Shona Submitted Surnames
are used by the Shona people of Zimbabwe.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Chamapiwa means "that which you have been given". It is a call to appreciate that which you have from God
Chenai means "Be clean, be hygienic or come out clean"
Dambudzo means "that which causes suffering or trouble". #The Zimbabwean writer, Dambudzo Marechera is a famous bearer of this name".
Mufaro means "Joy, happiness". It is a name of rejoicing
Onai means "See, observe". #It is a name that calls the hearer to see or observe that which happened".
Tafara means "We are happy or we rejoice". It is a name of rejoicing
Tawanda means "We have increased or multiplied". #It is a name acknowledging the birth of a child as an increase to the family".
Tinetariro means "We have hope". Usually given to declare that we have our hope in God
Tonderai means "Remember". This name is given as a call to remember a particular event or to remember one's origins
Vimbai means "Have hope, trust". It is a call to have hope or to trust in
Vongai means "be thankful, or appreciative".
Wadzanai means "Have fellowship, visit each other, be on good terms". The name may be given as a call to family to come together in fellowship, visiting and being on good terms
Yeukai means "Remember". This name is given as a call to remember a particular event or to remember one's origins
Zadzisai means "you must fulfil - a pledge or promise". The name is given as a reminder to fulfil a pledge or promise
Zivanai means "You must know each other". #This name is a call to family and relatives to get to know each other by visiting and fellowship - usually so that they do not drift apart"
Zororo means "rest". #It may be given to mean that the parent has rested after the birth of this child". Zimbabwean politician Zororo Duri was a well known bearer of this name.
Zvaitika means "It has happened". This name may be given as a celebration that something that was desired or awaited has finally happened