Ethiopian Names and Their Meaning

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Ethiopian names are generally of Biblical and Islamic in origin. Unlike most African countries, Ethiopians do not have family surnames. They use their father’s first name as their last names. Additionally, surnames are almost never used to formally address someone. Instead, the prefixes of Ato for men and weizero for married women and weizerit for unmarried women are used, followed by their first names.

Ethiopian Names and Their Meaning

Name Meaning_______ Gender
Abebe
Flourshing Flower
Male
Abeba
Flower
Female
Addisu
New One
Male
Adanech
She Rescued
Female
Abel
Breath of Air
Male
Alemnesh
You’re the world
Female
Adunga
Our World
Male
Adia
Returning
Female
Aman
Handsome Man
Male
Ayana
Pretty Flower
Female
Afewerek
Golden Mouth
Male
Aster
Star
Female
Bayissa
Inspiration
Male
Beimnet
With Faith
Female
Beca
Understanding God
Male
Beshadu
Helper
Female
Biniam
Lucky Son
Male
Biftu
Early Morning
Female
Berhanu
His light
Male
Bisrat
Good News
Female
Bruk
Blessed
Male
Brukawit
Blessed
Female
Caleb
Faithful
Male
Candace
Glowing/Bright
Female
Dagim
Repeat
Male
Dagamawit
Repeat
Female
Daniel
God is my judge
Male
Deborah
A Bee
Female
Desta
Joyful
Male
Dinha
Vindication
Female
Dawit
Beloved
Male
Dorcas
A female deer
Female
Dula
King
Male
Eddel
Destiny
Female
Ejigu
Excessively grand
Male
Eden
Garden of Aden
Female
Eleazar
God’s assistant
Male
Edna
Rejuvenation
Female
Elias
The lord is my God
Male
Elene
Light
Female
Emanuel
God is with us
Male
Elshaday
Almighty Lord
Female
Etefu
Twice
Male
Emebet
Respected first lady
Female
Eyasu
God Rescues
Male
Emnet
Faith
Female
Ezana
Aksumite King
Male
Enku
Pearl
Female
Ezera
Helper
Male
Eskedare
Furthest point
Female
Fassil
Unite
Male
Feker
Love
Female
Fasika
Easter
Male
Filagot
My desire
Female
Frew
Seed
Male
Freaulai
Ahead of Everyone
Female
Fisha
Joy
Male
Frezer
Fruitful
Female
Fikre
My Love
Male
Gadise
Protection/Shield
Female
Gabra
An Offering
Male
Gelila
Tempting Beauty
Female
Gedeyon
Annihilater
Male
Genet
Promise
Female
Getachew
Leader of men
Male
Gete
My jewlery
Female
Girma
Magnigicence
Male
Giftee
My woman
Female
Gulema
My Child
Male
Hanna
Grace
Female
Habtamu
Wealthy
Male
Haimanot
Faith
Female
Hakim
Physician
Male
Hosanna
Glory
Female
Hassan
First Born
Male
Ibsituu
Light
Female
Iskinder
Defender of Humanity
Male
Jalene
Our Love
Female
Jember
Sunset
Male
Kalkidan
Word of Covenant
Female
Kabede
Heavy
Male
Kidist
Blessed
Female
Ketema
Major city
Male
Konjit
Beautiful
Female
Legesse
Gardener
Male
Layla
Dark Beauty
Female
Lemma
Increased Growth
Male
Lielit
Princess
Female
Lire
Happiness
Male
Makda
Tall Tower
Female
Mamo
Young Boy
Male
Mare
Honey
Female
Mebrete
My Light
Male
Martha
Lady of the House
Female
Mekonnen
Honorable
Male
Mehret
Forgivineness
Female
Meles
Change for Money
Male
Mimi
Desired
Female
Mulu
Whole
Male
Naomi
Pleasant
Female
Nebiyou
Our Tears of Joy
Male
Nigat
Dawn
Female
Neguse
King
Male
Persinna
Caretaker
Female
Palus
Humble
Male
Rachel
An ewe
Female
Rada
Our Helper
Male
Rekik
Pure
Female
Ruphael
Healing God
Male
Rediet
God’s help
Female
Samuel
God Has Heard
Male
Saba
Morning
Female
Sebhat
Praising the Lord
Male
Sebele
Harvest
Female
Selassie
Trinity
Male
Selam
Peace
Female
Shale
Leniency
Male
Semira
Fulfilled
Female
Solomon
Peace
Male
Tadelech
Fortunate one
Female
Taddese
Rejuvinate
Male
Tarik
Her History
Female
Tamrat
A miracle
Male
Teru
Good
Female
Temesgen
Thank our Lord
Male
Tigist
Patience
Female
Temesgen
Be thankful to God
Male
Tsigereda
Rose
Female
Tesfaye
My Hope
Male
Wubit
Beautiful
Female
Workneh
You are Gold
Male
Yehudit
Praise
Female
Yeakob
Follower
Male
Yohanna
God’s favorite
Female
Yohannes
God is gracies
Male
Zahra
White Flower
Female
Zere
His Lineage
Male
Zenaye
My news
Female
Zewedu
Crown
Male
Zufan
Her thrown
Female

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