Central African Submitted Surnames

Central African names include those from Angola, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equitorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of the Congo. See also about African names.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Bolingoli Central African, Lingala
Means "shining" in Lingala. This surname is borne by Belgian soccer player Romelu Lukaku Bolingoli (1993-), more commonly known as Romelu Lukaku. Another famous bearer is Romelu's cousin Boli Bolingoli (1995-), also a noted soccer player.
Branco Portuguese, Central African
from the the portuguese word Branco meaning "white", referring to someone with light skin and/or hair
Djabou Arabic (Maghrebi), Central African
Meaning unknown. A bearer is Abdelmoumene Djabou (1987-), an Algerian footballer.
Eto'o Central African, Ibibio, Efik
Means "tree, wood" in Ibibio and Efik. It is found predominantly in Cameroon. The former Cameroonian soccer player Samuel Eto'o (1981-) is a famous bearer of this surname.
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.
Havyarimana Central African
Means "God gives birth" in Burundian and Rwandan.
Ilunga Luba, Central African
Means ‘To Unite’.
Irakoze Central African
Means "thank god" in Burundian and Rwandan.
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.
Kimba Luba
Best known as the international given name of a certain Tezuka character.
Kitsusu Kongo
The surname of a notable Congolese musician whose real first name was Philemon.
Kitumaini Central African, Swahili
Means "little hope" in Swahili, a diminutive of tumaini meaning simply "hope". It is mostly found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Makélélé Central African, Lingala (Gallicized)
Gallicized form of Makelele. A notable bearer is the French former soccer player Claude Makélélé (1973-).
Makelele Central African, Lingala
Means "noises" in Lingala, possibly a nickname for a noisy person.
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-).
Mbappé Central African (Gallicized)
Borne by French professional footballer Kylian Mbappé (1998-), whose father is from Cameroon.
Mpungu Kongo
Means ‘gorilla’ in Yombe and ‘creator’ in its relative Ntandu.
Ndzengue Central African (?)
Unknown. One notable bearer of the surname is Fahd Richard Ndzengue Moubeti, a Gabonese professional footballer.
Ngoy Central African
Means "lion" in Baluba cultures, identifying someone from a warrior or hunting family.
Nshimirimana Central African
Means "I thank God" in Burundian.
Peres Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Gascon, Breton, Central African
Means "son of Pedro" in Spanish and Portuguese. Means "son of Pere" in Catalan... [more]
Sunga Bemba, Central African
Sunga is a surname of the Bemba tribe, meaning "a person that takes care of others".... [more]
Tombura Zande, Central African
Tombura is of unknown etymology.
Tshibuabua Central African
A notable bearer is Martin Tshibuabua, a soccer player.