50 beautiful xhosa names for boys and girls with their meaning

With the arrival of the baby being considered a blessing, it takes many considerations for the parents to align the child’s identity with their aspirations, expectations, as well as feelings.

Nothing can stop them from giving the new member the sweetest identity they can find. It has to be a name that has a form of attachment.

Giving a child a name requires thinking as some personal options might have a different meaning in particular settings and cultures.

Some parents, name their newborns based on happiness, joy, gift, and gratitude, while others are guided by diverse motivations and aspirations to choose a specific name for their babies.

You have to do a lot before you can settle on something that fits your little one.

An overview of Xhosa clan names

Unlike in the Euro-western context, naming a child in South Africa, particularly among the Xhosa people is a great occasion. You do not just label your child just for reference and identification, but you give him an identity based on certain cultural dictates. Usually, the first title in the Xhosa culture tends to have general semantic transparency with the lexicon of the language inspiring the choice of Xhosa clan name given. Let us look at some of the uncommon Xhosa names for boys and girls.

South African male names

Traditionally, boys are considered heirs to their fathers, and nothing beats the joy of a parent to get a baby boy. Here are some of the uncommon Xhosa names for boys.

  • Melisizwe – nation’s leader
  • Sifso – wish
  • Rolihlahla – pulling a tree branch (the colloquial of troublemaker)
  • Nkosi – ruler, king, god, or lord
  • Mpilo – life
  • Mxolisi – peacemaker
  • Lephelo – the end
  • Lubanzi – upper flat and clear surface (directly associated with the parents’ love for a child)
  • Luphumlo – rest
  • Khanyiso – light
  • Themba – hope, trust
  • Abongile – thankfulness

What are the cutest girl names?

Here are some Xhosa names for girls and their meanings that you can consider the next time you are blessed with a baby girl.

  • Fundiswa – smart, sensible, educated
  • Noxolo – peace
  • Funeka – needed
  • Khanyiswa – lights up
  • Nobomi – life
  • Gugu – our pride
  • Sindiswa – we have it
  • Nonhle – beautiful
  • Nocawe – born on Sunday
  • Sisipho – gift
  • Nkosazana – princess
  • Nontle – beautiful (variation of Nonhle)
  • Sivuyile – we are happy
  • Thandiwe – loving one
  • Sansile – we increased
  • Simpho – gift
  • Liyema – stability in the family
  • Liyabona – it sees
  • Andisiwe – extension
  • Akhona – present
  • Aphiwe – they are given
  • Babalwa – graced
  • Bathandwa – beloved
  • Buhle – beauty
  • Hlengiwe – redeemed, rescued, helped
  • Gugulethu – pride, treasure
  • Lindiwe – awaited, waited for
  • Nosipho – gift
  • Nosizwe – nation

Unisex Xhosa names

If you are looking for a name but yet not aware of the baby’s gender, you may consider an unisex name. Here are some uncommon ideas to try.

  • Luthando – it’s love
  • Unathi – she or he is with us
  • Thando – to love
  • Esihle – good, beautiful
  • Akhona – present
  • Ayanda – they are increasing
  • Bandile – they have increased
  • Zola – calm
  • Buhle – handsome, beautiful

If you did not know that the majority of the names you have come across have meaning, now you do. While we can only suggest the options appropriate for girls and boys, or even unisex, the last decision on what name to give to your baby is ultimately yours.

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