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African baby names (which include Muslim, Christian, Jewish and Arabic names) are beautiful, exotic, and full of meaning—think Barack (Swahili for “blessing”) or Aaliyah (meaning “to rise up”).

Top African Baby Names

From Zane to Imani, here are some of our favorite 2017 picks to get your search started.

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Ode

African: Born on the road, during travel (Nigeria)

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Zane

African: Well-born, noble (Swahili)

Egyptian Origin

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Zoya

African: A bargain (Hausa)

Slavic: Dawn; variant of Aurora; "Perhaps love is a compelling necessity imposed on man by God that has something to do with suffering."...

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Ada

African: First daughter

English: Prosperous, happy

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Imani

African: Faith

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Asha

African: Lively, woman, life; variant of Aisha

Sanskrit Origin

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Kali

African: Energetic

Greek: Rosebud

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Zain

African: Flower, from the Arabic word for flourishing (Swahili)

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Amina

African: Trustworthy (Swahili)

Arabic: Trustworthy or faithful

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Taj

African: Exalted (Urdu)

Sanskrit: Crown

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Lulu

African: Pearl

English: Pet form of names such as Louise, Louella, or even Lucy

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Ami

African: Saturday''s child (Ghanese)

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Uma

African: Second daughter (Nigeria)

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Ama

African: Born on Saturday (Ghanaian)

Norse: Eagle

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Shaka

African: The name of the Zulu tribal leader sometimes compared to Attila the Hun. Shaka shaped an amalgamation of tribes into the...

Hindi: From the Shaka

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Zola

African: Peaceful

Latin: Earth

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Dalia

African: (Tanzanian)

Arabic: Flower

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Issa

African: God is salvation (Swahili)

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Tau

African: Lion

Egyptian: Lion

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Amare

African: Possesses great strength

Arabic: Variation of Amar, which means "moon" in Arabic.

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Maha

African: Beautiful eyes

Arabic: Wild cow

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Omari

African: God the highest (Swahili)

Egyptian: High born

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Jamila

African: Beautiful

Arabic: Beautiful

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Kellan

African: Powerful

Gaelic: Slender; fair. Form of Keelan, Caolan.

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Nailah

African: Successful

Egyptian: Successful

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Ade

African: Royal (Nigeria)

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Bobo

African: Born on Tuesday

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Oni

African: Born on holy ground, blessed place (Yorba)

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Sabra

African: Patience

Hebrew: Unclear meaning, possibly to rest or cactus

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Haji

African: Born during the hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca (Swahili)

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