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African baby names (which include Muslim, Christian, Jewish and Arabic names) are beautiful, exotic, and full of meaning—think Barack (Swahili for “blessing”) or Aaliyah (meaning “to rise up”).

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Top African Baby Names

From Zane to Imani, here are some of our favorite 2017 picks to get your search started.

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Abayomi

African: Brings great joy (Nigeria)

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Abena

African: Born on Tuesday

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Abiola

African: Born in wealth

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Ada

African: First daughter

English: Prosperous, happy

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Adah

African Origin

Hebrew: Beautiful, ornament

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Adana

African: Her father''s daughter (Nigerian)

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Adanna

African: Her father''s daughter (Nigerian)

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Adanya

African: Her father''s daughter (Nigerian)

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Ade

African: Royal (Nigeria)

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Adeben

African: Twelfth born (Ghana)

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Alika

African: Most beautiful (Nigerian)

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Ama

African: Born on Saturday (Ghanaian)

Norse: Eagle

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Amadi

African: Rejoicing (Nigerian)

Arabic: My pillar

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Amai

African Origin

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Amare

African: Possesses great strength

Arabic: Variation of Amar, which means "moon" in Arabic.

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Amarey

African Origin

Arabic Origin

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Amari

African: "Possesses great strength" in African.

Arabic: Variation of Amar, which means "moon" in Arabic.

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Ami

African: Saturday''s child (Ghanese)

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Amina

African: Trustworthy (Swahili)

Arabic: Trustworthy or faithful

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Aren

African: Eagle (Nigerian)

Danish: Eagle

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Asha

African: Lively, woman, life; variant of Aisha

Sanskrit Origin

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Azibo

African: Youth (Nigerian)

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Bahati

African: Lucky, fortunate (Swahili)

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Bibsbebe

African: Lady of the house

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Binah

African: Dancer

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Binta

African: With God

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Bisa

African: Greatly loved

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Bobo

African: Born on Tuesday

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Bolanle

African: Finds wealth at home

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Bunme

African: My gift

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