The African tribes take the process of naming a child as a very important rite and the Zulu names are no different. It is widely believed in Africa that a child’s name will direct his/her path on earth. The majority of tribes in Africa give their children names with quality meanings. The Zulu tribe is not left out of this African child naming culture. 

Zulu..[1] babies are named before their birth. The new child mostly gets his/her name based on the occurrence and situation of things in the household. The Zulu tribe does not perform a formal naming ceremony. They instead hold a rite known as “imbeleko” where the newborn baby will be introduced to its elders and ancestors. The infant’s name has to be announced while the goat is being slaughtered in respect to the ancestors before being presented to the elders.

Zulu names

Zulu Names

There is a large assortment of Zulu names to chose from both genders are in abundance. But before making your final decision in choosing a name, it is important we let you know and understand the different Zulu names for boys and beautiful baby girl names and meanings. With this information, you will avoid choosing a name that will bring regret in the long run. 

Zulu Names for Boys and Meanings

  • Nkosiyabo: the king


  • Kagiso: peace


  • Bhekizizwe: looking after the nation


  • Phila: get well or live


  • Gatsha: a branch


  • Funani: searching or wanting


  • Dumisani- Give praises


  •  BongiNkosi- Be grateful to God 


  • Sibusiso- Blessing


  •  Ndumiso- Praise


  •  Zwelethu- Our country/land 


  • Bhekizizwe- Watch the nations 


  • MusaweNkosi- Grace of God 


  • Velaphi- Where from 


  • Msizi: helper


  •  Linda: wait


  •  Siyanda: we are increasing


  • Luyanda- Love is growing


  •  Mthunzi- Shadow
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  •   Langa- Bright as the sun 


  • Bhekimuzi- Look after the household


  •  Amahle- The beautiful one 


  • SimphiweyiNkosi- He is our gift from



  •  Vusumuzi- Rekindle


  • Jabulani- Be happy


  •  Kgabu- To decorate richly 


  • Mcebesi- One who brings wealth/ one who gives sound and wise advice

Zulu Names for Girls and Meanings

  • Nomandia- Mother of strength 


  • Thuthukile- Has become a better person


  •  Nhlakanipho- Wisdom 


  • Thabisa- Delight


  •  Thadie- Loved one 


  • Owethu- She is ours 


  • Ndondoloza- Prudence


  •  Sizani- Be advantageous 


  • Nomalanga- Mother of sunshine 


  • Nomvula- Mother of rain 


  • Nomasonto- Mother of churches/Sunday


  •  Liyana- It’s raining


  • Uluthando- She is love 


  • Nozibusiso- Mother of blessings 


  • Nobantu- Mother of people


  •  Nomthandazo- Mother of prayer 


  • Nozizwe- Mother of nations 


  • Simphiwe- A gift


  •  Khanyisile- Bringer of light 


  • Silondile- Has protected us 


  • Busisiwe- Blessed


  •  Sindisiwe- Saved
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  •  Nkazimulo- Glory 


  • Ntokozo- Joy/happiness 


  • Gugulethu- Our treasure


  •  Zibuyile- The dowry cows have come back 


  • Nqobile- Emerged victorious in a hopeless situation


  •  Nomzamo- Mother of efforts/attempts 


  • Nolwandle- Mother of oceans