180 South African Baby Name Ideas For Boys And Girls

180 South African Baby Name Ideas For Boys And Girls

The most popular baby name for boys in 2018 in South Africa was Enzokuhle; for girls it was Enzokuhle.

Every year, Stats SA publishes the Recorded Live Births report for the previous year. Recently they released the 2018 list of top baby names in South Africa. We also have a breakdown of the top boys' names, girls' names and surname per province. This includes names that didn't make it to the national list but came out tops in their province. Like Kungawo in Eastern Cape and Mia in the Western Cape, for instance.

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Enzokuhle was the most popular baby name for both boys and girls in South Africa again last year. But it topped the charts only in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Other provinces had other ideas of what constitutes a good baby name.

Last year Enzokuhle remained the single most popular name for both boys and girls in South Africa. Statistics South Africa reported it last week based on data drawn from the department of home affairsNational Population Register (NPR). The name literally translates from isiZulu as "do good".

But that name topped the provincial lists in only two regions, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, and featured in the top 10 of only one other province, the Western Cape.

Other provinces featured names such as Blessing and Liam as their most popular, while Junior was a popular first name in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape.

Baby Names in South Africa: Here are the top 10 names for boys and girls in each province last year

These are the top 10 baby names in South Africa chosen for boys and girls in each province, as registered last year:

Western Cape: Boys

  • Liam
  • Enzokuhle
  • Joshua
  • Noah
  • Othalive
  • Luke
  • Caleb
  • Kungawo
  • Alunamda
  • Elijah

Western Cape: Girls

  • Melokuhle
  • Enzokuhle
  • Othalive
  • Mia
  • Alunamda
  • Leah
  • Iminathi
  • Ava
  • Faith
  • Isabella

Eastern Cape: Boys

  • Enzokuhle
  • Alunamda
  • Kungawo
  • Othalive
  • Melokuhle
  • Likuwe
  • Lingomso
  • Lubanzi
  • Iminathi
  • Luphawu

Eastern Cape: Girls

  • Enzokuhle
  • Alunamda
  • Iminathi
  • Melokuhle
  • Othalive
  • Likuwe
  • Khayone
  • Lingomso
  • Kungawo
  • Olothando

Northern Cape: Boys

  • Lethabo
  • Amogelang
  • Junior
  • Jayden
  • Leano
  • Bokamoso
  • Katlego
  • Ofentse
  • Lebogang
  • Omaatla

Northern Cape: Girls

  • Reatlegile
  • Remofilwe
  • Rethabile
  • Omolemo
  • Onthatile
  • Rorisang
  • Reneilwe
  • Tshegofatso
  • Warona
  • Omaatla

Free State: Boys

  • Lethabo
  • Katleho
  • Amohelang
  • Letlotlo
  • Bokamoso
  • Kamohelo
  • Bokang
  • Lesedi
  • Mpho
  • Siyabonga

Free State: Girls

  • Amohelang
  • Bokamoso
  • Rethabile
  • Relebohile
  • Omphile
  • Bonolo
  • Oratilwe
  • Lethabo
  • Lesedi
  • Naledi

KwaZulu-Natal: Boys

  • Enzokuhle
  • Lubanzi
  • Melokuhle
  • Bandile
  • Ayabonga
  • Bayanda
  • Lethokuhle
  • Banele
  • Philasande
  • Alwande

KwaZulu-Natal: Girls

  • Enzokuhle
  • Asemahle
  • Okuhle
  • Lisakhanya
  • Emihle
  • Melokuhle
  • Esihle
  • Ziyanda
  • Luthando
  • Aphelele

North West: Boys

  • Lethabo
  • Amogelang
  • Onthatile
  • Bokamoso
  • Ofentse
  • Oratile
  • Katlego
  • Reatlegile
  • Omphile
  • Kamogelo

North West: Girls

  • Onthatile
  • Reatlegile
  • Remofilwe
  • Rethabile
  • Amogelang
  • Olerato
  • Tshegofatso
  • Rorisang
  • Omolemo
  • Lethabo

Gauteng: Boys

  • Lethabo
  • Siyabonga
  • Bokamoso
  • Omphile
  • Thato
  • Lesedi
  • Ofentse
  • Karabo
  • Amogelang
  • Bokang

Gauteng: Girls

  • Amahle
  • Lethabo
  • Lesedi
  • Naledi
  • Bokamoso
  • Omphile
  • Karabo
  • Rethabile
  • Amogelang
  • Siphesihle

Mpumalanga: Boys

  • Blessing
  • Melokuhle
  • Siyabonga
  • Junior
  • Siphosethu
  • Lwandle
  • Lethokuhle
  • Nkosenhle
  • Bandile
  • Banele

Mpumalanga: Girls

  • Melokuhle
  • Amahle
  • Minenhle
  • Okuhle
  • Lethokuhle
  • Thandolwethu
  • Siphesihle
  • Sphesihle [without the first "i"]
  • Hlelokuhle
  • Angel

Limpopo: Boys

  • Lethabo
  • Katlego
  • Ofentse
  • Amogelang
  • Phenyo
  • Mpho
  • Kamogelo
  • Tshegofatso
  • Blessing
  • Karabo

Limpopo: Girls

  • Lethabo
  • Amogelang
  • Tshegofatso
  • Ofentse
  • Omphile
  • Rethabile
  • Karabo
  • Lesedi
  • Kamogelo
  • Katlego

If you need some inspiration for a nice South African name for your baby, here you go!

Also read: Celebrity Baby Names of 2019

 

 

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