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Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Sanyu

Joy

African

Orma

Free Men

African

Raniesha

Princess.

African

Tiombe

Shy

African

Akosia

Born on Sunday

African

Falala

Born into Abundance

African

Alake

One to be Honored

African

Amandla

Power

African

Noxolo

Peaceful

African

Amondi

Born at Dawn

African

Okapi

Animal with Long Neck

African

Winda

Hunter

African

Xinavane

Spread, Propagate

African

Ashanti

Tribe

African

Mashaka

Trouble

African

Hanzila

Road, Path

African

Azuka

Support is paramount

African

Athiambo

Born in Late Evening

African

Nyah

Lustrous; goal, purpose

African

Lisimba

Lion

African

Addo

King of the Road

African

Ulan

First Born of Twins

African

Adola

The crown brings honor

African

Nea

Lustrous; goal, purpose

African

Thabelang Bonolo Mosa

Be happy, soft and humble

African

Whether it’s their sound that catches your ear or their meaning that captures your heart, African girl names are undeniably stunning. Several appear on the baby name charts, but many others are still waiting for their chance in the spotlight. Explore them with us.

While African girl names aren’t very common in the U.S., still you’ll find them on the baby names chart. Zuri usually trends the most popular, and we definitely see why. She’s fun, youthful, and fresh — making her the perfect name for a modern baby girl. Nia is another favorite, and we see her as a vibrant alternative to the more popular Mia and Maya. Armani is also well-loved, and with her association with the luxury fashion line, she’s a stylish pick loaded with glitz and glamor. You can sort by the most recent chart’s popularity on our site or use all-time popularity to find more common African girl names.

If you’d like to find something similar to popular names but not as common, you’re also in luck with African girl names. There’s Amali, a sweet alternative to Amelia and Emily and Lela, a sassy cutie that’s a close cousin to Layla and Lily. We love Safia too, a gorgeous sister to Sophia.

That said, rare names are some of our favorites, as they stick out in people’s mind and give your child a unique name identity. Mandisa is one of our standouts among African girl names, as she’s beautiful and bold. Kirabo is another head turner along with Kumani. While they may not be chart toppers, they’re certainly stunning and deserve more attention. We encourage you to explore further down the charts or use our surprise me button to browse names of varying popularity.

African girl names are often melodic on the ear, winning over parents who can’t get enough of their singsong nature. Ayanna is an obvious gem because of this, along with her meaning of “beautiful flower.” Alora is another beauty in sound and meaning, hers being “my dream.” Other ear-pleasing princesses are Adesina, Keyara, Kanoni, and Asatira, to name a few. There are many more waiting for you to discover, too.

As with other origins, the meanings behind African girl names are our favorite parts of them. As we all know, a great meaning can really make a name pop. Siyanda is a favorite of ours, meaning “we are growing.” Isn’t that adorable for the newest member of your growing family? Amaka’s “precious” and Tafariah’s “she who inspires awe” are out-of-this-world gems, too. You could go spiritual, with Aminali’s “faithful” and Nakimera’s “gift from God,” or you could go powerful with Faizah’s “victorious” and Jasira’s “courageous.” If you’re seeking a particular meaning, you can use our Search Baby Names tool and narrow to search African girl names with your chosen meaning.

Browse our collection of beautiful African girl names and see what special treasures you find.