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.
ABEBE Amharic, Ethiopian
Means "flower" in Amharic.
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]
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".
ARJWANA Eastern African
Eastern African
AXMED Somali
Somali form of AHMED.
AZEEZ Arabic, Somali, Urdu
From the given name AZIZ.
DAWIT Ge'ez, Amharic
From the given name DAWIT.
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.
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.
MAXAMED Somali
Somali form of MUHAMMAD.
MIKAL Ethiopian
The Origin of Mikal comes from the Hebrew meaning... [more]
MOHAMED Arabic, Somali
Variant transcription of MUHAMMAD.
MUFASA Eastern African, Swahili, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Indonesian
Means "king" in Swahili, Hindi, Marathi, and Indonesian, of Sanskrit origin (see the given name MUFASA).
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”.
OMAR Arabic, Somali
Variant transcription of UMAR.
OSAS Somali
Variant of OSSAS
RAMADHANI Swahili, Indonesian
From Arabic رَمَضَان (ramaḍān), the name of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and a period of fasting for Muslims.
SAED Arabic, Somali, Persian, Urdu, Bengali, Dhivehi
From the given name SA'ID.
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.
TARIQ Arabic, Somali, Urdu
From the given name TARIQ.
TASIFA Amharic
Means “hope” in Amharic.
TESFAYE Amharic, Ethiopian
From the given name TESFAYE.
TESHOME Amharic, Ethiopian
From the given name TESHOME.
TUMAS Arabic, Somali, Urdu
From the given name TUMAS.
YUSUF Arabic, Somali, Urdu, Bengali
From the given name YUSUF.
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