All Nigerian names have their uniqueness and mostly, this uniqueness stems from the meaning attached to each of the names. Circumstances that surround the birth of a child and future expectations from the child, largely contribute to the meaning of a child’s name. While there are names peculiar to a particular sex, there some that are generally suitable for both sexes. However, our aim here is to provide you with female names and their meaning.
You all agree that Nigeria is diverse in terms of ethnicity and religion. Each of the ethnic groups has different reasons for naming their child, and the names have different meanings that are unique in their perspectives. Therefore, the names that we will be providing you with will cut across the major ethnic groups in Nigeria (Yorùbá, Hausa and Igbo). As regards the diversity in religion, the three major groups are Muslims, Christians, and Traditionalists. Each household that belongs to anyone of these religious beliefs gives his child a name that portrays the religion to which he practices. Thus, with our vast knowledge as well as in-depth research on the meaning of these names, we will be providing some of them as well.
Furthermore, many other factors contribute to the kind of name given to a child, and some of these factors (especially in the Yorùbá land) generate some common prefixes or suffixes. These prefixes and or suffixes are added to the names. TheYorubasalso has panegyric names (Orúkọ oríkì).
Some Yoruba Names‘ Prefixes or Suffixes
- Odun: This is a name given to a child that is born during festive periods. It could be added as a prefix or suffix to a name as the case may be.
- Ade (crown)/Oye: This is commonly used in a royal family. But note that “Ade” does not always mean crown in some Yoruba names, it may mean “someone who arrives.” In this case, it will only be used as a prefix.
- Akin: This simply means “warrior” and it is commonly used in a family that fight battles.
- Ola: This means wealth.
- Oluwa: This means God. It can sometimes be shortened to Olu.
- Ogun (god of iron), Ṣàngó, Ọya, Ọṣun and Ifá: These are the common traditional religion in Yorùbá land and they name their children using these names as their prefixes because they believe that it is these gods that gave them the children.
In Igbo land, such prefixes include:
- Chukwu or Chi: Meaning “God.”
- Adaoma: Meaning “daughter”
In the Hausa land, however, the names given to their children are usually names gotten from the Holy Book (Al-Qur’an).
It is going to be a long and enjoyable drive, so fasten your seat belt and relax as we bring you the finest female names in Nigeria in alphabetical order (A-Z).
Yorùbá Female Names and their Meaning
- Aarinola: The centre of wealth
- Abisade: someone born into a royal home (crown)
- Adebola: someone who comes to meet wealth or the crown meets wealth
- Adedayo: the crown becomes a wealth
- Adedola: The crown becomes a wealth
- Adedoyin: The crown becomes honey
- Adeṣẹwa: the crown makes beauty
- Adesire: Someone who came into goodness
- Àdùnní: Someone who is sweet to have. (this is a panegyric name)
- Adunọla: the sweetness of wealth
- Anjolaoluwa: we are enjoying the grace of God
- Araoluwa: the wonder of God
- Ayanfẹoluwanimi: I am God’s beloved
- Ayodola: Our Joy has turned to wealth
- Bẹwaji: wake up with beauty
- Bọlatito: The extent of wealth or power
- Dideoluwa: the arrival of God
- Ẹniẹyẹ: a person of honour
- Ẹniọla: a person of wealth
- Ẹriayo: evidence of joy
- Ẹwàtoni: beauty is worth having
- Ẹwatomi: beauty is enough for me
- Ẹwàoluwa: the beauty of God
- Fadekẹmi: pamper me with the crown
- Folaṣẹwa: use wealth for beauty
- Ideraoluwa: Comfort of God
- Ifẹdayọ: love becomes a joy.
- Iremide: my goodness has arrived
- Ìrètíayọ̀: the anticipation of joy
- Ìtùnúoluwa: the comfort of God
- Iwalọla: Good behaviour is wealth
- Kofoworola: she did not use the money to buy wealth or power
- Mojisọla: I woke up to wealth
- Morẹnikejimi: I have seen someone to support me
- Motirayọ: I have seen the joy
- Ọdúnayo: A year of joy or joyful festival
- Ọlateju: Our wealth has spread
- Oladunni: wealth is sweet to have.
- Oluwadarasimi: God is good to me
- Oluwafifẹhanmi: God has shown me love
- Oluwanifemi: God loves me
- Oluwatosin: God is worthy worshipping
- Oluwaṣetemi: God has done my will.
- Oluwajọmiloju: God surprises me
- Ọmọjọla: children are superior to wealth.
- Oyindamola: Honey mix with wealth
- Simisọ́la: rest or relax in wealth
- Temilade: the crown belongs to me
- Tiwalọla: Ours is wealth
- Tiwalade: Ours is the crown
Igbo Female Names and their Meaning
- Adaoma: a beautiful first daughter
- Adaeze: A princess
- Akunjeli: I will enjoy that wealth
- Adaego: daughter of wealth
- Adaora: the people’s daughter
- Anwuli: Joy of the Lord
- Chibuogo: God is strength
- Chibundo: God is my shelter
- Chineneye: God gives
- Chimamanda: My God will not fail
- Echioma: Brighter tomorrow
- Ezinne: The good mother
- Ginika: What can be greater than God?
- Ginikanwa: What can be greater than a child?
- Ijemma: Have a beautiful journey
- Kasarachi: confide in God
- Kambili: Let me live
- Kelechi: Thank God
- Lebechi: Look unto God
- Mmadiya: The one whose beauty makes her husband proud
- Nkechi: Owned by God
- Nkeiruka: The future is brighter
- Obianuju: Born in the midst of plenty
- Obioma: Good heart
- Oluchi: God’s creation
- Ononuju: The one in the midst of plenty
- Ozinna: message from the father
- Ozioma: Good news or message
- Sochima: Only God knows
- Zara: God answered
Hausa Female Names and their Meanings
Like I said earlier, the Hausa tribe usually gives their female child names from the Qur’an. Here is the list of some of them.
- Atikah: clear or pure
- Asma’u: Eminent
- Aminah: Trustworthy
- Amilah: Doer of (good) deeds.
- Aabidah: A worshipper
- Afizah: someone who has memorized the Qur’an
- Alimah: A scholar
- Bahiyyah: Radiant
- Faizah: victorious
- Fatimah: Daughter of the prophet (SAW)
- Lubabah: innermost essence
- Manunah: Fortunate or blessed
- Nabilah: Noble
- Naimah: enjoying the bounty of God
- Aabidah: Happy, fortunate
- Sumayyah: a proper name
- Zahrah: blossom; beautiful
- Zariyah: beauty and light
- Zaytun: Olive
- Zaynab: Daughter of the prophet (SAW)
I hope you enjoyed the ride and that we have been able to help you in deciding which name to choose for your sweet baby girl.