Western African Submitted Surnames

Western African names include those from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. See also about African names.
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ABDELLAHI     Western African, Wolof
From the given name Abdellah (chiefly Mauritanian).
ABIOYE     Nigerian
From the given name Abioye.
ABOAH     Akan
Meaning unknown.
AGBAJE     Nigerian, Yoruba
Meaning unknown. A bearer is Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (1967-), an English actor and model of Yoruba Nigerian descent.
AGRINYA     Nigerian (Rare)
Means "warrior" in the Nigerian language of Yala. It was an earned name.
AGU     Igbo
Agu is an Igbo surname; the word Agu means Tiger in Igobo language.
AGUMANU     Igbo, Trinidadian Creole
its an last name and first name that comes from an Igbo tribe in Trinidad
AGYARE     Akan
Meaning unknown.
AGYEI     Akan
Meaning unknown.
ALIOUN     Western African
Variant of Alioune.
ALIOUNE     Western African, Wolof
From the given name Alioune (chiefly Mauritanian).
Meaning unknown.
AMISSAH     Akan
Meaning unknown.
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BABA     Nigerian, Yoruba, Western African
From an honourific title used to denote a father, wise man, or an elder.
BOAKYE     Akan
Meaning unknown.
BOLAJI     Nigerian
This surname is very common in Nigeria. Possibly taken from a word in one of the Nigerian tribes languages.
BOUSHAB     Western African
Used in Mauritania.
COULIBALY     Western African, Manding
Meaning uncertain. One popular folk etymology suggests that it is derived from Bambara kulun-bari meaning "without a canoe", referring to someone who crossed a river or other body of water without the use of a canoe... [more]
DAREGO     Nigerian (Rare)
Meaning unknown.
DIALLO     Western African
A common name throughout West Africa, it is the French transcription of a surname of Fula origin.
Meaning unknown.
DWAMENA     Akan
Meaning unknown.
EJIOFOR     Igbo, Nigerian
A famous bearer of this surname is Chiwetel Ejiofor, a British actor of Nigerian and Igbo descent.
EL BECHIR     Western African
Means "the Bechir", derived from the given name Bashir. This surname is mainly used in Mauritania.
EL MOCTAR     Western African
Derived from the given Moctar, a variant of Mokhtar. A bearer is Jidou El Moctar (1985–), a Mauritanian runner.
ETIENAM     Nigerian, Ibibio (?), Spanish (Caribbean, ?)
This is a name which originates from the Calabar/Akwa Ibom region of southeastern Nigeria. It means "a doer of good, or benevolent". It is also found in Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean such as Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Cuba (El Oriente) which have populations of people of Ibibio/Efik decent known as "Carabali".
GYASI     Akan
Meaning unknown.
IMAM     Bengali (Muslim), Urdu, Indian (Muslim), Nigerian, Arabic, Indonesian
From Arabic إِمَام (ʾimām) meaning "leader, guide", used to denote a leader within a Muslim community.
IWUCHUKWU     Igbo, African
It means God's covenant is unwavering. This name is a bearer is a testimony of God's command. This ia a Christian name.
JALLOH     Western African
Probably a derivative of Arabic Jalil.
JEDOU     Western African
Found in Mauritania.
JOOF     Serer
The surname Joof (English spelling in Gambia) whit its derivatives Juuf / Juf (Seereer proper) or Diouf (French spelling in Senegal and Mauritania) is a Senegambian surname found amongst the Seereer people of Senegal, the Gambia and Mauritania... [more]
KABIR     Bengali (Muslim), Nigerian, Pakistani, Indian (Muslim), Afghani, Persian
From the Arabic كَبِير (kabīr) meaning "big, large, great" (see Akbar).
Meaning unknown.
MALICK     Indian, Bengali, Pakistani, Western African
From the Arabic ملك (malik) meaning "king, sovereign, monarch" (see Malik (1)), used by Indian Hindus and Muslims.
MAOULOUD     Western African
Derived from Arabic مولود‎‎ (mawlud) meaning "born, newborn", used to refer to the مولد (Mawlid) observance of the birth of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad (chiefly Mauritanian).
M'BARECK     Western African
Derived from Arabic مُبَارَك (mubārak) meaning "blessed, fortunate, lucky" (chiefly Mauritanian).
M'BEIRICK     Western African
Most likely a variant of M’Bareck.
MESSOUD     Western African
From the given name Mas'ud; used in Mauritania.
MOUSSA     Western African, Arabic (Egyptian), Central African
Derived from the given name Moussa (see Moses).
NENGE     Tiv
Means, "see".
ODERASAK     Yoruba (Rare)
It is Yoruba mispronunciation of the the name Oscar. It was a middle name that became a last name.
ODOEMENE     Nigerian
Odoemene roots from Nigeria. It has branched onward to America, and multiple other countries. It literally means 'yellow reluctance' in Igbo.
Meaning unknown.
OLATUNJI     Yoruba
"Olatunji" is a Yoruba surname and a given name meaning "Wealth awakes again".
ONYILOGWU     Nigerian (Rare), Igbo (Rare)
Possibly means "he who is invulnerable to dark magic" in Igbo.
OSEI     Western African
Very popular surname in Ghana.
OUBEID     Western African
Mauritanian variant of Obeid (see Ubayd).
ỌYÁWÁLÉ     Yoruba, Nigerian
Means "the river goddess came home" in Yoruba.
Meaning unknown.
POPOOLA     Yoruba
"The way of the rich man" or "The way of prosperity"
QUARTEY     Western African, Ga
Ga surname of unknown meaning.
SAKYI     Akan
Meaning unknown.
SARPEI     Akan
Meaning unknown.
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.
SIAW     Akan
Meaning unknown.
SIKA     Akan
Meaning unknown.
SIRIBOE     Akan
Meaning unknown.
SOUEIDI     Western African
Mainly found in Mauritania.
SOUEILEM     Western African
Meaning unknown—this surname is mainly found in Mauritania.
SOW     Wolof
TAKYI     Akan
Meaning unknown.
TANGARA     Western African, Manding
Malian Bambara surname of unknown meaning.
TERSOO     Tiv
Means, "father's love". Has its history from Tiv origin. Its a common name amongst the Tiv people of Nigeria.
TRAORÉ     Western African, Manding
Manding surname of unknown meaning and etymology. It is a common surname in Western Africa.
Meaning unknown.
Means, "Remember the father". Father also used in the context of God.
UTHMAN     Nigerian
From the given name Uthman.
WIREDU     Akan
Meaning unknown.
ZEIDANE     Western African
Mauritanian variant of Zidane.
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