehasa – “Blessed one”
  22. Tinashe – “God is always with us” or “belief in God
  23. Waitherero – “The better one”

 

African Versions Of Names From Around The World

  1. Anika (African and Sanskrit) – “Graceful young girl”; variant of the Greek name “Anna”
  2. Hana (African, Hawaiian, and Japanese girl name) – “Gracious”; variant of “Hannah”
  3. Ianthe (African and Greek girl name) – “Flower of purple or violet color”
  4. Kataleya (African and Spanish girl name) – “Pure”; variant of “Cattleya” or “Cattley’s flower”
  5. Okal (African) – “Victory of the people”; variant of the Greek boy name “Nicodemus”

 

African Girl Names Based On Birth Date Or Circumstances

  1. Aba – “Girl born on Thursday”
  2. Abena – “Girl born on Tuesday”
  3. Abiba – “First baby born after grandmother’s death”
  4. Abiona – “Born during a journey”
  5. Abuya – “Born when the garden was overgrown”
  6. Achieng – “Born during the day time”
  7. Adhiambo – “Daughter born after sunset”
  8. Adjoa – “Daughter born”
  9. Afia – “Daughter born on Friday”; variant of “Afi” or “Afua
  10. Akello – “Girl born after twins”
  11. Akeyo – “Born during the harvest”
  12. Akia – “Firstborn”
  13. Akinyi – “Born in the morning” or “born during forenoon”
  14. Akosua – “Girl born on Sunday”
  15. Akua – “Child born on Thursday”
  16. Akuba – “One born on Wednesday”
  17. Aluoch – “One born during an overcast morning”
  18. Ama – “Child born on Saturday”
  19. Amondi – “Born at dawn”
  20. Angweng – “One born during the time of the white ants”
  21. Anyango – “One born during mid-day”
  22. Athiambo – “One born in the late evening”
  23. Atieno – “One born at night”
  24. Audi – “The last daughter”
  25. Awino – “One born with the cord around”
  26. Awo – “Girl born on Thursday”
  27. Bandele – “Born away from home”
  28. Chausiku – “One born at night”
  29. Dubaku – “Eleventh child” 
  30. Efia – “One born on Friday”
  31. Falala – “Born into abundance”
  32. Hamisi – “One born on Thursday”
  33. Kayin – “Long-awaited child”
  34. Kehinde – “Second child”
  35. Kiden – “Girl born after three boys”
  36. Kwamboka – “One born while crossing a river”
  37. Nafula – “One born during the rainy season”
  38. Nomasonto – “One born on Sunday”
  39. Nyambura – “Born in the rain”
  40. Nyanjera – “Born on the way”
  41. Onnie – “Child born in the divine place”
  42. Otieno – “Person born at night”
  43. Sisi – “Born on Sunday”
  44. Tanisha – “Girl born on Monday”
  45. Tarana – “Girl born during the day”

 

African Color-Based Names

  1. Afra – “White”
  2. Jwahir – “Golden woman”
  3. Kaniqua – “Black dress”
  4. Montsho – “Black-colored person”
  5. Neela – “Bluish shaded color”
  6. Tale – “Green”
  7. Wamuiru – “Dark-skinned beauty”
  8. Wamweru – “One who’s light-skinned”

 

African Twin Girl Names

  1. Adongo – “Second of twins”
  2. Apiyo – “First of twins”
  3. Banji – “Second of twins”
  4. Barongo – “Younger twin”
  5. Nakato – “Twin born after the firstborn in the family”
  6. Panyin – “Older twin”
  7. Taiwo – “First twin to see the world”

 

African Musical Names For Girls

  1. Kora – “Stringed instrument with 21 strings”; used extensively in West Africa
  2. Marimba – “Percussion musical instrument with wooden bars struck by mallets”
  3. Wambui – “Singer of songs”

 

Gender-Neutral African Names

  1. Abungu – “Of the forest”
  2. Adwin – “Creative person” or “artist”
  3. Amare – “Extremely handsome person sent by God to love”
  4. Chibuzo – “ God is leading the way”
  5. Chidubem – “One repaired by the Almighty”
  6. Chiedozie – “Planned by God
  7. Kaikara – “God’s traditional name” 
  8. Kione – “From nowhere”
  9. Luthando – “Love and adoration”
  10. Mirembe – “Peaceful nature” or “peaceful world”
  11. Naiser – “Founder of belief”
  12. Neo – “Skilled one” or “talented one”

 

African Girl Names From A To Z

African Girl Names Starting With A

  1. Abebi
  2. Abimbola
  3. Adana
  4. Adanne
  5. Adebowale
  6. Adeola
  7. Adhra
  8. Adisa
  9. Affrica
  10. Afiya
  11. Afolabi
  12. Akachi
  13. Amne
  14. Aparaa
  15. Aphra
  16. Arafa
  17. Arusi
  18. Ayira 
  19. Azana

 

African Girl Names Starting With B

  1. Baako
  2. Baina
  3. Beka 
  4. Binah
  5. Binta 
  6. Bishara

 

African Girl Names Starting With C

  1. Camara
  2. Capria
  3. Chalondra
  4. Cheche
  5. Chikelu
  6. Chikere
  7. Chinelo
  8. Cleotha

 

African Girl Names Starting With D

  1. Dabiku
  2. Dada
  3. Dembe
  4. Desta
  5. Dubaka
  6. Ducha

 

African Girl Names Starting With E

  1. Ebele
  2. Eidi
  3. Ekene
  4. Ekua
  5. Ekundayo
  6. Ellema
  7. Emene
  8. Esiankiki

 

African Girl Names Starting With F

  1. Fadhila
  2. Fahari
  3. Fallon
  4. Fana
  5. Fanaka
  6. Faraja
  7. Fayola
  8. Feechi
  9. Femi
  10. Fisseha
  11. Folami 
  12. Fumnaya
  13. Furaha 

 

African Girl Names Starting With G

  1. Gakeri
  2. Gala
  3. Gamada
  4. Gavivi
  5. Ghanima
  6. Gheche
  7. Gzifa

 

African Girl Names Starting With H

  1. Hadiza
  2. Hagos
  3. Hanuni
  4. Hanzila
  5. Hawla
  6. Hazina
  7. Hiari

 

African Girl Names Starting With I

  1. Ibbie
  2. Ife
  3. Indusa
  4. Ingumba

 

African Girl Names Starting With J

  1. Jahia
  2. Jamilia
  3. Japera
  4. Jariah
  5. Jela
  6. Jetta
  7. Jettie
  8. Jioni 
  9. Jira
  10. Juji
  11. Julene
  12. Julisha
  13. Juza

 

African Girl Names Starting With K

  1. Kabibe
  2. Kabili
  3. Kainda
  4. Kalei
  5. Kalere
  6. Kande
  7. Kanika
  8. Karasi
  9. Karimah
  10. Kaula
  11. Kecia
  12. Keishla
  13. Keita
  14. Kelenna
  15. Kenda
  16. Kenya
  17. Kerubo
  18. Kesin
  19. Kesslee
  20. Kia
  21. Kijana
  22. Kimya
  23. Kinfe
  24. Kioni
  25. Kissa
  26. Kubwa
  27. Kumani
  28. Kunto

 

African Girl Names Starting With L

  1. Laqueta
  2. Ledisi
  3. Leeda
  4. Lehana
  5. Lindiwe
  6. Loba
  7. Loveie
  8. Lu lu 

 

African Girl Names Starting With M

  1. Machupa
  2. Madana
  3. Mandere
  4. Mansa 
  5. Mardea
  6. Marini 
  7. Mashaka
  8. Meleni
  9. Meria
  10. Meron
  11. Messina
  12. Mhina 
  13. Mikenna
  14. Milandu 
  15. Miniya 
  16. Miyanda
  17. Modupe 
  18. Morathi
  19. Mugure
  20. Murigo
  21. Muthoni

 

African Girl Names Starting with N

  1. Naaila
  2. Naataanii
  3. Nafuna 
  4. Nailah 
  5. Naja 
  6. Nakeisha
  7. Naki 
  8. Naserian
  9. Nataki
  10. Nathaara
  11. Nathifa 
  12. Natine
  13. Nduta 
  14. Ngendo
  15. Ngina
  16. Ngozi
  17. Nisar 
  18. Njeri
  19. Njoki
  20. Nkechi
  21. Nkiruka
  22. Nnenia
  23. Nnenna
  24. Nombeko
  25. Nomuula 
  26. Noxolo
  27. Nsombi
  28. Nuzhah
  29. Nyaguthii
  30. Nyah
  31. Nyakio
  32. Nyala
  33. Nyarai
  34. Nyasha
  35. Nyla 
  36. Nyoka

 

African Girl Names Starting With O

  1. Obioma
  2. Ode 
  3. Okapi
  4. Okoth
  5. Oluchi
  6. Olufemi
  7. Omari
  8. Onaedo
  9. Oni
  10. Onika
  11. Ontibile
  12. Onyeka
  13. Onyekachi
  14. Osith

 

African Girl Names Starting With P

  1. Paka
  2. Pamojan
  3. Panya
  4. Peeta
  5. Pemba
  6. Phenyo
  7. Phomell
  8. Pulika

 

African Girl Names Starting With Q

  1. Qalhata
  2. Qbilah
  3. Quanda
  4. Quaneta
  5. Quinteena
  6. Quorella
  7. Qwara

 

African Girl Names Starting With R

  1. Ramla
  2. Raziya 
  3. Rethabil
  4. Rhaxma

 

African Girl Names Starting With S

  1. Saada
  2. Sade
  3. Saidah
  4. Saidi
  5. Salama
  6. Salihah
  7. Sekai
  8. Serwa
  9. Shange
  10. Sharik
  11. Simisola
  12. Sitembileq
  13. Siyanda 
  14. Subira 
  15. Sumana

 

African Girl Names Starting With T

  1. Tabia
  2. Tahira
  3. Takiyah
  4. Taleisha
  5. Tamala 
  6. Tamasha
  7. Tarisai 
  8. Tawia
  9. Tazara
  10. Tendai
  11. Tererai
  12. Teshi 
  13. Thembeka 
  14. Tiaret
  15. Tiassale
  16. Timberly
  17. Tiombe
  18. Titilayo 
  19. Tiwa 
  20. Tokunbo
  21. Tomika
  22. Tumelo 

 

African Girl Names Starting With U

  1. Uheri
  2. Ujana 
  3. Umi
  4. Uvatera
  5. Uzima
  6. Uzuri

 

African Girl Names Starting With V

  1. Vatusia
  2. Venda
  3. Visola

 

African Girl Names Starting With W

  1. Waceera
  2. Wairimu 
  3. Wakiuru 
  4. Walta
  5. Wamuhu
  6. Wangai 
  7. Wangera
  8. Wangu 
  9. Wanja 
  10. Wanjeri
  11. Wanjiku
  12. Wanjiru 
  13. Winda

 

African Girl Names Starting With X

  1. Xhosa
  2. Xinavane
  3. Xola
  4. Xolani

 

African Girl Names Starting With Y

  1. Yakini
  2. Yassah
  3. Yatima
  4. Yihana
  5. Yohance
  6. Yoruba
  7. Yumna

 

African Girl Names Starting With Z

  1. Zalika
  2. Zaya
  3. Zella
  4. Zene
  5. Zhuri
  6. Zina 
  7. Ziraili
  8. Zo
  9. Zoan
  10. Zola
  11. Zuna
  12. Zuwena
  13. Zweena

 

Bonus: Favorite African Baby Boy Names

  • Aadan – “Son of Adam”
  • Kofi – “Born on a Friday”
  • Mikaili – “God‘s messenger”; variant of the angel name “Michael”
  • Rafiki – “A friend” 
  • Russom – “Leader” or “head of the charge”

 

Factors To Consider When Choosing African Girl Names

  • Name meaning
  • Pronunciation – African names might not be pronounced the same as similarly spelled English words
  • Length – Many African names are long (though you can always pick a short nickname)
  • Combination with middle and last names – Read aloud your child’s possible full name to check whether it sounds good or not
  • Acronyms – Careful with the resulting acronyms of their names to avoid creating potentially embarrassing combinations such as “ASS” or “FAT”

 

 

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