African Surnames

African names are used in various places on the continent of Africa. See also about African names.
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ABIODUN     Western African, Yoruba
From the given name ABIODUN.
ADEBAYO     Western African, Yoruba
From the given name ADEBAYO.
AFOLABI     Western African, Yoruba
From the given name AFOLABI.
AFOLAYAN     Western African, Yoruba
Means "walks like a wealthy person, walks with confidence" in Yoruba.
AYODELE     Western African, Yoruba
From the given name AYODELE.
BABATUNDE     Western African, Yoruba
From the given name BABATUNDE.
BOTHA     Southern African, Afrikaans
South African variant of BOTH.
IDOWU     Western African, Yoruba
From the given name IDOWU.
IHEJIRIKA     Western African, Igbo
Means "the one that I have is greater" in Igbo.
KAMAU     Eastern African, Kikuyu
Derived from the given name KAMAU.
KARIUKI     Eastern African, Kikuyu
Derived from the given name KARIUKI.
KAYODE     Western African, Yoruba
From the given name KAYODE.
MAINA     Eastern African, Kikuyu
Derived from the given name MAINA.
MWANGI     Eastern African, Kikuyu
Derived from the given name MWANGI.
OBAMA     Eastern African, Luo
From a rare Luo given name, based on a word meaning "crooked" or "slightly bent". It was possibly originally given to a baby who had an arm or leg that looked slightly bent immediately after birth. It could also possibly have been given to a child who was born in the breech position.
OKAFOR     Western African, Igbo
From the given name OKAFOR.
OKEKE     Western African, Igbo
From the given name OKEKE.
OKONKWO     Western African, Igbo
From the given name OKONKWO.
OKORIE     Western African, Igbo
From the given name OKORIE.
OLAYINKA     Western African, Yoruba
From the given name OLAYINKA.
OPEYEMI     Western African, Yoruba
From the given name OPEYEMI.
OTIENO     Eastern African, Luo
Derived from the given name OTIENO.
PRETORIUS     Southern African, Afrikaans
From Latin praetor meaning "leader". This name was adopted in the 17th century by Wesselius Praetorius as a Latin translation of his previous surname Schulte. It is now common in South Africa.
TEMITOPE     Western African, Yoruba
From the given name TEMITOPE.
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