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150+ African Dog Names – Male And Female

It makes sense to give your Rhodesian Ridgeback an African-sounding name, since it was once used to hunt lions in the savannahs of Africa.

But maybe you also have a special connection to the continent, which is why you want to call your four-legged friend with a sonorous, African name.

Whatever the reason – here you will find many name suggestions and inspirations and maybe you will even find the right one!

Top 12 African Dog Names

  • Safari (travel)
  • Aza (strong or powerful)
  • Jambo (A Greeting)
  • Bheka (Guards)
  • Duma (Lightning)
  • Enyi (friend)
  • Obi (heart)
  • Tandi (fire)
  • Sengo (Joy)
  • Oseye (Happy)
  • Nandi (Sweet)
  • Zuri (Lovely)

Male African dog names

  • Adjo: “Righteous”
  • Admassu: “Horizon”
  • Ajamu: “The one who fights for what he wants”.
  • Ajani: “The one who wins the fight”
  • Aka-chi: “Hand of God”
  • Amadi: “Good man”
  • Asante: “Thank you”
  • Ayele: “Powerful”
  • Azibo: “Earth”
  • Bahari: “sea”
  • Barque: “Blessing”
  • Braima: “Father of the Nations”
  • Chijioke: Igbo name meaning “God gives gifts”.
  • Chikezie: “Well done”
  • Chinelo: “Thought of God”
  • Dakari: “Happiness”
  • Davu: “The Beginning”
  • Deka: “Pleasant”
  • Dembe: “Peace”
  • Duka: “Everything”
  • Dumi: “Inspirer”
  • Edem: “Freed”
  • Ejike: Igbo name meaning “he who has strength”
  • Ikenna: Name of Igboan origin meaning “power of the father”.
  • Ilori: “Special Treasure”
  • Iniko: “Born in Troubled Times”
  • Issay: “Hairy”
  • Jabari: “The Brave”
  • Jafaru: “Electricity”
  • Jengo: “Building”
  • Juma: name of Swahili origin meaning “Friday”
  • Kato: “Second of the Twins”
  • Kiano: “Tools of the Sorcerer”.
  • Kijani: “Warrior”
  • Kofi: “Born on a Friday”
  • Kwame: “Born on a Saturday”
  • Kwasi: “Born on Sunday”
  • Lencho: “lion”
  • Mahalo: “Surprise”
  • Nalo: “Adorable”
  • Nuru: “light”
  • Oba: “King”
  • Okoro: Name of Igbo origin meaning “boy”.
  • Oringo: “The one who likes to hunt”
  • Pharaoh: Title for ancient Egyptian rulers
  • Roho: “soul”
  • Sanyu: “joy”
  • Sarki: Name of Hausa origin, meaning “chief”.
  • Segun: Name of Yoruban origin meaning “conqueror”.
  • Thimba: “Lion Hunter”
  • Tirfe: “Spared”
  • Tumo: “Glory”
  • Tunde: Name of Yoruban origin meaning “return”.
  • Tut: Short for Tutankhamun, like the pharaoh
  • Uba: “Father”
  • Uhuru: Name of Swahili origin meaning “freedom”.
  • Urovo: “Big”
  • Uzo: “Good Road”
  • Wasaki: “Enemy”
  • Zesiro: “Firstborn Twin”
  • Zoob: “Strong”

Female African dog names

  • Abeni: “We have prayed and we have received”
  • Abiba: “The Beloved”
  • Adjoa: “Born on Monday”
  • Adola: “The crown brings honor”
  • Afi: “Born on Friday”
  • Akia: “Firstborn”
  • Amaka: “Precious”
  • Amani: “Peace”
  • Amondi: “Born at dawn”
  • Pineapple: “Fourth Birth”
  • Asabi: “One of choice birth”
  • Ayanna: “Beautiful Flower”
  • Badu: “Tenthborn”
  • Banji: “second born of twins”
  • Chausiku: Name of Swahili origin meaning “born in the night”.
  • Cheta: “Remember”
  • Chikondi: South African name meaning “love”
  • Chima: Igbo name meaning “God knows”
  • Chipo: “gift”
  • Cleopatra: ancient Egyptian queen
  • Delu: Hausa name meaning “The Only Girl”.
  • Dembe: “Peace”
  • Ekene: Igbo name meaning “gratitude”
  • Ellema: “Milk a cow”
  • Eshe: West African name meaning “life”
  • Faizah: “Victorious”
  • Falala: “Born to Abundance”
  • Fanaka: name of Swahili origin meaning “wealthy”
  • Fayola: “Be happy”
  • Femi: “love me”
  • Fola: “Honour”
  • Folami: Yoruba name meaning “respect me”
  • Gimbya: “Princess”
  • Gzifa: From Ghana, means “the peaceful one”.
  • Haracha: “frog”
  • Hazina: “good”
  • Hidi: “root”
  • Hiwot: Name from East Africa, means “life”.
  • Ifama: “Everything is fine”
  • Isoke: “Gift from God”
  • Isondo: Nguni area name, means “wheel”.
  • Iyabo: Yoruba name meaning “mother has returned”.
  • Izefia: “Childless”
  • Jahzara: “Princess”
  • Jamala: “Friendly”
  • Jendayi: “Grateful”
  • Jira: “Blood Relatives”
  • Johari: “Jewel”
  • Juji: “Bundle of Love”
  • Jumoke: Name of Yoruban origin meaning “loved by all”.
  • Kabibe: “Little Lady”
  • Kande: “Firstborn Daughter”
  • Kanoni: “Little Bird”
  • Karasi: “Life and Wisdom”
  • Kemi: Name of Yoruban origin meaning “God takes care of me”.
  • Keshia: “Favorite”
  • Kianda: “mermaid”
  • Kianga: “Sunshine”
  • Kijana: “Youth”
  • Kimani: “Adventurer”
  • Kioni: “She sees things”
  • Kissa: “First Daughter”
  • Kumani: West African name meaning “fate”
  • Leva: “Nice”
  • Lisa: “Light”
  • Loma: “Peaceful”
  • Maisha: “Life”
  • Mandisa: “Cute”
  • Mansa: “Conqueror”
  • Marjani: “Coral”
  • Mashaka: “Trouble”
  • Miyanda: A Zambian surname
  • Mizan: “balance”
  • Monifa: Yoruba name meaning “I am happy”.
  • Mwayi: Name of Malawian origin meaning “opportunity”.
  • Nacala: “Peace”
  • Nafuna: “Freed Feet First”
  • Nathifa: “Pure”
  • Neema: “Born to Prosperity”
  • Netsenet: “Freedom”
  • Nia: “Shiny”
  • Nkechi: “God’s Gift”
  • Nnenia: “Looks like Grandma”
  • Noxolo: “Peaceful”
  • Nsomi: “Well brought up”
  • Nyeri: “Unknown”
  • Nzeru: Name of Malawian origin meaning “wisdom”.
  • Oya: A goddess in Yoruba mythology
  • Rahma: “Compassion”
  • Rehema: Swahili name meaning “mercy”
  • Sade: “Honour bestows a crown”
  • Safia: “Friend” name of Swahili origin
  • Sika: “money”
  • Subira: Name of Swahili origin meaning “patience”.
  • Taraji: “Hope”
  • Themba: “Trust, Hope and Faith”
  • Tiaret: “Lion Courage”
  • Umi: “Servant”
  • Winta: “Desire”
  • Yassah: “Dance”
  • Yihana: “Congratulations”
  • Zendaya: “Thank you”
  • Ziraili: “Help from God”
  • Zufan: “Throne”
  • Zula: “Shiny”

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