200 beautiful Xhosa baby names
We've put together an awesome list of 200 Xhosa baby names and their meanings.
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Xhosa is one of the interesting cultures in South Africa when it comes to naming children. Many of these names are in reference to the clan, God or the home/family to which the child is born.

Many young parents are choosing to give their children Xhosa names these days. Here is a list of 200 Xhosa baby names and their meanings – enjoy!


Also see: South African baby names list with 4,000+ names

Would you give your child any of these names? Tell us, and we could publish your letter.


A

Athandwa: Loved

Ayakha: Build

Anovuyo: Joyful

Abulele: Thankful

Amyoli: The clan is happy 

Alulutho: Of great help

Ahluma: The clan has grown

Avethandwa: Truly loved

Alunamida: None ending love/faith

Asiphesona: Gift given to us (by God)

Amila: They are firm

Avuyile: They are delightful 

Aseza: Still coming 

Aluve: Feel, be aware of

Amkhitha: Beautiful

Akhinzolo: Build peace 

Abongile: Thankful

Asemahle: Beautiful

Anathi: They are with us

Afeziwe: Fulfilled, done

Amahle: Beautiful

Anele: Sufficient

Amathuba: Opportunities

Athenkosi: Thankful

Anele: Sufficient

Aphiwe: Given, gift

Asive: Let he/him hear us

B

Bungcwele: Holiness

Bhongo: Pride

Budlelwane: Relationship

Buhlebendalo: Natural beauty

Bomikazi: Life

Buyiswa: Brought back

Bulumko: Wisdom

Bonga: Give thanks

Bathathu: They are three

Bandile: They have increased

C

Chulumanco: Joy

Chuma: Grow

Cebokazi: Great plan

Cwenga: Be still


Also see: 97 cool baby names local celebs gave their kids

D

Dumo: Praise/Honor

Dambisa: Relieve/soothe

E

Endinako: What I have

Elethu: Our hope/pride

Enzokuhle: Do beautiful things

Emsulwa: Innocent

F

Fundiswa: Smart/educated

Fundile: Smart/educated

Faniswa: One who looks like

Fezile: Fulfill

G

Gcobanisa: Be glad

Gugulethu: Our pride

Gcina: Keep

H

Hlumelo: Growth

Hlumisa: Make it grow

Hlalumi: Keep standing firm

Hlonela: Obey/abide


Also see: Tshivenda baby names for boys and girls

I

Isipho: The gift

Izibele: Grace

Imihlali: Rejoice

Iminathi: (The Lord is) standing with us

Indiphile: (The Lord has) given us

Inam: (The Lord is) with us

Iviwe: (Prayers have) been heard

Ibongwe: To be praised

Imibongo: Thankfulness

Ivakele: Prayers have been heard

J

Jongikhaya: One who watches over the home

Jonga: Look

K

Kamva: Future

Khayone: God didn't make a sin by giving me him/her

Kholo: Faith

KhwezI: Morning star

Kumkani: King

Khazimla: Shine bright

Kungawo: By the power of God

Kwakhanya: It is bright


L

Liyema: The home is standing

Lulibo: First ripe fruits of a tree

Luzuko: Glory

Liyakhanya: The sun is shining

Lithetha: The sun is bright

Lwando: Increment, increasing

Lithalethu: Our light

Lumko: Carefulness/wisdom

Lingomso: Tomorrow/ the future

Luvuyo: Of joy

Lunje: (Love is) like this

Liqhamile: Bright

Ligugu: He or she is our pride

Langalethu: Our son

Lihle: Is beautiful


Also see: The ABCs of Xhosa names

M

Milani: Be firm in faith 

Manyano: Being united

Mpumelelo: Success

Melokuhle: Stand for good things

Malime: Home must stand

Mivuyo: Joyfulness

Mihlali: Joy

Minentle: Beautiful day

Mfihlakalo: Hidden

Mpilo: Life

Mikhulu: Great hope

Minqweno: Hope

Mawande: May the house increase

Mayine: Let it rain

Mthetheleli: Saviour/redeemer

Masande: Lets increase

Mava: Wisdom, experience

N

Ntsika: Pillar

Nkosana: Prince

Nande: Increase

Nandile: Increased 

Nkazimulo: Glory

Ncedo: Help

Ntlakanipho: Clever/smart

Nkosiyethu: Our King

Noncedo: Of help

Nolukholo: Of faith

Noluthando: Of love

Ndinani: I am with you

O

Othalive: One who hears the name of God

Oyintando: One who is loved

Okuhle: Beautiful things

Owam: My own

Odwa: (Boys) only

Okhanyo: Of brightness

Oyisa: They defeated/victory

Olwethu: Our faith

Onako: One who can

Olona: Great love/great faith

P

Phawu: Symbol (of love)

Phelo: Last born

Phelisa: To end

Phumza: Relief

Phezisa: An end

Q

Qhayiya: The future

Qhamani: Be bright

Qiqa: Think

S

Simnikiwe: We have been given

Sixolise: Bring peace to us

Sisikelelwe: We are blessed

Sinovuyo: We are glad

Sinalo: We have hope

Silindokuhle: We expect great things

Simile: We are standing

Salizwa: Gift

Someleze: Encourage us

Somila: We'll be firm

Sonele: We are enough

Simanye: Unite us

Sibabalwe: We have been blessed

Sesethu: Our gift

Sinethemba: We have hope

Siphelo: To conclude

Siyabulela: We are thankful

Sibulele: We are thankful

Sizamkele: We welcome the girls

Siphosethu: Our gift

Sibahle: We are beautiful

Simamkele: We welcome him/her

Sivuyile: We are glad

Simthandile: We loved her/him


Also see: ABC of Setswana names

T

Thandiwe: Loved one

Thando: Love

Thandolwethu: Our love

Thandile: Being loved

Thimna: Belongs to me

Thandeka: Lovely/ lovable

Thembelani: To put our trust in

Thembalethu: Our hope

U

Unathi: With us

Uyanda: House is increasing

Unambitho: To savour/to be enjoyed

V

Vuyiseka: Made to be happy

Vuyelwa: The one who we are happy for

Vuyo: Happiness

Vusumzi: Rebuild the home

W

Wandile: Increase of home

Wonga: Status

Wanda: The home is increased

Wandisiwe: Home has been increased

X

Xhanti: Anchor

Xabiso: Value

Xola: Stay in peace

Y

Yonela: Be content

Yanga: May (God)

Yiva: Hear

Yolo: Happiness

Yibanathi: Be with us

Yongama: Be great

Yomelela: Be strong

Yandisa: Increase us

Z

Zuko: Glory

Zosuliwe: Tears have been wiped

Zubenathi: Be with us

Zobuhle: Of beauty

Zodumo: Of praise

Zukiswa: To be praise

Ziyanda: The (girls) are increasing

Zinathi: God's blessings are with us

Zukhanye: Be bright

Zingce: Be proud

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