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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 Meaning M/F Celebrity Baby? Celebrity? Shortlist
Abebi African Asked for (Nigerian).
Boy Yes Shortlist
Abena African - Boy Shortlist
ABRIHET African Tigrinya of Ethiopia female name meaning 'she has made it light, she emanates light.'
Boy Shortlist
ACHAN African - Shortlist
ADAMA African Ibo of Nigeria female name meaning 'beautiful child' or 'queenly.'
Boy Shortlist
ADANECH African Amharic and Tigrinya of Ethiopia female name meaning 'she has rescued them.'
Boy Shortlist
AKPENAMAWU African - Boy Shortlist
AYO African Yoruba of Nigeria name meaning 'joy.'
Boy Shortlist
AKUA African Akan of Ghana name for females born on Wednesday.
Boy Shortlist
AZINZA African The word for 'mermaid' in the Mina language of Togo.
Boy Shortlist
ALITASH African Amharic of Ethiopia female name meaning 'may I not lose you, may I find you always my precious.' May be shortened to Tash.
Boy Shortlist
AZMERA African Male and female name in both Amharic and Tigrinya languages of Ethiopia. It means 'harvest.'
Boy Shortlist
AMACHI African Ibo of Nigeria name meaning 'who knows what God has brought us through this child.'
Boy Shortlist
Bahati African Lucky, fortunate (Swahili)
Boy Shortlist
AMANISHAKHETE African The 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.'
Boy Shortlist
BERHANE African - Shortlist
AMINATA African A popular female name among the Wolof of Senegal.
Boy Shortlist
Binta African With God
Boy Shortlist
ANNAKIYA African This means 'sweet face' in Hausa language.
Boy Shortlist
BUCHI African - Shortlist
ANULIKA African Ibo of eastern Nigeria name meaning 'happiness is the best.'
Boy Shortlist
BUPE African A Nyakyusa of Tanzania female name meaning 'hospitality.'
Boy Shortlist
Adanna African Her father's daughter (Nigerian)
Boy Shortlist
ANYANGO African Af of Kenya name meaning 'friend.'
Boy Shortlist
CHANYA African A Taita people of Kenya female name; meaning unknown.
Boy Shortlist
ADETOUN African Yoruba of Nigeria female name meaning 'princess.'
Boy Shortlist
ARET African Ibibio of Nigeria name for female children born on market day, called Edet.
Boy Shortlist
CHICHA African A Kiswahili word meaning 'grated coconut.'
Boy Shortlist
ADHIAMBO African Luo of Kenya name for females born after sunset.
Boy Shortlist
ARUSI African Swahili name for girls born at the time of a wedding. 'Arusi' is the Kiswahili word for wedding.
Boy Shortlist
CHINAKA African An Ibo of Nigeria female name meaning 'God decides.'
Boy Shortlist
AFAFA African - Shortlist
ASHAKI African West African female name meaning 'beautiful.'
Boy Shortlist
DADA African Yoruba of Nigeria name for children with curly hair.
Girl Shortlist
AFUA African Born on Friday.
Boy Shortlist
ASMINA African - Shortlist
DELA African - Shortlist
AGBENYAGA African - Shortlist
ASSAGGI African Zimbabwe name meaning 'strong.'
Boy Shortlist
DELA O KANDE African Nigerian name for girls born after many males.
Boy Shortlist
AKIM African - Girl Shortlist
ATSUKPI African - Shortlist
AKOSUA African Akan or Ahsanti of Ghana name for females born on Sunday.
Boy Shortlist
AYAN African Somali female name meaning 'bright.'
Boy Shortlist
Efia African - Boy Shortlist
IYANGURA African Nyanja of Zambia name meaning 'to arbitrate' or 'to perform ceremonies for the birth of twins.'
Boy Shortlist
LISHAN African Amharic name meaning 'award, medal.'
Boy Shortlist
EFRA African A popular female name in Egypt.
Boy Shortlist
JAINEBA African Popular Wolof of Senegal name. Meaning unknown.
Boy Shortlist
LOIYAN African Masai of Kenya name. Meaning unknown.
Boy Shortlist