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Amahle                Beautiful ones
Amehlo                Eyes
Andile                Have grown, Increased
Ayanda                Growing, Increasing
Ayize                   Let it happen

Bheka                  Look, Take care of
Bhekithemba        Look for hope
Bhekimuzi            Look after the household.
Bhekisisa             Careful, Cautious
Bhekizizwe          Look after the nations
Bongani               Be thankful
Bongile                Thanks
Buhle                   Beauty
Busisiwe              She has been blessed

Cebile                   Rich

Dambudzo            Born during troubled times
Dida                     Puzzle
Duduzile               Consoled
Dumisani              Give praise

Fikile                    She has arrived
Funani                  Searching

Gatsha                 Tree branch
Gugu                    Precious, Treasure
Gugulethu             Our Treasure

Hlengiwe              Redeemed, Nursed

Icici                      Earring
Ifu                        Cloud
Indlovu                 Elephant
Ingwe                   Leopard
Impela                  Truthfully, Indeed
Impisi                   Hyena
Ingani                   Child
Ingqondo              Intelligence
Inyoni                   Bird
Ishumi                   Ten
Izula                     Nomad

Jabulile                 Happy

Kgabu                   Richly decorate
Khanyisile              Brought Light
Khaya                   Home
Khethiwe               Chosen
Khulekani               Pray
Kwanele                Enough

Lindelani               Wait
Lindiwe                 We have waited for her
Londisizwe            Protect the Nation
Lungile                  She is good, Good one
Lwandle               Ocean

Mandla                  Power
Manelesi               Satisfier
Mbali                    Flower
Mbhali                   Rose
Makhosazana        Princess
Mandla                  Power
Mbalenhle             Beautiful Flower
Mbali                     Flower
Mhambi                 Traveler
Mlilo                   Fire
Mncedisi                Helper
Mondli                   Feeder
Msizi                     Helper
Mthunzi                Shadow
Mzwandile            The family has increased.

Nandi                  Sweet
Ndumiso               Praise
Nelisiwe               Satisfied
Nkosazana           Princess
Nhalahla               Luck
Nhlakanipho         Wisdom
Njabulu                Happiness
Nkonkoni             Champion
Nobantu              Mother of the People
Nobuhle              Beautiful one
Nobuntu              Kindness
Nokukhanya        Mother of light
Nokuthula           Mother of quietness
Nolwazi              One with knowledge
Nomathemba       Hope
Nombuso            Joyous celebration, One who has a kingdom,
Nombuyiselo       Mother of restoration.
Nomcebo            Mother of wealth.
Nomsa                Caring One, Faith
Nomthandazo      Mother of prayer.
Nomusa              Grace, Kindness, Mother of grace.
Nomvula              After the rain
Nomzamo            Struggle
Nonhlanhla          Mother of luck
Nonkululeko       Mother of freedom.
Nosipho              Mother of a gift
Nozipho              Mother of gifts
Nqobile               She has conquered.
Ntokozo              Joy, Happiness
Ntombi                Lady
Ntombifuthi         Another girl
Ntombikayise      Father's girl
Ntombizanele     Enough girls
Ntombizodwa     Only girls

Ogogo                Grandmother

Phumlani             Rest

Qhikiza               Full-grown Girl

Ramla                 Prophetess

Sakhile               We Have
Samukelisiwe      We have been welcomed
Sibhakabhaka         Sky
Sibonakaliso        Sign
Sibongile            We are thankful
Sibusiso              Blessing
Sifiso                  Wish
Simangele           Surprise
Simosihle            Beautiful Feeling
Simphiwe           We have been given her
Sindiswa            Saved
Sinethemba        We have hope
Sinenhlanhla       We have luck
Siphamandla       Give us strength
Siphephelo          Refuge
Siphokazi            Gift
Sipho                  Gift
Sithembile           We trust
Siyanda              We are increasing
Siyanda              We are growing
Siza                    Help
Sizani                 You all help
Sizwe                 Nation
Slindile               We're waiting
Sonto                 Sunday

Thandeka           Beloved
Thandekile         Loved one
Thandie               Fire
Thandiwe           Loved
Thando              Love
Themba             Trust, Faith
Thembi              Trusting
Thembisile          Promised
Thenjiwe           Trusted One
Thoko               Happiness
Tholakele           Found
Thulani              Be quiet, Be comforted
Thulile               Is quiet
Thulisile            She made things quiet

Uju                 Honey
Ukudala            Create
Ukudlala           Play
Ukuza               Come
Umgibeli            Passenger
Umakoti            Bride
Umklomelo        Prize
Umzuzu            Moment
Unina               Her mother
Ushimi             Ten
Usizo              Help
Ukuxhasa        Support

Vala                  Close

Xolani               Peace

Zama                  Try
Zandile               They have multiplied
Zanele               We are satisfied
Zinhle                 The girls are beautiful
Zishwezi             Gliding
Zodwa                Girls only
Zola                   Quiet, Tranquil
For those of you who like South African names-
here are some female Zulu names.


The Zulu are the largest ethnic group in the nation of South Africa,
with a population of about 10 million.
Their history is very long and complex and reaches back thousands of years.

Around 3000-2000 B.C. there was a major cultural renaissance in the southwestern Nigerian/Cameroon area,
which resulted in better developments in agriculture, metalwork and animal husbandry.

These advances led to an explosion of exploration, settlement and expansion.
Over the next few thousand years hundreds of different groups spread throughout central, eastern and southern Africa. Because all of the groups spoke a common language, they became known as the Bantu

Four main groups of Bantu speaking people settled in the South African region from 2000 B.C.-9th c. A.D.

1 The Nguni
2 The Sotho-Tswana
3 The Vhavenda
4 The Shangana Tsonga

The Nguni were the largest of the South African Bantu.
And they themselves were made up of several different groups.
The Ndebele
The Ngoni
The Shangaan
The Swazi
The Xhosa
The Zulu

The Zulu are probably the most well known of the Nguni. Their famous king, Shaka, (1787-1828) instituted various military reforms and tactics and built up a powerful army.

By the time he died in 1828, Shaka ruled over 250,000 people, had an army of over 50,000 troops and had made the Zulu one of the most powerful nations in southeastern

The Zulu warrior tradition continued after Shaka's death. Zulu Impi (Armies) were famous for their organization and discipline. Their warriors could run up to 50 miles without stopping, were absolutely fearless and were so skilled with their spears that they could shave and cut their hair with them.

In fact the Zulu army was the only African army that ever defeated a British army, which it did in the Battle of Isandhlwawa in 1879
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Catwithoutatail Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Did I mention that your list helped me create a name to a Zulu character? I like to create characters from as many different ethnic groups as possible but most African characters are difficult because its not easy its not easy to find the specific names of a language and their meanings.
So thanks. :)
SeekHim Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

You're welcome. :)

GOD bless

John 3:16

Catwithoutatail Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Your welcome. :) 
Btw have you noticed that in some cultures where they weren't originally last names, they seem to have adopted first names as surnames too. Or at least it seem to me that way with Lakota and Zulu people. 

sonaih Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
please note:
andile - means 'have grown/increased
ayanda - 'are growing/increasing'
gatsha - tree branch
indlovu - elephant
impela - a figure of speech meaning 'truthfully' or 'indeed'
jabulie - typo, should be jabulile
kaya - also typo, should be spelled, khaya and means 'home'
sibakabaka - mis-spelt, should be 'sibhakabhaka'
tandie - should be 'thandi' short for thandekile, to mean 'loved one'; or 'mlilo' to mean 'fire'
uju - means 'honey'; 'usizo' means 'help'
ukudala - means 'to create'; ukudlala is 'to play'
ishumi - ten
zodwa - short for ntombi-zodwa which means 'girls only'

and thabisa and vuyiswa, while nguni, are in fact xhosa names.
SeekHim Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks so much for all the info! :) I've made the corrections.
Are you from South Africa?

GOD bless
John 3:16
skachick Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
The "No'" prefix is feminine. So, Nosipho is the female form of Sipho, both meaning 'gift'. It is my Xhosa name (my unofficial 3rd name.)
Xhosa is fairly similar to Zulu.
My favourite Xhosa name is Nokulunga - the peaceful one/ the tranquil one. It just sounds so beautiful!
I love the list!
SeekHim Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Funny you should mention the Xhosa!
skachick Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
I think... about the "No" prefix... I might be totally wrong, but that's what I remember from my Xhosa lessons.
man-cool Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009   Writer
Love them! :clap: Keep it up! :D
SeekHim Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I intend to! And thinks for the fave!
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man-cool Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009   Writer
Well, I'm not in a relationship yet, but I might look at the names you made and see if I want them!:D
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