Eastern African Submitted Surnames

Eastern African names include those from Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. See also about African names.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Abdi Somali
Abdi umm They use it cause it is good
Abebe Amharic, Ethiopian
Means "flower" in Amharic.
Adamu Amharic, Swahili, Hausa
From the given name Adamu (see user-submitted name).
Aguer Dinka
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"
Ahishakiye Rwandan
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]
Akello Eastern African
A Lou surname that originates from the name of a male ancestor, Okello or Akello. The ancestor was so named as he was a child born after the birth of twins. Lou personal names were given based on a circumstance of birth.
Alhassan Arabic, Somali, Urdu
From the given name Al-Hasan.
Amani Tigrinya
From the given name Amani (see user-submitted name) meaning "faith" in Tigrinya. It is possibly related to Arabic Iman or Swahili Imani, also meaning "faith".
Archangel Eastern African
From the given name Archangel.
Arjwana Eastern African
Eastern African
Axmed Somali
Somali form of Ahmed.
Baraki Ethiopian, Amharic
From the given name Baraki, meaning "one who blesses" in Amharic. It is possibly related to Arabic Barak 2 and Hebrew Baruch, also meaning "blessed".
Dawit Ge'ez, Amharic
From the given name Dawit.
Deressa Eastern African, Amharic
From the given name Deressa.
Deresse Amharic, Ethiopian
From the given name Deresse or Deressa.
Dualeh Somali
Meaning unknown.
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.
Harun Arabic, Somali, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name Harun.
Hassani Persian, Arabic, Swahili
From the given name Hassan.
Hawa Arabic, Somali, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name Hawa.
Iman Arabic, Urdu, Somali, Bengali, Persian
From the given name Iman.
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).
Khalif Somali
Somali form of Khalifa.
Lebna Ethiopian
Means "spirit, essence" in Amharic.
Luyimbazi Eastern African
This name is given to males belonging to 'Nkima' (Monkey) clan in Buganda kingdom, Uganda.
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.
Makonnen Eastern African, Amharic
Derived from the given name Makonnen.
Maxamed Somali
Somali form of Muhammad.
Mbabazi Eastern African
A Bantu Uganda surname meaning 'grace' or 'kindness'.
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".
Mikal Ethiopian
The Origin of Mikal comes from the Hebrew meaning... [more]
Munisi Eastern African
Found in Tanzania.
Noor Arabic, Urdu, Somali, Bengali, Persian
Variant transcription of Nur.
Nuur Arabic, Somali
From the given name Nuur.
Odhiambo Eastern African, Luo
East African surname derived from the given name Odhiambo meaning “born in the evening”.
Osas Somali
Variant of Ossas
Said Arabic, Somali, Urdu
From the given name Sa'id.
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.
Sinema Haitian Creole, Swahili, Turkish
The name Ireally doesI mean "Movie Theater" ("Cinema"). Other related words: "Picture, Charades, Bilet."
Tasifa Amharic
Means “hope” in Amharic.
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.
Tumas Arabic, Somali, Urdu
From the given name Tumas.
Ugas Somali
From the given name Ugas.
Yacob Amharic
From the given name Yacob.
Yusuf Arabic, Somali, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name Yusuf.