Over 200 Zulu baby names for boys and girls

As with many African names, Zulu names have very specific meanings. Here's a list of the more common ones. 


Amahle: The beautiful ones. Boy/girl 

Andile: They have extended, the family is growing. Boy/girl 

Anele: The last born. Boy/girl 

Ayanda: They augment (the family). Boy/girl 

Ayize: Let it happen/come. Boy/girl 


Bandile: They have extended in number. Boy

Bheka: Behold. Boy

Bhekani: You all look. Boy

Bhekisisa: Be very careful, cautious. Boy

Bhekithemba: Look after hope, look for hope. Boy

Bhekizizwe: Look after the nations. Boy

Bhekokwakhe: The one who minds his own. Boy

Bongani: Be thankful. Boy

BongiNkosi: Be grateful to God. Boy

Busisiwe: (Baby) is blessed. Girl

Buyisiwe: Returned. Boy


Dingane: One who is searching. Boy

Dingani: What do you need. Boy

Duduzile: Consoled. Girl

Dumisani: Praise God. Boy

Dumisile: They have praised. Boy/girl 


Gabisile: Has made (people) envious, but they won’t get it. Girl

Gugulethu: Our treasure, precious. Also Gugu. Girl


Hlengiwe: Redeemed. Girl


Jabulani: Be happy, rejoice, also Jabu. Boy

Jabulile: She is happy. Girl

Jabulisile: She has brought joy. Girl


Khanyisile: Has brought light. Girl

Khanyisile: Bringer of light, brought light. Girl

Khethiwe: Chosen, the one who is chosen. Girl

Kholwa: Believe. Boy/gir

Kwanele: It is enough. Boy


Langalibalele: When there was sunshine. Boy

Langelihle: Good/lovely day. Boy

Lindelani: Wait. Boy

Lindiwe: Waited for. Girl

Lindokuhle: Wait for the best. Boy

Londisizwe: Protect/take care of the nation. Boy

Londiwe: Protected/kept safe. Girl

Lunga: Be good/kin. Boy

Lungani: You all be good/kind. Boy

Lungile: Kind/good.

Luyanda: It (love) is growing. Boy

Lwandile: It (love) has intensified. Boy

Lwazi: Knowledge. Boy


Malibongwe: Let it (His name) be praised. Boy

Mandla: Strength/power. Boy

Mandlakhe: His efforts. Boy

MandleNkosi: Power of God. Boy

Manelesi: Satisfier. Boy

Mbalenhle: Beautiful flower, also Mbali, flower. Girl

Melamina: Carry my name. Boy/Girl

Melokuhle: Oone who represents good things. Boy/Girl

Mcebisi: The one who brings wealth, gives wise advice. Boy

Minenhle: Good, lovely, beautiful day. Boy

Mlungisi: The one who brings order, fixer, restorer. Boy

Mnqobi/Manqoba: The one who conquers in hopeless situations. Boy

Mondli: Feeder. Boy

Mpendulo: An answer. Boy

Mpilenhle: Prosperous life. Boy/girl 

Mpumelelo: Success. Boy

Msizi: Helper. Boy/girl 

Mthandeni: Love him/her. Boy/girl 

Mthokozisi: The one who gives joy, certifies. Boy

Musa: Kindness, mercy. Boy

MusaweNkosi: Grace of God. Boy

Muzikayise: He who builds his father's home. Boy

Mzamo: Attempts, efforts. Boy


Nandi: Sweet. Girl

Nathi: Short for Nkosinathi. Boy

Ndondoloza: Prudence. Girl

Ndumiso: Praise. Boy

Nelisiwe: Satisfied. Girl

Nhlakanipho: Wisdom. Boy

Nhlanhla: Luck. Boy

Njabulo: Happiness, joy. Boy

Nkazimulo: Glory. Girl

Nkosinathi: God is with us. Boy

Nkosingiphile: The Lord gave me. Girl

Nkosiphendule: God has answered. Boy

Nobantu: Mother of people. Girl

Nobesuthu: Girl

Nobuhle: Mother of beauty, goodness. Girl

Nokulunga: Mother of goodness, kindness. Girl

Nolwandle: Mother of oceans. Girl

Nolwazi: The one with knowledge. Boy/girl 

Nomagugu: Mother of treasures. Girl

Nomalanga: Mother of sun, sunshine. Girl

Nomandla: Mother of strength. Girl

Nomasonto: Mother of Sundays, churches. Girl

Nomathalente: Mother of talents. Girl

Nomathemba: Mother of hope, trust. Girl

Nomcebo: Mother of wealth. Girl

Nomthandazo: Mother of prayer. Girl

Nomusa: Mother of kindness, grace, mercy. Also Nomsa. Girl

Nomvula: Mother of rain, after the rain. Girl

Nomzamo: Mother of attempts, efforts, struggle. Girl


Nonhlanhla: Mother of luck. Girl

Nonjabulo: Mother of joy. Girl

Nonkululeko: Freedom. Girl

Nothando: Mother of love. Girl

Nothembi: Girl

Noxolo: Mother of peace. Girl

Nozibusiso: Mother of blessings. Girl

Nozipho: Bearer of gifts. Girl

Nozizwe: Mother of nations. Girl

Nqobile: Has come up victorious in what was a hopeless, dreadful, precarious situation. Girl

Nqobizitha: Conquer the enemies. Boy

Ntokozo: Joy/happiness. Girl

Ntombi: Girl, woman. Girl

Ntombifuthi: Another girl. Girl

Ntombizanele: Enough girls. Girl

Ntombizodwa: Only girls, also Zodwa. Girl

Ntombizonke: All girls. Girl

Ntuthuko: Development. Boy


Olwethu: It’s (love is) ours. Girl

Owethu: He/she is ours. Boy/girl


Phila: They/you are in good health, well. Boy

Philangezwi: They/you live by the word of God. Boy

Philani: They/you be well. Boy

Philisiwe: They/you healed. Girl

Phumlani: Rest. Boy


Qophelo: Of stature, of high standard. Boy/Girl


S'bu: Short for Sibusiso. Boy

S’thembiso: Promise. Boy

Sakhile: We have built. Boy

Samukelisiwe: We have received a gift. Girl

Sandile: We have extended, increased in number. Boy

Sanele: We are satisfied, have enough. Boy

Sibonelo: Example. Boy

Sibongakonke: We’re grateful for everything. Boy

Sibongile: We are grateful. Girl

Sibongiseni: (You) be thankful with us. Boy

Siboniso: Being a leader. Boy

Sibusisiwe: We’re blessed. Girl

Sibusiso: Blessing. Boy

Sifiso: Wish, what we had wished for, also S'fiso. Boy

Sihawukele: Have mercy on us. Boy

Sihle: Mercy, compassion. Boy/girl 

Silondile: Has kept, protected us. Girl

Simangaliso: Miracle. Boy

Simangele: Surprise. Girl

Simosihle: Beautiful feeling, also Sihle. Girl

Simphiwe: We have her/him as a gift. Boy/girl 

SimphiweyiNkosi: He’s our gift from God. Boy

Sindisiwe: Saved. Girl

Sinegugu: We have precious treasures. Girl

Sinenhlanhla: We have luck. Girl

Sinethemba: We have hope. Girl

Siphamandla: Give us strength. Boy

Siphelele: We are complete. Boy

Siphephelo: Refuge, place of peace. Girl

Siphesihle: Beautiful gift, also Sihle. Boy/girl 

Siphokazi: Gift, also Sipho. Girl

Siphosethu: Our gift. Boy

Sithembiso: Promise. Boy

Siyabonga: We are grateful. Boy

Siyanda: We are increasing. Boy

Sizani: You all help. Girl

Sizwe: Nation. Boy

Slindile: We're waiting. Girl

Sphiwe: We have gotten, received a gift. Boy


Thabani: You all be joyful. Boy

Thabisa: Bring joy. Girl

Thabisile: Has brought joy. Girl

Thabo: Happiness. Boy

Thalente: Talent, gift from God. Boy/girl 

Thamsanqa: We have luck. Boy

Thandanani: You all love one another. Boy

Thandazile: Has/have prayed. Girl

Thandeka: Lovely, beloved. Girl

Thandiwe: Beloved. Girl

Thando: Love. Boy

Themba: Trust, hope, faith. Boy

Thembeka: Be reliable, trustworthy. Girl

Thembekile: Trustworthy, reliable. Girl

Thembile: Hopeful, trusting. Girl

Thembisile: Have, has promised. Girl

Thenjiwe: The trusted one. Girl

Tholakele: Found. Girl

Thulani: Be still, quiet, hush (a consolation). Boy

Thulisile: She who made things quiet. Girl

Thuthuka: Become a better person. Boy

Thuthukile: Has become a better person. Girl


Uminathi: (see Unathi)

Unathi: She/he is with us. Also Uminathi. Boy/girl 


Vusumuzi: Rekindle the family, builder of the home. Boy


Wandile: You are extra. Boy


Xolani: You all have peace/take it easy. Boy

Xolisile: (We are) sorry. Girl


Zakhele: Create (something) for yourself. Boy

Zama: (prefix) She who is from [insert clan or surname]Girl

Zamokuhle: Try the good. Girl

Zandile: They have multiplied. Girl

Zanele: They (girls or children) are enough. Girl 

Zenzele: Do it yourself. Boy

Zenzile: You’re responsible for what you’ve become. Girl

Zibuyile: The dowry cows have come back. Girl

Zinhle: (The girls) are good, beautiful. Girl

Ziphozonke: All the gifts. Boy/girl 

Zithembe: Trust yourself. Boy

Zodwa: Short for Ntombizodwa. Girl

Zonke: All. Boy/girl 

Zonkizizwe: All nations. Boy/girl

Zwelakhe: His country, land. Boy

Zwelethu: Our land, country. Boy

Zwelibanzi: Huge, wide country, land. Boy


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