Eastern African Submitted Surnames

Eastern African names include those from Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. See also about African names.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ARJWANA     Eastern African
Eastern African
AXMED     Somali
Somali form of Ahmed.
DERESSA     Ethiopian, Amharic
Variant of Deresse.
DERESSE     Amharic, Ethiopian
From the given name Deresse or Deressa.
HAILEMARIAM     Amharic, Ethiopian
Combination of Haile and Mariam.
LEBNA     Ethiopian
Means "spirit, essence" in Amharic.
LUYIMBAZI     Eastern African
This name is given to males belonging to 'Nkima' (Monkey) clan in Buganda kingdom, Uganda.
MAXAMED     Somali
Somali form of Muhammad.
MUNISI     Eastern African
Found in Tanzania.
MUNISSI     Eastern African
Variant of Munisi.
OMAR     Arabic, Somali, African, Malaysian, Pakistani, Bengali (Muslim), Muslim
From the Arabic given name Omar.
ONYANGO     Luo
SELASSIE     Ethiopian, Amharic, Western African
Possibly means "trinity" in Amharic. A notable bearer was Haile Selassie (1892-1975), the regent and emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974.
SHEIKH     Indian (Muslim), Bengali (Muslim), Urdu, Somali, Arabic, Persian, Punjabi
From the Arabic title شَيْخ (šayḵ) meaning "chief, chieftain, head", used as title for a political or spiritual leader of a Muslim community.
TESFAYE     Amharic, Ethiopian
Means “my hope” from Amharic ተስፋ (täsfa) “hope, expectation”. This is the most common surname in Ethiopia.
TESHOME     Amharic, Ethiopian
From the given name Teshome.
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