Western African Submitted Surnames
Western African names
include those from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. See also about African names
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AGBAJE Nigerian, Yoruba
Meaning unknown. A bearer is Adewale
Akinnuoye-Agbaje (1967-), an English actor and model of Yoruba Nigerian descent.
Agu is an Igbo surname; the word Agu means Tiger in Igobo language.
This surname is very common in Nigeria. Possibly taken from a word in one of the Nigerian tribes languages.
COULIBALY Western African, Manding
Meaning uncertain. One popular folk etymology suggests that it is derived from Bambara kulun-bari
meaning "without a canoe", referring to someone who crossed a river or other body of water without the use of a canoe... [more]
DIALLO Western African
A common name throughout West Africa, it is the French transcription of a surname of Fula origin.
EJIOFOR Igbo, Nigerian
A famous bearer of this surname is Chiwetel Ejiofor, a British actor of Nigerian and Igbo descent.
ETIENAM Nigerian, Ibibio (?), Spanish (Caribbean, ?)
This is a name which originates from the Calabar/Akwa Ibom region of southeastern Nigeria. It means "a doer of good, or benevolent". It is also found in Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean such as Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Cuba (El Oriente) which have populations of people of Ibibio/Efik decent known as "Carabali".
GADŽO South Slavic, Akan (Rare)
It is assumed that Gadžo derives from the old-Indian gārhya ("domestic") and means, besides non-Rom, also farmer, villager, head of the house or husband.
IWUCHUKWU Igbo, African
It means God's covenant is unwavering. This name is a bearer is a testimony of God's command. This ia a Christian name.
The surname Joof (English spelling in Gambia) whit its derivatives Juuf / Juf (Seereer proper) or Diouf (French spelling in Senegal and Mauritania) is a Senegambian surname found amongst the Seereer people of Senegal, the Gambia and Mauritania... [more]
MALIK Indian (Muslim), Odia, Bengali (Muslim), Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Arabic, Indonesian, Nigerian
From the Arabic ملك (malik)
meaning "king, sovereign, monarch" (see Malik (1)
MAOULOUD Western African
Derived from Arabic مولود (mawlud)
meaning "born, newborn", used to refer to the مولد (Mawlid)
observance of the birth of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad
M'BARECK Western African
Derived from Arabic مُبَارَك (mubārak)
meaning "blessed, fortunate, lucky" (chiefly Mauritanian).
ODERASAK Yoruba (Rare)
It is Yoruba mispronunciation of the the name Oscar. It was a middle name that became a last name.
Odoemene roots from Nigeria. It has branched onward to America, and multiple other countries. It literally means 'yellow reluctance' in Igbo.
"Olatunji" is a Yoruba surname and a given name meaning "Wealth awakes again".
"The way of the rich man" or "The way of prosperity"
Means, "father's love". Has its history from Tiv origin. Its a common name amongst the Tiv people of Nigeria.
Means, "Remember the father". Father also used in the context of God.