The country’s most popular names are a result of a rich history and have been influenced by everything, from the European settlers to traditional Xhosa and Zulu inhabitants.
Female | Amahle, meaning “the beautiful one”, is a popular Zulu name and is pronounced Ah-MAH-she.
Female | Annika is an Afrikaans name meaning “grace” and is the Swedish diminutive of Anna. Pronounced AHN-nee-kah.
Male | Arno, an Afrikaans name from Germanic origin, means “eagle” and is pronounced AR-nou.
Female | Elna is an Afrikaans name meaning “beloved” and is derivative from the Swedish Elin and the Danish and Dutch Helena. Pronounce it ÊLL-nah.
Male | An Afrikaans name from the Old German Frederick, Frederich means “peaceful ruler”. Pronounce it FRED-e-rich.
Female | Imka, meaning “water”, is an Afrikaans name of Frisian derivative. Pronounce it IEM-ka.
Male | Jabulani, a Zulu name often shortened to Jabu, means “rejoice” and is pronounced Jah-boo-LAH-nee.
Female | Kaya means “restful place” and is a popular Zulu name. Pronounce it KAH-yah.
Female | Kholwa is a name used in both the Zulu and Ndebele cultures and means “believe”. The name is pronounced Col-u-WHA.
Female | Lerato is a Sotho name meaning “love” and is pronounced LE-raa-too.
Female | Lindiwe is a Zulu name that means “waited for” and is pronounced LIN-dee-wê.
Male | Luan is an Afrikaans name meaning “lion” and is pronounced LU-han.
Male | Mandla is a popular Zulu name meaning “strength”. Pronounce it MAN-dhla.
Female | Mieke is a popular Afrikaans name meaning “water” and is derived from Dutch. Pronounce it MY-khu.
Unisex | Mpho is a unisex name of Tswana origin meaning “gift”. Pronounce it M-phô.
Unisex | Oratile is a unisex name meaning “origin” and is pronounced O-ra-TEE-lê.
Female | Thabisa is a Zulu name meaning “to bring joy” and is pronounced Tha-BEE-sa.