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.
AHMADI Persian, Indonesian, Swahili, Arabic
From the given name Ahmad.
AMIRI Persian, Arabic, Swahili
From the given name Amir (1).
ARJWANA Eastern African
Eastern African
AXMED Somali
Somali form of Ahmed.
DERESSE Amharic, Ethiopian
From the given name Deresse or Deressa.
DUALEH Somali
Meaning unknown.
IBRAHIM Arabic, Somali, Urdu
From the given name Ibrahim.
JUMA Swahili, Arabic
From the given name Juma.
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, Malay, Somali
Variant transcription of Muhammad.
MUNISI Eastern African
Found in Tanzania.
ODHIAMBO Eastern African, Luo
East African surname derived from the given name Odhiambo meaning “born in the evening”.
RAMADHANI Swahili, Indonesian
From Arabic رَمَضَان (ramaḍān), the name of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and a period of fasting for Muslims.
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.
SHARIF Bengali (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.
SHEIKH Indian (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.
TASIFA Amharic
Means “hope” in Amharic.
TESFAYE Amharic, Ethiopian
From the given name Tesfaye.
TESHOME Amharic, Ethiopian
From the given name Teshome.
WARSAME Somali
Transferred use of the given name Warsame.
XAABSADE Somali
Means “excerpt” in Somali.
YAHYA Arabic, Indonesian, Urdu, Malay, Swahili
From the given name Yahya.