Popular Swahili names for your kids
We all love popular Swahili names. Not only are they musical, they are also loaded with meaning.
We all love popular Swahili names. Not only are they musical, they are also loaded with meaning. The most popular Swahili names are typical conversation starters. When you hear names like Barack (meaning blessing) or Zalika (which means the one who was born well), you can’t help but chat about the name. Swahili names are perfect for parents who want their children to bear deep, meaningful and peculiar names.
But where do these popular Swahili names originate from?
Kiswahili (popularly known as Swahili) is the language from which Swahili names are coined. Swahili is one of the Bantu languages. It is the foremost lingua franca of most inhabitants of the African Great Lakes region, East and South Africa. Again, this eclectic language is an important lingua franca in Burundi, Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, and the DRC.
The history of Swahili names
By now, you’ve probably figured out that Swahili is the most spoken language in Africa. There are approximately one hundred million Swahili speakers in the world.
Before you adopt one of the popular Swahili names, take note of this short history 101 lesson. A huge part of the Kiswahili vocabulary is framed from Arabic.
According to historical records, many Arabs travelled to and traded in parts of East and South Africa. As the people mixed, they began to adopt some Arabic vocabulary as well as Arabic (Islamic) religion.
Now that you know the history of those fantastic Swahili names, let’s see a list of suggestions.
Most popular Swahili names you should consider adopting for your children
Akila Well read, or knowledgeable
Amani Aspirations or Desires
Amira Royal princess
Aneesa The one who is chaste, pure and unspoiled
Anisa Jovial or friendly
Asante Thank you (an expression of gratitude to God or man)
Alix Defending men
Asiya Caregiver or nurse
Bakari Promising person (someone who is full of potential)
Barika Blossom, excel and succeed
Chaniya Rich or wealthy
Chane The one with a heart that’s as strong as an oak tree.
Fatima To abstain
Hafsa Discerning (the one who has good judgment)
Hodari Powerful or strong
Issa God is my salvation
Johannes God is gracious
Jela The father suffers during wife’s his labor
Jata Heavenly star
Jamila Beautiful, gorgeous or elegant
Jina Born with leadership skills, or triumphant
Juma Born on a Friday
Jamba A hero
Julisha Advisor (the one who gives advice)
Jiona To beam proudly or to glow with pride
Khari or Khary Improved or better
Kamaria Bright as the moon
Kesi Born when father was in trouble
Kanene Important matter or person
Kaluwa The forgotten person
Kanika Black cloth
Latifa Gentle and kind
Msia Wise man
Mune The rules (or the laws)
Mwanahamisi Born on a Thursday
Mwamini Honest, truthful or trustworthy
Mzuzi creative (or the inventor)
Neema Born during a prosperous period
Nigesa Born during the harvest season
Okapi Related to the giraffe
Onyesha clear or sight
Otesha Till the soil or cultivate the earth
Penda (A variation of Penha) Beloved
Simba Like a lion
Shani Fantastic Woman
Samira Pleasant companion
Yusra Wealth or riches
Zuri Beautiful (or my rock)
Zarina Pure gold
Zakia Smart or clever
Final thoughts on popular Swahili names
Now that you have a list of popular Swahili names, your journey is almost complete. The next step will be choosing a name that fits your preferred guidelines. Whatever your preference, you will definitely find something you love.
Which names do you love best and why?
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