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
Somali form of Ahmed.
DERESSEAmharic, Ethiopian
From the given name Deresse or Deressa.
Meaning unknown.
IBRAHIMArabic, Somali, Urdu
From the given name Ibrahim.
JUMASwahili, Arabic
From the given name Juma.
Somali form of Khalifa.
Means "spirit, essence" in Amharic.
LUYIMBAZIEastern African
This name is given to males belonging to 'Nkima' (Monkey) clan in Buganda kingdom, Uganda.
Somali form of Muhammad.
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.
Means “hope” in Amharic.
TESFAYEAmharic, Ethiopian
From the given name Tesfaye.
TESHOMEAmharic, Ethiopian
From the given name Teshome.
Transferred use of the given name Warsame.
Means “excerpt” in Somali.
YAHYAArabic, Indonesian, Urdu, Malay, Swahili
From the given name Yahya.