African Surnames

African names are used in various places on the continent of Africa. See also about African names.
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AFOLAYANWestern African, Yoruba
Means "walks like a wealthy person, walks with confidence" in Yoruba.
BOTHASouthern African, Afrikaans
South African variant of BOTH.
IDOWUWestern African, Yoruba
From the given name IDOWU.
IHEJIRIKAWestern African, Igbo
Means "the one that I have is greater" in Igbo.
KAMAUEastern African, Kikuyu
Derived from the given name KAMAU.
KARIUKIEastern African, Kikuyu
Derived from the given name KARIUKI.
KAYODEWestern African, Yoruba
From the given name KAYODE.
MAINAEastern African, Kikuyu
Derived from the given name MAINA.
MWANGIEastern African, Kikuyu
Derived from the given name MWANGI.
OBAMAEastern 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.
OKAFORWestern African, Igbo
From the given name OKAFOR.
OKEKEWestern African, Igbo
From the given name OKEKE.
OKONKWOWestern African, Igbo
From the given name OKONKWO.
OKORIEWestern African, Igbo
From the given name OKORIE.
OTIENOEastern African, Luo
Derived from the given name OTIENO.
PRETORIUSSouthern 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.
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