25 Popular African Last Names With Meanings And Origins – Scary Mommy

25 Popular African Last Names Rich In Culture And History

February 11, 2020 Updated February 26, 2020

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Bartosz Hadyniak

Last names provide a great bridge to our family’s past. African last names are popular around the globe. Due to a dark history of slave trade forced upon African colonies, these names are particularly common throughout the United States and Europe.

As Africa is made up of 54 countries (making it the second-largest continent in the world), its naming systems are diverse. Tribal, colonial, and linguistic influences all have a part to play. Many African countries also went without native last names until their colonizers imposed them. Given names in local languages were therefore adopted as surnames.

We’ve compiled a list of 25 African last names along with their meaning and country of origin. Check them out to see if your name made the list!

  1. Adébáyọ̀
    Origin: Nigerian (Yoruba)
    Meaning: ‘He came in a joyful time’ or ‘the king/crown/royalty meets joy.’
  2. Abebe
    Origin: Ethiopian
    Meaning: ‘Flower’ or ‘blossom.’
  3. Ababio
    Origin: Ghanaian
    Meaning: ‘Child that keeps coming or reincarnation.’
  4. Kanumba
    Origin: Tanzanian
    Meaning: Unknown.
  5. Keita
    Origin: Malian
    Meaning: ‘Worshipper.’
  6. Kimathi
    Origin: Kenyan
    Meaning: ‘Earnest provider.’
  7. Bankole
    Origin: West African (Yoruba)
    Meaning: ‘Build my house for me.’
  8. Gbeho
    Origin: Ghanaian
    Meaning: Unknown.
  9. Afumba
    Origin: Zambian (Lozi)
    Meaning: ‘When they plan.’
  10. Negga/Nega
    Origin: Ethiopian
    Meaning: ‘The night has passed.’
  11. Chidubem
    Origin: Nigerian (Igbo)
    Meaning: ‘Guided by God.’
  12. Abbas
    Origin: An Arabic name found throughout Algeria
    Meaning: ‘Lion.’

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  13. Quansah
    Origin: Ghanaian
    Meaning: ‘God is watching.’
  14. Mambwe
    Origin: Zambian
    Meaning: ‘The Lord is gracious.’
  15. Adomako
    Origin: Ghanaian
    Meaning: Unknown.
  16. Hassan
    Origin: An Arabic name found throughout Morocco
    Meaning: ‘Handsome,’ ‘manly,’ or ‘strong.’
  17. Mostafa
    Origin: An Arabic name found throughout Egypt
    Meaning: ‘The Chosen One.’
  18. Kasongo
    Origin: Congolese
    Meaning: ‘Bushbuck.’
  19. Chizimu
    Origin: Malawian (Lambya)
    Meaning: Unknown.
  20. Abdallah
    Origin: An Arabic name found through Sudan
    Meaning: ‘Servant of God.’
  21. Badu
    Origin: Ghanaian
    Meaning: 10th-born child.
  22. Teklehaimanot
    Origin: Ethiopian
    Meaning: Derives from the name Tekle Haymanot, an Ethiopian monk and saint.
  23. Okoro
    Origin: Nigerian (Urhobo)
    Meaning: ‘Child of the freeborn man.’
  24. Chedjou
    Origin: Cameroonian
    Meaning: Unknown.
  25. Abimbola
    Origin: West African (Yoruba)
    Meaning: ‘Born with wealth.’

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