For African American parents, choosing a name with roots in the great continent of Africa can be a remarkable way to honor a family’s ancestry and heritage. If you’re looking for a girl’s name that has a strong African connection, take a look at this list of popular names from that region of the world.
Nia is tops on the charts and might set up a little girl for success, as it means ‘purpose’ or ‘drive.’ Cadence or Cadance, meaning ‘queen mother’ or ‘incandescent,’ is another popular choice. Hanna means ‘forbidden’ in Hausa, a language spoken in parts of western Africa – does this one appeal to you? If not there are plenty more, including Nala, Zahara, Zendaya, and Ayanna or Ayana, just to get you started!
If you don’t find your name on this list, head over to our chart of the top 100 most popular girl’s names chosen by parents so far this year. Our baby name lists are updated regularly with data we receive from the Social Security Name Database, and are always showing the latest in name trends. Happy hunting and congrats on your pregnancy!