Manding Submitted Surnames

Manding names are used by speakers of Manding languages (including Bambara, Mandinka, Dyula and Maninka) in western Africa.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Ceesay Western African, Manding
Gambian surname of Mandinka origin, which originally indicated a descendant of a marabout, i.e. a West African Muslim teacher and religious leader.... [more]
Cissé Western African, Manding (Gallicized)
Variant of Ceesay used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Coulibaly Western African, Manding
Francization of Bambara kulu bari meaning "without a canoe", referring to someone who crossed a river or another body of water without the use of a canoe.
Fall Western African, Fula, Wolof, Manding
Meaning uncertain.
Kaba Western African, Manding
From a Mandinka clan name perhaps derived from the name of a village in southern Mali.
Mané Western African, Manding
From the name of a Mandinka clan, meaning uncertain.
Ouattara Western African, Manding
From the name of the Wattara or Watara clan of the Dyula people, believed to be derived from a word meaning "prince".
Sako Western African, Manding
From the name of a Soninke and Mandinka clan most likely derived from saaxo meaning "heron, egret".
Tangara Western African, Manding
Malian Bambara surname of unknown meaning.
Traoré Western African, Manding
Francization of Manding Tarawele, which is of uncertain etymology. It was originally used by 13th-century Malian warrior Tiramakhan and possibly means "going to call it".
Upamecano French (African), Manding (Gallicized)
A very rare French surname with African roots.