African Boy & Girl Names

Browse Baby Names By Category

African Names

The African continent is home to hundreds of indigenous tribes, each generally having its own language (or dialect) and culture. There are over 2100 languages spoken natively in Africa, making African baby names some of the most diverse in the world. From Akan to Bantu to Swahili, our African baby names list has many different varieties and representations of names, and includes info on the popularity, pronunciations, origin and meanings of the names, along with relevant historical and pop culture references. If you?re looking to honor your heritage, or just searching for a beautiful, meaningful name, take a look at our collection of African baby names.

Gender: Category:
Name Gender Origin Meaning Rating
Pili Girl Swahili Second child
Precious Girl English Loved; highly va...
Puleng Girl African Out in the rain
Quaashie Boy African Sunday born
Rabia Girl Swahili Springtime
Radhi Both Swahili Satisfied, conte...
Rafiki Boy Arabic Friend
Rahma Girl Swahili Compassion
Ramatulai Girl African N/A
Ramla Girl Swahili Divination
Rapula Boy African Father of rain; ...
Rashida Girl Arabic Rightly guided
Rashidi Boy Arabic Rightly guided
Raziya Girl Swahili Friendly, pleasant
Reem Girl Arabic White antelope
Rehema Girl Swahili Empathy; compass...
Rhamadhani Boy African Born during the ...
Rim Girl Arabic White antelope
Rima Girl Arabic White antelope
Roble Boy African Born during the ...
Rudo Boy African Love
Rufaro Girl African Exuberance; joy
Rukiya Girl Arabic Ascending, progr...
Runako Boy African Handsome
Ruqayah Girl Swahili Better, superior
Saada Girl Swahili Assistant; help
Sabah Girl African Sunrise
Sabiha Girl Arabic Beautiful, brigh...
Sabra Both Arabic Patient, enduring
Sadaka Girl Swahili A spiritual offe...