Here’s a list of some common Igbo names and their meanings.

See any that you like? Is your name on this list? What names would you give your children?

Male names are denoted with an (m), female with an (f), and unisex names with a (u).

Be sure to check out Part I of “What’s In A Name?” where we discuss the significance of traditional Igbo names and their respective meanings. Join the conversation and share with us your thoughts: does it matter if names have meanings associated with them? Aren’t they just names – no big deal, right? What does your name mean? Were you named after anyone important in your family history? Have you ever asked your parents why they chose your name?

Amauchenna / Amuche (m) “Who Knows God’s Thoughts?”
Amechi (m) “Who Knows Tomorrow?”
Anayochukwu (m) “We Always Ask God”
Anene (m) “We Look”
Afamefuna (m) “May My Name Not Be Lost”
Azubuike (m) “The Past Is Strength”
Azuka (m) “Future Is Greater”
Chidozie (m) “God Fixes”
Chidube (Chidubem) (m) “God Guides” / “God Guides Me”
Chiemeka (m) “God Did Great”
Chigozirim (m) “God Blessed Me”
Chijioke (m) “God Has Shares”
Chikezie (m) “God Creates Well”
Chimaraoke (m) “God Knows Each Person’s Share”
Chinedu (Chinedum) (m) “God Is Guiding (Me)”
Chinenye (m) “God Gives”
Chinua (Chinualumuogu) (m) “God Fights” / “God Will Fight For Me”
Chisom (m) “God Is With Me”
Chukwudi (m) “God Exists”
Chukwuemeka (m) “God Has Done Great”
Chukwuma (m) “God Knows”
Ifeanacho (m) “What We Seek”
Ifeanyichukwu (m) “Nothing Confounds God”
Igwebuike (m) “Unity Is Strength”
Ikechukwu (m) “God’s Strength”
Ikemefuna (m) “My Line Continues”
Ikenna (m) “God’s Strength”
Izuchukwu (m) “God’s Secret”
Jideofor (m) “Have Good Conscience”
Ndubuisi (m) “Life Is First”
Nnamdi (m) “My Father Exists”
Nwachukwu (m) “God’s Child”
Nwora (m) “Child of the People”/ “Public’s Child”
Obinna (m) “Father’s Wish”
Obiora (m) “Public’s Wish”
Ogbonnaya (m) “Father’s Friend”
Ogechi/ Ogechukwu (m) “God’s Time”
Ositadinma (m) “It Shall Be Well From This Day Onwards”
Okwudili (m) “God Is Judge”
Onyebuchi (m) “Who Is God?”
Onyekachi (m) “Who Is Greater Than God?”
Onyema (m) “Who Knows?”
Oluchukwu (m) “God’s Handwork”
Uchenna (m) “God’s Wish”


Adaeze (f) “King’s Daughter/ Princess”
Adaugo (f) “Eagle’s Daughter”
Amaka (f) “Beauty”
Amarachi/ Amarachukwu (f) “God’s Grace”
Chiamaka (f) “God Is Beautiful”
Chinasa (f) “God Answers”
Chinyere (f) “God Gave”
Chioma (f) “Good God”
Ezinne (f) “Good Mother”
Ezinwa (f) “Good Child”
Ifeoma (f) “A Good Thing”
Ngozi (f) “Blessing”
Nkechi (f) “God’s Own”
Nkeoma (f) “A Good Thing”
Nkiruka (f) “The Future Is Greater”
Nneka (f) “Mother Is Supreme”
Nwakego (f) “Child Is Superior To Money”
Obiageli (f) “Honored Guest”
Ukamaka (f) “Sunday Is Great”
Uzoamaka (f) “Good Way”


Chibueze (u) “God Is King”
Chibuzo (u) “God Is First”
Chidi (u) “God Exists”
Chigozie (u) “God Bless”
Chima (u) “God Knows”
Chizoba (u) “God Will Defend”
Ebere (u) “Mercy”
Ozioma (u) “Good News”
Ozoemena (u) “No More Grief”
Uchechukwu (u) “God’s Wish”/ “Mind of God”


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