30 unique Zulu baby names for boys and girls
Naming a child is beautiful, and some parents give it deep thought before coming to a conclusion on what name to give a child.
However, there a lot of things that influences the name a child bear. It could be the events surrounding the birth of the child, it could be the influence of the parents’ tradition.
In most cases, the meanings are more important than the names, as they reflect an emotion, time or event, which may be significant to the parents.
The real beauty of African names lies in the variety of languages. So, today we’ll look at 30 of the best Zulu baby names for boys and girls. Keep reading!
Zulu names for boys:
If you want your son to walk on the path of amity and harmony right from the start, name him Kagiso, which means ‘peace.’
Here’s another fancy Zulu boy name, meaning ‘looking after the nations.’ This moniker sounds a lot like a heavy metal guitarist’s stage name, isn’t it?
If you want a rare Zulu name for your son, pick Bhekumbuso. It might be difficult to spell or pronounce, but it will ensure that your child stands out from the crowd. Bhekumbuso means ‘looking after the dominion.’
Shaka is the name of the Zulu tribal leader, who is compared with Attila, the Hun. He is credited with shaping an amalgamation of tribes in the Zulu nation in the 19th century.
Funani is one of the underused Zulu names, meaning ‘search’ or ‘want.’ This name is actually the plural imperative form of funa.
Kgabu is an African and Zulu name and means ‘to decorate richly.’ This snappy name is currently neglected in this tribe. So use it for your son before it becomes too familiar.
The Biblical name Solomon was borne by the former king of the Zulu nation. In the Old Testament, it was the name of the third King of Israel. It means ‘peace.’
If you want a nature inspired Zulu name for your son, go with Gatsha. It’s derived from the Zulu word igatsha and means ‘branch.’
This one’s for the lovers of astronomy. Langa is a Zulu word for ‘sun’ and is used widely for African baby boys. This moniker conjures up all kinds of positive meanings- lightness, brightness, renewal and rebirth.
Phila is a Zulu name, meaning ‘get well’ or ‘live.’ This moniker is not restricted to Zulu alone. Phila is also an English name derived from the Greek word Phileo and means ‘loving.’
This moniker stems from the Zulu word umsizi, meaning ‘helper.’
Nkosiyabo, meaning ‘the king’ is usually given by parents believing that their children will excel. Your child is guaranteed to be unique among the class of chubby kindergarteners.
Linda is quite popular in American and European countries as a baby girl name. But in Zulu, this moniker is used for boys and means ‘wait’. Even this name is also the singular imperative form of linda.
This one’s for people who want a break from conventional ‘o’ ending names like Milo or Marco. Mpilo means ‘life’ in the Zulu language. Whether you pronounce it as Mpilo or Milo, this one will signal the arrival of a little star.
Zulu names for girls:
Ayanda is a Zulu baby name, meaning ‘they augment.’ This name sounds endearing, particularly when you think you have added a new member to your family.
This unisex name means ‘he is love’ for boys and ‘she is love’ for girls. Any child with this name is sure to be loved by everyone.
Nofoto is a Zulu baby name, meaning ‘like her grandmother.’ You would be giving one of the greatest gifts to your mother or mother in law by bestowing this name on your daughter.
Yibanathi is both Xhosa and Zulu name, meaning ‘be with us.’ This name conveys a tomboy coolness, but we’re sure it will age nicely into “Dear Yibanathi”.
Movie over Sadie and Maggie. The time is now ripe for Thadie, a Zulu baby girl name, meaning ‘loved one.’ This cute name has started showing up beyond the borders of its country as well.
Here’s another Zulu word name, meaning ‘knowledge.’ This cute name would make a good pick for parents who want a no-nonsense name for their daughter.
Is there any emotion more beautiful than love? No! So welcome the little one in your life with this simple, yet pretty name, Lerato, which mean ‘love.’
Amahle is a rhythmic Zulu name, meaning ‘beautiful one.’ It’s highly unlikely you will find this name outside the Zulu community. So pick it up for your daughter, now!
This unique name, meaning ‘salute,’ has struck a cord with hundreds of Zulu parents. In fact, it grew significantly over the last decade.
The meaning of this Zulu name is ‘be cheerful, be happy’. Cute, isn’t it? But could be a bit exotic for an average English parent’s liking.
Mthunzi is a classic name with a modern day feel. We doubt that it would ever go out of style. This name means ‘shade.’
Sindisiwe is a modern and sweet name, meaning ‘saved.’ And the vowel ending makes it look and sound even better.
Inyoni is an out and out feminine name, meaning ‘bird.’ This name has shown a remarkable growth in baby name charts of late.
Ntombizodwa is a quirky three syllable name derived from the Zulu word Ntombi. It means ‘lady’.
Zobuhle might be unpretentious and low-key, but it’s definitely a darling of the name. It means ‘lady of beauty’.
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