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”).
From Zane to Imani, here are some of our favorite 2017 picks to get your search started.
African: Born on the road, during travel (Nigeria)
African: Well-born, noble (Swahili)
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."...
African: First daughter
English: Prosperous, happy
African: Lively, woman, life; variant of Aisha
African: Flower, from the Arabic word for flourishing (Swahili)
African: Trustworthy (Swahili)
Arabic: Trustworthy or faithful
African: Exalted (Urdu)
English: Pet form of names such as Louise, Louella, or even Lucy
African: Saturday''s child (Ghanese)
African: Second daughter (Nigeria)
African: Born on Saturday (Ghanaian)
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
African: God is salvation (Swahili)
African: Possesses great strength
Arabic: Variation of Amar, which means "moon" in Arabic.
African: Beautiful eyes
Arabic: Wild cow
African: God the highest (Swahili)
Egyptian: High born
Gaelic: Slender; fair. Form of Keelan, Caolan.
African: Royal (Nigeria)
African: Born on Tuesday
African: Born on holy ground, blessed place (Yorba)
Hebrew: Unclear meaning, possibly to rest or cactus
African: Born during the hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca (Swahili)