African Submitted Surnames

African names are used in various places on the continent of Africa. See also about African names.
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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.
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.
MAHALAH African
zambian (tumbuka) name meaning intelligent. "mwana wa mahalah" means intelligent child
MAJANGE Shona
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.
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).
MASONDO Southern African, Zulu
Derived from Zulu amasondo meaning "wheels".
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”.
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 (Francized)
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]
MOHAMED Arabic, Somali
Variant transcription of MUHAMMAD.
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.
MWARUWARI Shona
Meaning unknown.
MWEUSHI African
salute to a king or chief spokesman.literally means "your excellency" or "your majesty". and is usually followed by another name and not used alone.
NAIDOO South African, Indian (Expatriate)
Variant of Naidu used by South Africans of Indian descent.
N’DRI Western African (Rare)
The meaning behind N’Dri is “ Nearby the river “
NENGE Tiv
Means, "see".
NENGOMASHA Shona
Meaning unknown.
NIANG Western African, Wolof
Refers to a member of the Deme, a Wolof clan whose symbol is the donkey.
NJIE African
It means path finder. It is an African surname only 11 people in the UK have this surname
NKRUMAH Western African
It is of Akan origin meaning "Great".
NOOR Arabic, Urdu, Somali, Bengali, Persian
Variant transcription of NUR.
NSHIMIRIMANA Central African
Means "I thank God" in Burundian.
NUA African
Means "second daughter" in African.
NUUR Arabic, Somali
From the given name NUUR.
OAKAAPO Mbundu
posibly a variant of okapako
ODERASAK Yoruba (Rare)
It is Yoruba mispronunciation of the the name Oscar. It was a middle name that became a last name.
ODHIAMBO Eastern African, Luo
East African surname derived from the given name ODHIAMBO meaning “born in the evening”.
ODIGE French, African
A Name from french Odige (O.DI Zeouf) zeouf with means egg Zeouf is spelled as ge to shorten the name. This surname means fighter The French has been known to be Lovely and the language of love un-violent... [more]
ODOEMENE Nigerian
Odoemene roots from Nigeria. It has branched onward to America, and multiple other countries. It literally means 'yellow reluctance' in Igbo.
OGYAMPAH Akan
Meaning unknown.
OKOTURO Nigerian
A surname most popular in Nigeria; meaning currently unknown.
OLATUNJI Yoruba
"Olatunji" is a Yoruba surname and a given name meaning "Wealth awakes again".
OMAR Arabic, Somali
Variant transcription of UMAR.
ONAI Shona
Onai means "See, observe". #It is a name that calls the hearer to see or observe that which happened".
ONGAI Shona
It is a form of the Shona name VONGAI.
ONYILOGWU Nigerian (Rare), Igbo (Rare)
Possibly means "he who is invulnerable to dark magic" in Igbo.
OOSTHUIZEN South African
Came from a village in the Dutch province of North Holland.
ORELIAS Nigerian (Latinized, Modern, Rare), Italian (Tuscan), Venetian
Means "golden", when coupled with a first name becomes "the golden". Varied from Orelia, "golden".... [more]
OSAS Somali
Variant of OSSAS
OSEI Western African
Very popular surname in Ghana.
OSY Nigerian
From Imo, Nigeria
OUAHMED Berber, Northern African
Kabyle name meaning "son of AHMED", from the Berber prefix ou- meaning "son (of)" combined with the Arabic name Ahmed (chiefly Algerian).
OUBEID Western African
Mauritanian variant of OBEID (see UBAYD).
OUYAHIA Berber, Northern African
Means "son of YAHIA", from the Berber prefix ou- meaning "son (of)" combined with the Arabic given name Yahia (chiefly Algerian).
OWUSU Western African, Akan
Means "strong-willed, determined" in Akan.
ỌYÁWÁLÉ Yoruba, Nigerian
Means "the river goddess came home" in Yoruba.
OYIAKWAN Akan
Meaning unknown.
OYINVWI Urhobo
A name from the history of the urhobo culture. It's been noted that the name indicate strength and is the name attached to it. The important vice of the tradition. Leads trivial matters in hope for liberty.
PHUKUNTSI Tswana, Sotho
This surname has multilayered meanings... [more]
POPOOLA Yoruba
"The way of the rich man" or "The way of prosperity"
PRINSLOO Afrikaans
Prinsloo is an Afrikaans surname. The name is derived from the dutch word Prins (meaning prince), and a loo suffix meaning clearing in the forest. Variant spellings include Prinzloo and Prinslo.
QUARTEY Western African, Ga
Ga surname of unknown meaning.
RAJKOOMAR Mauritian Creole, South African
Variant of Rajkumar used by Mauritian and South African Indians.
RANGARIRAI Shona
Rangarirai means "Remember, think over, consider".
RUFARO Shona
It is a form of the Shona name MUFARO.
SAED Arabic, Somali, Persian, Urdu, Bengali, Dhivehi
From the given name SA'ID.
SAID Arabic, Somali, Urdu
From the given name SA'ID.
SAKYI Akan
Meaning unknown.
SARPEI Akan
Meaning unknown.
SAYYID Swahili, Muslim
From the Arabic honourific title سَيِّد (sayyid) which means "master, lord, prince, mister".
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.
SESAY African, Temne, Loko, Limba, Kuranko
Is a Muslim Surname from Sierra Leone. It is used among many tribes.
SIAW Akan
Meaning unknown.
SIDDIG Northern African, Arabic
Derived from Arabic صَدِيق (ṣadīq) meaning "friend" (chiefly Sudanese).
SIKA Akan
Meaning unknown.
SIRIBOE Akan
Meaning unknown.
SNYMAN Afrikaans
Afrikaans version of the German surname SCHNEIDER, which is German for tailor.
SOUEIDI Western African
Mainly found in Mauritania.
SOUEILEM Western African
Meaning unknown—this surname is mainly found in Mauritania.
TAFARA Shona
Tafara means "We are happy or we rejoice". It is a name of rejoicing
TAKYI Akan
Meaning unknown.
TAMAZIGHT Berber, Northern African
Derived from ⵜⴰⵎⴰⵣⵉⵗⵜ (Tamaziɣt), the Berber (Amazigh) name for the collective Berber language family used in North Africa.
TANGARA Western African, Manding
Malian Bambara surname of unknown meaning.
TARIQ Arabic, Somali, Urdu
From the given name TARIQ.
TASIFA Amharic
Means “hope” in Amharic.
TAWANDA Shona
Tawanda means "We have increased or multiplied". #It is a name acknowledging the birth of a child as an increase to the family".
TERSOO Tiv
Means, "father's love". Has its history from Tiv origin. Its a common name amongst the Tiv people of Nigeria.
TESFAMARIAM Ethiopian
Meaning "Mary hope", from 'tesifa' (hope), and 'mariyami' (Mary).
TESFAYE Amharic, Ethiopian
From the given name TESFAYE.
TESHOME Eastern African, Amharic
From the given name TESHOME.
THERON Southern African, Afrikaans, Occitan
Habitational name for someone from any of various locations in Occitanie named Théron or Thérond, ultimately from Latin torus meaning "elevation, height, embankment". A famous bearer is South African and American actress Charlize Theron (1975-).
TINETARIRO Shona
Tinetariro means "We have hope". Usually given to declare that we have our hope in God.
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