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.
ABEBEAmharic, Ethiopian
Means "flower" in Amharic.
AMIRIPersian, Arabic, Swahili
From the given name Amir (1).
ARJWANAEastern African
Eastern African
AXMEDSomali
Somali form of Ahmed.
DERESSEAmharic, Ethiopian
From the given name Deresse or Deressa.
DUALEHSomali
Meaning unknown.
IBRAHIMArabic, Somali, Urdu
From the given name Ibrahim.
JUMASwahili, Arabic
From the given name Juma.
KHALIFSomali
Somali form of Khalifa.
LEBNAEthiopian
Means "spirit, essence" in Amharic.
LUYIMBAZIEastern African
This name is given to males belonging to 'Nkima' (Monkey) clan in Buganda kingdom, Uganda.
MAXAMEDSomali
Somali form of Muhammad.
MIKALEthiopian
The Origin of Mikal comes from the Hebrew meaning... [more]
MOHAMEDArabic, Malay, Somali
Variant transcription of Muhammad.
MUNISIEastern African
Found in Tanzania.
RAMADHANISwahili, Indonesian
From Arabic رَمَضَان (ramaḍān), the name of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and a period of fasting for Muslims.
SAYYIDSwahili, Muslim
From the Arabic honourific title سَيِّد (sayyid) which means "master, lord, prince, mister".
SELASSIEEthiopian, 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.
SHARIFBengali (Muslim), Urdu, Punjabi, Kashmiri, Indian (Muslim), Persian, Arabic, Somali
From the Arabic title شَرِيف (šarīf) meaning "noble, honoured, excellent", denoting a Muslim ruler, religious leader, or descendant of Muhammad.
SHEIKHIndian (Muslim), Bengali (Muslim), Urdu, Somali, Arabic, Persian, Punjabi
From the Arabic title شَيْخ (šayḵ) meaning "chief, chieftain, head", used as title to denote a political or spiritual leader of a Muslim community.
TASIFAAmharic
Means “hope” in Amharic.
TESFAYEAmharic, Ethiopian
From the given name Tesfaye.
TESHOMEAmharic, Ethiopian
From the given name Teshome.
WARSAMESomali
Transferred use of the given name Warsame.
XAABSADESomali
Means “excerpt” in Somali.
YAHYAArabic, Indonesian, Urdu, Malay, Swahili
From the given name Yahya.