11 West African Baby Boy Names

May 9, 2013 ‐ By Desiree Browne

When it comes to baby names, we’re big fans of the classics but that doesn’t mean parents can’t think a little outside the box when it comes to naming their little ones. For those who want to look across the Atlantic for inspiration, we’ve rounded up our favorite West African names for boys.

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  • sisi

    Olamide literally means “my wealth has arrived”, not “wealth is mine”. You were right about Olufemi, although the full form for that meaning is “Oluwafemi”.

    -Yoruba female

  • Kellie

    I like Olamide in a way, but the rest of the slideshow was a waste

  • Yes i said so

    Almost all the names here are Nigerian. FYI Akan is only spoken in Ghana and some parts of Cote d’ivoire (take this from a Ghanaian) , never in Togo. Wednesday borns are known as Kwaku, and those “day names” are not used by Akans only. PLS do more research before u post ur articles. Thnx

  • Jeffrey

    I note that no name was given to the soul born on Wednesday… Is there such a name?

  • African Prince

    Ignorant and ill researched article. An insult to West African culture. It is nonsense like this that leads to proper African names being used as ghetto names. The “day names” are not really considered names amongst the Akan, they are the names of a person’s soul since the soul chooses the day on which one is born. Back to the drawing board….sharpish!!!


    that was stupid…mostly names connected to days but not enough of anything else with stronger, more significant meanings,and i AM from west africa!!!

  • yz

    Really you know that because? ??

  • jemblue

    Abdallah and Ibrahim are Arabic names, not West African. There may be West Africans with those names, but they’re no more native to the region than say, John or Peter.