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The Naming Complexity Of Africans
African people speak 2,000 different languages and comprise over a 1,000 various ethnic groups. Religious practices vary from Voodoo to Muslim to Christian, with many others in between. Major name types are indicative of usage and can imply geographical regions. They consist of Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, Western Africa, Yoruba, and Igbo. Interestingly, Nigerian names span the last 3 types of  5 classifications. The multitude and diversity of its inhabitants make Africa one of the most complex in naming customs on the planet.
The Continent
The first human habitation in the world and according to paleontologists, the origin of human beings, the African continent is the oldest in the world.1 With youths, aged 14-25, comprising over 20 % of the countries total population, Africa is also the youngest continent. Second only to Asia in population and size, Africa blankets 20.4 % of the Earth’s total land area. Africans number over 1 billion accounting for about 15 % of the world population.2 The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea (N), the Atlantic Ocean (W), the Indian Ocean (SE), and the Red Sea & Suez Canal (NE).
Name Derivations
Naming practices in Africa are often references to the circumstances or the birth’s timing. For example, Akinyi means “born in the morning”, Ige says “born breach”, and Abiodun “born on a festival”. Other names reference the day of the child’s birth: Esi (Sunday), Kwaku (Wednesday), and Khamisi (Thursday). Gender neutral, ordinal references for birth are also used, as in Mosi (1st born), Kunto (3rd born), Nkruma (9th born), and Kato (the 2nd twin).
Traditional African names may serve as descriptive parental desires for their children, like:
Yejide (of the mother)
Olanrewaju (future wealth is mine)
Dada (curly hair)
Azubuike (strong back)
Parental reactions to the child’s arrival in the world can also provide another name source, as in:
Abeni (we got what we asked for)
Amadi (seemed destined for death when born)
Chidimma (God is good)
Tafadzwa (we are pleased)
Ayomide (joy has arrived)
Words from a particular African tribe’s vocabulary are commonly used in naming. The name Simba means “lion” in Swahili, while in the Tswana and Sesotho tribes, the name Tau has the same meaning. Additional examples include Marjani (coral), Sefu (sword), and Masamba (leaves or vegetables).
Religious Practices
Africa’s 54 states and 9 regions were once predominantly Christian with small segments continuing to practice tribal religions, such as Voodo, and even smaller factions practicing Buddhism, Hinduism. However, over the past decade the nation has undergone rapid Islamization spreading from Africa’s northern horn, and presently, the religion of Islam is the most practiced faith on the continent.3 This religious transition has resulted in a transition from European and Christian names to Muslim names. This is further indicated on Africa’s current top ten baby names list surveyed online which is given below.

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Name Origin MeaningM/FCelebrity Baby?Celebrity?Shortlist
ACHANAfrican-Shortlist
ADAMAAfricanIbo of Nigeria female name meaning 'beautiful child' or 'queenly.'
BoyShortlist
ADANECHAfricanAmharic and Tigrinya of Ethiopia female name meaning 'she has rescued them.'
BoyShortlist
AbebiAfricanAsked for (Nigerian).
BoyYesShortlist
AbenaAfrican-BoyShortlist
ABRIHETAfricanTigrinya of Ethiopia female name meaning 'she has made it light, she emanates light.'
BoyShortlist
AMINATAAfricanA popular female name among the Wolof of Senegal.
BoyShortlist
BintaAfricanWith God
BoyShortlist
ANNAKIYAAfricanThis means 'sweet face' in Hausa language.
BoyShortlist
BUCHIAfrican-Shortlist
ANULIKAAfricanIbo of eastern Nigeria name meaning 'happiness is the best.'
BoyShortlist
BUPEAfricanA Nyakyusa of Tanzania female name meaning 'hospitality.'
BoyShortlist
AdannaAfricanHer father's daughter (Nigerian)
BoyShortlist
ANYANGOAfricanAf of Kenya name meaning 'friend.'
BoyShortlist
CHANYAAfricanA Taita people of Kenya female name; meaning unknown.
BoyShortlist
ADETOUNAfricanYoruba of Nigeria female name meaning 'princess.'
BoyShortlist
ARETAfricanIbibio of Nigeria name for female children born on market day, called Edet.
BoyShortlist
CHICHAAfricanA Kiswahili word meaning 'grated coconut.'
BoyShortlist
ADHIAMBOAfricanLuo of Kenya name for females born after sunset.
BoyShortlist
ARUSIAfricanSwahili name for girls born at the time of a wedding. 'Arusi' is the Kiswahili word for wedding.
BoyShortlist
CHINAKAAfricanAn Ibo of Nigeria female name meaning 'God decides.'
BoyShortlist
AFAFAAfrican-Shortlist
ASHAKIAfricanWest African female name meaning 'beautiful.'
BoyShortlist
DADAAfricanYoruba of Nigeria name for children with curly hair.
GirlShortlist
AFUAAfricanBorn on Friday.
BoyShortlist
ASMINAAfrican-Shortlist
DELAAfrican-Shortlist
AGBENYAGAAfrican-Shortlist
ASSAGGIAfricanZimbabwe name meaning 'strong.'
BoyShortlist
DELA O KANDEAfricanNigerian name for girls born after many males.
BoyShortlist
AKIMAfrican-GirlShortlist
ATSUKPIAfrican-Shortlist
AKOSUAAfricanAkan or Ahsanti of Ghana name for females born on Sunday.
BoyShortlist
AYANAfricanSomali female name meaning 'bright.'
BoyShortlist
AKPENAMAWUAfrican-BoyShortlist
AYOAfricanYoruba of Nigeria name meaning 'joy.'
BoyShortlist
AKUAAfricanAkan of Ghana name for females born on Wednesday.
BoyShortlist
AZINZAAfricanThe word for 'mermaid' in the Mina language of Togo.
BoyShortlist
ALITASHAfricanAmharic of Ethiopia female name meaning 'may I not lose you, may I find you always my precious.' May be shortened to Tash.
BoyShortlist
AZMERAAfricanMale and female name in both Amharic and Tigrinya languages of Ethiopia. It means 'harvest.'
BoyShortlist
AMACHIAfricanIbo of Nigeria name meaning 'who knows what God has brought us through this child.'
BoyShortlist
BahatiAfricanLucky, fortunate (Swahili)
BoyShortlist
AMANISHAKHETEAfricanThe name of one of the Candaces, or Queen Mothers, of the Nubian kingdom of Kush (now northern Sudan). This name could be shortened to AMANI, itself a Kiswahili word meaning 'peace.'
BoyShortlist
BERHANEAfrican-Shortlist
FANAAfricanAmharic and Tigrinya of Ethiopia name meaning 'light.'
BoyShortlist
JWAHIRAfricanSomali name meaning 'golden woman.'
BoyShortlist
MAPENZIAfricanSwahili name meaning 'beloved.' MPENZI
BoyShortlist
FANTAAfricanGuinea and Cote D'Ivoire name meaning 'beautiful day.'
BoyShortlist
KADIJAAfricanSwahili name meaning 'born prematurely.' KHADIJA
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MARIAMAAfricanPopular W. African name meaning 'gift of God.'
BoyShortlist
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