African Submitted Surnames

African names are used in various places on the continent of Africa. See also about African names.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
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 Shona
Gwinyai means "be strong".
Gyasi Akan
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.
Haruna Western African, Hausa, Fula
From the given name Haruna.
Hassani Persian, Arabic, Swahili
From the given name Hassan.
Hatendi Shona
Meaning unknown.
Havyarimana Central African
Means "God gives birth" in Burundian and Rwandan.
Hawa Arabic, Somali, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name Hawa.
Human English (African), South African
Occupational name for a Hugh-man.
Igwe Igbo
Means "sky".
Ihekweme Igbo
Name used mostly by South Eastern Nigerians
Iman Arabic, Urdu, Somali, Bengali, Persian
From the given name Iman.
Irakoze Central African
Means "Thank God" in Burundian and Rwandan.
Isheanesu Shona
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).
Kalaba African, Southern African, Tonga
Means "forgetful person".
Kamara Western African
Used in Sierra Leone.
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.
Khalif Somali
Somali form of Khalifa.
Khumalo Zulu, Ndebele, South African
Zulu and Ndebele clan name meaning "descendant of the fish tribe".
Kodjo Ewe
From the given name Kodjo
Koffi Ewe
From the given name Koffi
Kofi Akan
From the given name Kofi
Kporaro Nigerian (Rare)
The name Kporaro translates into the English language as "PROGRESS" (literally Kpo which is "Go", Ra which is "OF" and Aro which is "FRONT" in which case the Ra implies "For" or "Of" thus Kporaro is literally "Go Of Front" or more properly "Move Forward")... [more]
Kyagumbo Shona
Meaning unknown.
Kyekyeku Akan
Meaning unknown.
Lebna Ethiopian
Means "spirit, essence" in Amharic.
Ledwaba Southern African, South African, Zulu
From Zulu meaning "rock".
Limo African
Most common in Kenya.
Louw Afrikaans
Louw is a surname that has pre 7th century Germanic origins. It is a Dutch/Flemish variant on the word Lowe, meaning Lion.
Luyimbazi Eastern African
This name is given to males belonging to 'Nkima' (Monkey) clan in Buganda kingdom, Uganda.
Lynx Southern African, English
Meaning "lynx" in English.
Madhubuti Swahili
A notable bearer is Haki R. Madhubuti, a writer.
Magombo Swahili, African, Swazi (Rare)
Meaning unknown, possibly related from the fore name of the same name. It means "leaves" (verb) in Swahili.
Mahalah African
zambian (tumbuka) name meaning intelligent. "mwana wa mahalah" means intelligent child
Majange Shona
Meaning unknown.
Makonnen Eastern African, Amharic
Derived from the given name Makonnen.
Malick Indian, Bengali, Pakistani, Western African
From the Arabic ملك (malik) meaning "king, sovereign, monarch" (see Malik 1), used by Indian Hindus and Muslims.
Manu Western African, Akan
Means "second-born child" in Akan.
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).
Masiye Chewa
Means "orphan" in Chewa language.
Masondo Southern African, Zulu
Derived from Zulu amasondo meaning "wheels".
Mathema Ndebele
The Mathema people mostly inhabit the Northern Matebeleland in Zimbabwe, however their clan names are linked and related of those other Nguni clans. These are as follows: ... [more]
Mathema Shona
Meaning unknown.
Mawere Shona
Meaning unknown.
Maxamed Somali
Somali form of Muhammad.
Mazigh Arabic (Maghrebi), Berber
Derived from Arabic أَمَازِيغ (ʾamāzīḡ) the Arabic designation for the Berber (Amazigh) people of North Africa. The word itself is ultimately of Tamazight origin, from Central Atlas Tamazight ⴰⵎⴰⵣⵉⵖ (Amaziɣ) of disputed meaning; in modern Central Atlas Tamazight, it means “free-man”.
Mbabazi Eastern African
A Bantu Uganda surname meaning 'grace' or 'kindness'.
M'bala Central African
Derived from the given name Mbala. This surname is borne by French comedian, actor and political activist Dieudonné M'bala M'bala (1966-).
Mbangwa Shona
Meaning unknown.
Mbappé Central African (Gallicized)
Borne by French professional footballer Kylian Mbappé (1998-), whose father is from Cameroon.
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.
Mbenguzana Hlubi (?), African
Hlubi word referring to an old cat with grey beard but in this instance it means grey-bearded leopard. Originates from one of the Nkwali tribe's early head?king Lusulengwe(Leopard's face)
Mboto African
Last name of a character from Australian soap opera, Home and Away. This is the last name of character Stephanie Mboto, duration 1996-97.
Meghnagi Jewish, Northern African
Sephardic Jewish, originating from the Libyan Jewish community. Most were from Tripoli, with a much smaller contingent from Benghazi.
Melaku Ethiopian, Amharic
From the given name Melaku, meaning "the angel" in Amharic. It is possibly related to Arabic/Hebrew Malak and Turkish Melek 2, also meaning "angel".
Mensah Western African, Akan
Means "third-born son" in Akan.
Messi African, Arabic, Italian
Famous bearer of this surname is Lionel Messi (born 1987-), an Argentinian footballer of Italian descent.
Messoud Western African
From the given name Mas'ud; used in Mauritania.
Meziane Berber, Northern African
From the given name Meziane (chiefly Algerian and Moroccan).
Mikal Ethiopian
The Origin of Mikal comes from the Hebrew meaning... [more]
Mikel English, Nigerian
From the given name Mikel.
Mirghani Northern African, Arabic
Sudanese name of unknown Arabic meaning.
Mkerref Berber (Modern, Rare)
Mkerref originated from the 1950s in Tangier, Morocco. The surname is rare and its holders have riffian (amazigh) roots, known as the Temsamanis originally. ... [more]
Mokrani Berber, Northern African, Arabic (Maghrebi)
Either from the given name Mokrane or derived from El Mokrani, a town in Algeria.
Mombeshora Shona
Meaning unknown.
Mopantokobogo Zulu
From Zulu meaning "big man".
Moyo Shona
Meaning unknown.
Mudzuri Shona
Meaning unknown.
Mufaro Shona
Mufaro means "Joy, happiness". It is a name of rejoicing
Munisi Eastern African
Found in Tanzania.
Mushohwe Shona
Meaning unknown.
Muzorewa Shona
Meaning unknown.