20 Awesome Cat Names From Africa

Updated on July 9, 2019
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20 Awesome African Cat Names

There is a wealth of places to get cat names from. This can make it difficult to choose the right name for your cat or kitten. So, how do you narrow it down and find the perfect name?

One way is to look for what a name means. There is a host of wonderful African names for cats available from contemporary names, to those derived from mythology and history. These names are brimming with meaning and excitement. When you give your cat a name with meaning, it brings you that much closer to your feline companion.

In this article, we'll look at 20 African names that could be just right for your cat.

1. Amare

This name actually derives from a basketball player of African descent who played in the NBA for a number of years. This name could be good for a cat who loves jumping and catching things out of the air or batting around toys.

2. Asha

This bright name works great for any lively, active female cat. The name means a lively woman and is also a variation of the name Aisha. This could be particularly good for a cat who loves to play, pounce, and run a lot.

3. Ashanti

The Ashanti were a group of people in what is now modern-day Ghana. They fought the British to keep from being subjugated when the Northerners came to the African continent. This name could work for a very brave or stubborn cat who stands up for his or herself.

This cat could hold the African name Ashanti well.
This cat could hold the African name Ashanti well.

4. Bambara

The Bambara are a part of the ethnic group known as the Mandé. They are found in West Africa. They are a very large ethnic group and speak their own language, Bambaran. This name could be nice for many cats, especially those who like to be social.

5. Daliah

Daliah, or Dalia, is a name that means “gentle.” Such a darling name could be the perfect name for any cat with a sweet demeanor, especially one who likes to cuddle a lot.

6. Ekon

This name is a great one for a large male cat because it means strong. So your cat can strut freely about feeling how powerful and protective he is when he is wearing his name proudly.

This sweet kitten could do great with the African name Daliah.
This sweet kitten could do great with the African name Daliah.

7. Feechi

Feechi is a really cute name with a big meaning. Feechi means to worship God. This could be a good name for a cat in a religious household or for a cat who seems particularly respectful.

8. Imani

This name is a female one that means “faith.” This could be a nice name for a number of female cats, especially those who have faith in their owners and show it every day.

9. Jamila

This lovely name simply means “beautiful.” It is just a wonderful name for any female cat, particularly one you find very gorgeous either physically or emotionally.

Jamila would make a great African name for this lovely cat.
Jamila would make a great African name for this lovely cat.

10. Kali

Kali is a powerful name for a female cat. It means “energetic.” It could work for any female cat who is a ball of energy and who likes to rampage about making mischief or playing games.

11. Lulu

This sweet name is great for a female cat. It means “pearl.” It could be particularly good for a pale silver, white, or otherwise light-colored female cat who shines in your life.

12. Maha

Maha means “beautiful eyes.” This name could work for either male or female cats with eyes you love to stare into as they stare back into your soul.

13. Nailah

Nailah means “successful” and could work for any strong-willed female cat. As many cat owners know, a strong female cat is perfectly capable of taking over the household if she wants. As is her right.

The African name Lulu would be wonderful for this little pearl of a kitten.
The African name Lulu would be wonderful for this little pearl of a kitten.

14. Ode

This rambling name can work for a male or female cat. It means “born on the road during travel.” This could be an interesting name for a cat who was found out in the wild or gotten from a shelter.

15. Sabra

This gorgeous name is a beautiful choice for a female cat. It means “patient.” The name could be good for a cat who takes her time and likes to bathe in the sun and contemplate life without getting upset too easily.

16. Shaka

Shaka was the Zulu leader compared to Attila the Hun. He was an extremely tough leader. This name could be good for a strong male cat who might like to engage in tussles or likes to rule the roost at home.

Perhaps one of these little kittens has the African name Sabra.
Perhaps one of these little kittens has the African name Sabra.

17. Shona

This name actually is a particular interpretation of another African name called Fadziso. The Shona meaning is “one who brings happiness.” This name could be beautiful for either a male or female cat who brings joy to their family.

18. Tau

This name means “lion.” It is a strong name for a male cat, particularly one with more golden coloring and a shaggier coat. Of course, if your cat likes to stalk around the house like he owns it, this could make a great name for him too.

Bonus Name Time!

Adabelle means "oldest daughter." This name would be perfect for the eldest female kitten born in a litter or for the first female cat brought into a family.

19. Zane

This name for a male cat means well-born or noble. It could work for any cat who holds him of herself with a noble demeanor, acting as if he or she owns the house . . . and possibly the world!

20. Zola

This name means “peaceful.” It could be a nice name for any serene female cat who enjoys relaxing around the house and cuddling her humans. This name is great for cats who take the serenity of their household very seriously.

This cat is named Tau. It means Lion. He lives up to his name.
This cat is named Tau. It means Lion. He lives up to his name.

Would You Consider an African Name From This List for a Cat?

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