African Submitted Surnames

African names are used in various places on the continent of Africa. See also about African names.
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ABDELLAHI Western African, Wolof
From the given name ABDELLAH (chiefly Mauritanian).
Possibly an Islamic male name or surname as well as Nigerian.
ABEBE Amharic, Ethiopian
Means "flower" in Amharic.
ABIOYE Western African, Yoruba
From the given name ABIOYE.
Meaning unknown.
Allegedly a feminine form of ACHAMPONG used in Ghana.
ACHAMPONG Western African
Variant of the Ashanti surname Acheamphong, meaning "destined for greatness".
Means "one crown has become two" in Yoruba.
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.
the name was mainly given to boys of the Dinka tribe ,mainly in the Upper Nile state of South Sudan. meaning is unknown but is synonymous with "tree"
AGUMANU Igbo, Trinidadian Creole
its an last name and first name that comes from an Igbo tribe in Trinidad
Meaning unknown.
Meaning unknown.
AHISHAKIYE is a both male (most) and female name which means "Whenever God want" and is originally from Rwanda. It is a familiar name in the East African countries speaking Kinyarwanda and Kirundi such as Rwanda, Uganda, RDC, Burundi and Tanzania... [more]
AÏT Berber, Northern African
Derived from Tamazight ⴰⵢⵜ (aït) meaning "son", also commonly used a component for compound names and surnames.
AÏTBRAHIM Berber, Northern African
Means "son of Brahim", from Tamazight ⴰⵢⵜ (ait) meaning "son" combined with the Arabic given name BRAHIM.
Akan name from Ghana. It means the one who gives birth to princes. Mostly spelt Acheampong mainly to make life easy for Europeans, however that spelling is wrong because there is no "c" in the Akan or Twi alphabet... [more]
ALBAZ Jewish, Northern African
Ashkenazic Jewish name meaning, "falconer" found mainly amongst Jewish peoples emigrating from Algeria and Morocco.
ALHASSAN Arabic, Somali, Urdu
From the given name AL-HASAN.
ALIOUNE Western African
From the given name ALIOUNE.
Meaning unknown.
AMEZIANE Berber, Northern African
Variant transcription of MEZIANE.
Meaning unknown.
ANNAN Western African, Akan
Means "fourth-born child" in Akan.
Anotidaishe means "the Lord loves us".
ARCHIBONG Efik, Ibibio
of Efik Origin, originally pronounced asibong but changed by the british to Archibong, meaning Kings Father, Kings Friend, (amasi Obong)
ARJWANA Eastern African
Eastern African
ASANTE Western African, Akan
From the ethnic name of the Ashanti, a sub-ethnic group of the Akan from southern Ghana. The name possibly means "warlike" in the Twi language.
AXMED Somali
Somali form of AHMED.
AZEEZ Arabic, Somali, Urdu
From the given name AZIZ.
AZI Afizere
Azi is actually pronounced Azīh which means "Unending, in ended father of many generations" it is named after children believed to become the origin or source of lasting families.
BABA Nigerian, Yoruba, Western African
From an honourific title used to denote a father, wise man, or an elder.
BARRY African
A Guinean surname meaning the family comes from the Peul, Fulani, or Foulbe ethnic groups of West Africa.
BATLOKWA Tswana, Southern African
a branch of the Bakgatla section of the Bantu speaking communities which originated from the Great Lakes and Northern Central Africa. Batlokwa are said to have been a breakaway branch of the Bakgatla which is another Bahurutse section of the Tswana people.
BEKKER Afrikaans
bekker is a regional form of Dutch bakker which means Baker
BENHAIM Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Variant of BEN HAIM used by Jews in North Africa.
Meaning unknown.
BOLAJI Nigerian
This surname is very common in Nigeria. Possibly taken from a word in one of the Nigerian tribes languages.
BOUHOUCHE Berber, Northern African
Kabyle name possibly derived from Arabic أَبُو (ʾabū) meaning "father" and حَوْش (ḥawš) meaning "courtyard, enclosure, farm" (chiefly Algerian).
BOUJETTIF Northern African (Archaic)
Meaning, "The family of the son of the Clever Head" or "One Whom Possess a Clever Head." Bou (normally used in the North African Regions of the Maghrib Countries) has 2 possible derivative meanings both originating from the Arabic language, "Son of..." or an Arabic word Tho meaning, "One Who Possess A Quality." Jettif is a variance of Jettef, Jeif or Ji'f which is derived from the ancient Tamazight or Imazighen (popularly known as Berber) and is pronounced "j-ixf" which means Clever, head, or brain."
BOUSHAB Western African
Used in Mauritania.
BUYS Afrikaans (Modern)
South Africa, Pretoria
CEESAY Western African, Manding
Gambian surname of Mandinka origin, which originally indicated a descendant of a marabout, i.e. a West African Muslim teacher and religious leader.... [more]
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"
CHÉRIF Arabic (Maghrebi), Western African
Form of SHARIF used in North Africa and parts of French-influenced western Africa.
CHIKOMBORERO means "a blessing".
Meaning unknown.
Meaning unknown.
CILLIËRS Afrikaans
Brought to South Africa by settlers of French decent some time in the past 300 years. Sometimes also a given name for boys.
CISSÉ Western African, Manding (Francized)
Variant of CEESAY used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
COULIBALY Western African, Manding
Francization of Bambara kulu bari meaning "without a canoe", referring to someone who crossed a river or another body of water without the use of a canoe.
DABIE Akan (Latinized, Modern)
Dabie was originally from the Bono people of Ghana and it is portrayed as a royal name amongst the people. Many individuals who have inherited this name are Chiefs. It's meaning is someone who's a Warrior.
DAMBE Hausa, Western African
Given from a martial art from the Hausa people.
Dambudzo means "that which causes suffering or trouble". #The Zimbabwean writer, Dambudzo Marechera is a famous bearer of this name".
Meaning unknown.
DAREGO Nigerian (Rare)
Meaning unknown.
DAWIT Ge'ez, Amharic
From the given name DAWIT.
DE BEER Afrikaans
De Beer is a Dutch and Afrikaans surname, meaning "the bear"
DE BRUYN Afrikaans
"Bruyn" is an archaic spelling of "bruin", meaning "brown"
DE KOCK Afrikaans
Means "The Cook"
DERESSE Amharic, Ethiopian
From the given name DERESSE or DERESSA.
DIALLO Western African
A common name throughout West Africa, it is the French transcription of a surname of Fula origin.
DIOP Western African, Wolof
From Joob, the name of a Wolof clan, which is derived from a totemic word meaning "black craned swan" or "peacock".
DJABOU Arabic (Maghrebi), Central African
Meaning unknown. A bearer is ABDELMOUMENE Djabou (1987-), an Algerian footballer.
from Togo Lome, Vogan in west Africa from the djokoto family.
DOLF African
Meaning unknown.
DOUCOURÉ Western African, Soninke
Meaning uncertain.
Meaning unknown.
DUBE Ndebele, Zulu
It means Zebra. It is usually a surname instead of a person's name used by Zimbabwean Ndebele people and South African Zulu people.... [more]
Dudzai means "Speak it out, confess it".
DU PLESSIS Afrikaans, French Creole, French (Cajun), French (Huguenot)
French topographic name for someone who lived by a quickset fence, Old French pleis (from Latin plexum past participle of plectere ‘plait’, ‘weave’), with fused preposition and definite article du ‘from the’... [more]
DUT African
Dut is a surname among the Dinka people in South Sudan.
Meaning unknown.
EJIOFOR Western African, Igbo
Means "one who acts in good faith" in Igbo. A famous bearer is British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (1977-).
EL BECHIR Western African
Means "the BECHIR", derived from the given name BASHIR. This surname is mainly used in Mauritania.
ELHASSAN Northern African, Arabic
From Arabic حَسُنَ (ḥasuna) meaning "to be good, to be beautiful" (chiefly Sudanese).
ELMALIK Northern African, Arabic
From Arabic الْمَالِك (al-mālik) meaning "the king" or "the owner" (chiefly Sudanese).
EL MOCTAR Western African
Derived from the given MOCTAR, a variant of MOKHTAR. A bearer is Jidou El Moctar (1985–), a Mauritanian runner.
ELYAS Ethiopian, Filipino, Malay
Form of ELIAS, latinized version of the Hebrew Eliyahu, "My God is Yahweh", found in Ethiopian, Filipino and Malay populations. See also the first names ELIAS, ELIJAH.
The name Engelbrecht has multiple translations, including "Angle Glorious" and "Bright Angel".
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".
Farai means "Rejoice, be happy".
FOURIE Afrikaans
Originates from French Huguenot settlers
GAYA African
African spelling, surname form, and variant spelling of Gaia. It is the 18,784th most frequently used surname in the world. It is borne by approximately 1 in 246,879 people... [more]
GRIGAHCINE Berber (Rare, ?)
Meaning unknown, perhaps of Kabyle origin. A known bearer is DJ Snake, who was born WILLIAM Grigahcine (1986-), an Algerian-French musician.
Gwinyai means "be strong".
Meaning unknown.
HABYARIMANA Central African
Variant spelling of HAVYARIMANA. This surname was borne by assassinated Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana (1937-1994).
HAKIZIMANA Central African
Means "God cures" in Burundian and Rwandan.
HALICHE Berber, Northern African
Variant transcription of HALLICHE.
HALLICHE Berber, Northern African
Kabyle surname of unknown meaning.
HAMADACHE Berber, Northern African
Kabyle surname derived from the Arabic given name HAMADA.
HARUN Arabic, Somali, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name HARUN.
HASSANI Persian, Arabic, Swahili
From the given name HASSAN.
Meaning unknown.
HAVYARIMANA Central African
Means "God gives birth" in Burundian and Rwandan.
HAWA Arabic, Somali, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name HAWA.
Name used mostly by South Eastern Nigerians
IRAKOZE Central African
Means "Thank God" in Burundian and Rwandan.
Isheanesu means "The Lord is with us".
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.
IZEM Berber, Northern African
From the given name IZEM, directly taken from the Tamazight word ⵉⵣⴻⵎ (izem) meaning "lion".
JALLOH Western African
Probably a derivative of Arabic JALIL.
JEDOU Western African
Found in Mauritania.
JEYI Shona
Porcupine. Wamambo. Strong, Courageous, Joyful and loving.
JLASSI Arabic (Maghrebi), Berber
From the name of an Tamazight (Berber) tribal confederation in Tunisia; the name could be from Arabic إِخْلَاص (ʾiḵlāṣ) meaning "sincerity, devotion, loyalty" or of unknown Berber meaning.
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]
JOZI Hlubi (?), African
A Hlubi word referring to a sword or spear mkonto,mkhonto,lerumo
JUMA Swahili, Arabic
From the given name JUMA.
KAHINU Eastern African, Ge'ez, Amharic, Tigrinya, Swahili, Somali, Malagasy
Means "clergyman" in several Eastern African languages, originally denoting someone who was a clergyman (see the given name KAHINU).
KASONGO Central African
A Congolese surname derived from the town with the same name, located in the Maniema Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
KAT Dutch, Frisian, Afrikaans, Jewish
Means "Cat" in Dutch, Frisian, and Afrikaans, perhaps originally a nickname for someone who owned a cat or somehow resembled a cat.
Somali form of KHALIFA.
KHUMALO Zulu, Ndebele, South African
Zulu and Ndebele clan name meaning "descendant of the fish tribe".
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