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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