50 Unique Ghanaian Names and Their Meanings

A person’s name is their identity and individuality and calling out the name is one way we can get someone’s attention. In Africa where culture and tradition still thrive, names often have unique stories behind them. From the day a person is born, the circumstances surrounding their birth, and several other factors can influence what name an African parent chooses for their child.

In Ghana, for instance, ethnic groups like the Akan, Ga, Nzema, and Ewe name a child based on the day they were born. So, children from this area bear names that correspond with the days of the week, although these names may not necessarily appear on official documents. The names come in pairs for male and female children. As such, a male child born on Wednesday is named ‘Kwaku’ while the female is ‘Akua’.

  • Monday – Kojo (male),  Adjoa (female)
  • Tuesday – Kwabena (male), Abena (female)
  • Wednesday – Kwaku (male), Akua (female)
  • Thursday – Yaw (male), Yaa (female)
  • Friday – Kofi (male), Afua (female)
  • Saturday – Kwame (male), Ama (female)
  • Sunday – Kwesi (male), Akosua (female)

That being said, Ghanaians also bear other traditional names that have strong meanings attached to them. This article unveils 50 of these Ghanaian names for boys and girls, their origin, and meaning.

Unique Ghanaian Names and What They Mean

1. Adom

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Help from God
  • Pronunciation: A- Dom
  • Origin: Akan origin
  • Most popular in: Akan

2. Gyasi

  • Gender: Male/Female
  • Meaning: Wonderful Child
  • Pronunciation: Ji-Yasi
  • Origin: Akan, Egyptian, and Ghanaian regions
  • Most popular in: Ghana

3. Botwe

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: The eighth born son
  • Pronunciation: Boo-twi
  • Origin: Akan
  • Most popular in: Akan ethnic group

4. Sika

  • Gender: Male/Female
  • Meaning: gold or money
  • Pronunciation: sik- aa
  • Origin: Ghana, Kenya, Bantu, and Tanzania
  • Most popular in: Ghana

5. Mawusi

  • Gender: Male/Female
  • Meaning: In the hands of God
  • Pronunciation: Mow-shi
  • Origin: Ewe
  • Most popular in: Ewe

6. Thema

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Queen
  • Pronunciation: The-ma
  • Origin: Akan, and Ghanaian origins
  • Most popular in: Akan

7. Deladem

  • Gender: Unisex
  • Meaning: Redeemed by a savior
  • Pronunciation: Del-a-de-m
  • Origin: Ghanaian:
  • Most popular in: Ewe

8. Afryea

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: The born during good times
  • Pronunciation: Afri-aa
  • Origin: Ewe
  • Most popular in: Ghana

9. Osei

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Noble or Honorable
  • Pronunciation: O- Sei
  • Origin: Akan, Ashanti
  • Most popular in: Akan, Ghana

10. Ashuntae

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Thank you
  • Pronunciation: a-shun-tae, ash(u)-ntae
  • Origin: Ashanti
  • Most popular in: Ghana
  • Fun Fact: Ashuntae is a variant of the Ghanaian name Ashanti

11. Kwassi

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: born on Sunday
  • Pronunciation: k-wassi
  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Akan

12. Kosi

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: born on Sunday
  • Pronunciation: k(o)-si
  • Origin: Akan, Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Akan region

13. Abina

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: born on Tuesday
  • Pronunciation: A-bi-na
  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Akan Ashanti

14. Caimile

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: A family is born
  • Pronunciation: Kuh-Meel
  • Origin: Akan, French
  • Most popular in: Akan

15. Ozigbodi

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Patience
  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Ghanaian

Do

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: A leader
  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Ghana

16. Dofi

  • Gender: Male/Female
  • Meaning: the second-born after twins
  • Pronunciation: do-fi
  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Ghana

17. Duku

  • Gender: Male/Female
  • Meaning: 11th born
  • Pronunciation: Du-Kuu
  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Ghana
  • Funfact: Akan word duku also means “headscarf” or “handkerchief

18. Enyonyam

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: This is good for me
  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Ewe

 19. Fifi

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: One who will add
  • Pronunciation: FEE-FEE
  • Origin: French
  • Most popular in: Ghana
  • Fun Fact: Fifi is derived from the name Josephine

20. Majid

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: magnificent
  • Pronunciation: Ma- gid
  • Origin: Islamic / Muslim
  • Most popular in: Ghana

 21. I’timad

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: dependence
  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Ghana

22. Kakra

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: The second of twins
  • Origin: Arabic
  • Most popular in: Ghana
  • Fun Fact: The name Kakra is the most overused Ghanaian name in most love songs

23. Fenuku

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: born after the term or born late
  • Pronunciation: fi-nu-ku
  • Origin: Egyptian, and Fante
  • Most popular in: Egypt. Ghana

24. Likem

  • Gender: Unisex
  • Meaning: Establish me
  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Ghana

25. Lumusi

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Born face downward
  • Pronunciation: Lu-Mu- zhi
  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Akan

26. Nana

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: favor, grace, or mother earth
  • Pronunciation: NUN-Nah
  • Origin: Ghana
  • Most popular in: Ghana, Hebrew, Japanese, Kenyan, Spanish, Swahili

27. Nanyamka

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: God’s gift
  • Pronunciation: Nan-Yam Kah
  • Origin: Ewe
  • Most popular in: Ewe

28. Ye

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: The elder of twins
  • Pronunciation: Ye
  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Ghana

29. Serwa

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: noblewoman, rich, jewel, and wealthy
  • Pronunciation: Sere waa
  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Ghana

30. Agyei

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Messenger from God
  • Pronunciation: Ad-Jay
  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Ghana

31. Tawiah

  • Gender: Male/Female
  • Meaning: First-child after twins
  • Pronunciation: Taa-WIY-aa
  • Origin: Ghana
  • Most popular in: Ashanti

32. Tsoenamawu

  • Gender:  Male
  • Meaning: To leave it to God
  • Origin: Ghana
  • Most popular in: Ghana

33. Wafaa

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: faithfulness
  • Pronunciation: Wa-fa-a
  • Origin: Ghana and Arabic
  • Most popular in: Ghana

34. Xoese

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Hope
  • Origin: Ewe
  • Most popular in: Ewe

35. Yaayaa

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Born on Thursday
  • Pronunciation: Yaa-Yaa
  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Ghana

36. Ozigbodi

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: patience
  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Ghanaian

37. Yihana

  • Gender: Male/Female
  • Meaning: Congratulations
  • Pronunciation: Yi-ha-na
  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Ghana

38. Zuhrah

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: Lustre and brightness
  • Pronunciation: Zuh-ra
  • Origin: Arabic and Ghana
  • Most popular in: Ghana

39. Yao

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Thursday born
  • Pronunciation: Ya-O
  • Origin: Ewe
  • Most popular in: Ghana

40. Tse

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: younger twin
  • Pronunciation: Se
  • Origin: Ghana
  • Most popular in: Ghana

41. Sabir

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Persevering and patient
  • Pronunciation: Arabian
  • Origin: Arab
  • Most popular in: Ghana

42. Haniah

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Happiness and bliss
  • Pronunciation: Ha- ni-a
  • Origin: Arabic and Ghana
  • Most popular in: Ghana

43. Kplorm

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Guide me
  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Ghana

44. Kaatachi

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Supreme chief or a Leader
  • Pronunciation: Kaa-ta-shi
  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Ghana

45. Ashanti

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Undefeated, Divine, Peace
  • Pronounced as: uh-sh-AH-n-t-ee
  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Ghana

46. Kunto

  • Gender: Female
  • Meaning: The third child or the third-born
  • Pronunciation: KOON-taw
  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Akan

47. Dodzi

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Perseverance
  • Origin: Ewe. Ghana
  • Most popular in: Ewe

48. Ampah

  • Gender: Unisex
  • Meaning: Trust and faith
  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Akan

49. Addae

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Dawn or the morning sun
  • Pronounced as: A-d
  • Origin: Ghana
  • Most popular in: Ghana

50. Ababio

  • Gender: Male
  • Meaning: Kid that keeps coming
  • Pronunciation: Aba-bi-o
  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Most popular in: Ghana

Ghanaian Names For Twin Boys and Their Origin

Panyin and Kakra – Akan

Atsu and Atsutse – Ewe

Ata and Atakuma- Ewe

Oko and Akwete – Ga

Ghanaian Names For Twin Girls and Their Origin

Ataa Panyin and Kakra – Akan

Atawo and Atawakuma – Ewe

Akwele and Akuoko – Ga

Ghanaian Names For Twin Boys and Girls and Their Origin

Ataa (Girl) and Atta (boy) – Akan

Atsu (girl) and Atsufi (Boy) – Ewe

Ata (Girl) and Atasi (Boy) – Ewe

Akwele (Girl) and Oko (Boy) – Ga

Most Common Names In Ghana and Their Meanings

  • Blewu — Patient/Slow
  • Bubune — Honor unto Him (God)
  • Butsorme — Think of tomorrow
  • Bubutor – Owner Of Honor
  • Dela — Saviour/Redeemer
  • Deladem — The Saviour has redeemed me
  • Delali — The Saviour lives
  • Delanya — The Saviour knows
  • Delanyo – The Saviour is good
  • Delasi — In the Saviour’s hands/the Saviour has heard
  • Desiadenyo — All is good
  • Dodzi — Fortitude
  • Dogbeda — Pray
  • Domenyo — Kindness
  • Dzidedi — Comfort
  • Dzidudu — Dzidula
  • Afa — Peace/Calmness
  • Fafali — There is peace/calmness
  • Fiavi — Prince/Princess
  • Fiagbor – The King has come
  • Foli — First son
  • Gameli — There is time
  • Ganyo — Money is good
  • Galevo — Money is different
  • Dzidula — Conqueror
  • Dzidzeme — Peaceful heart
  • Dzidzor — Joy/Happiness
  • Dzidzorm — Dzidzorm
  • Dziedzorm — Glad I am
  • Edotomi — He (God) has heard us
  • Edemi — He (God) has saved/delivered us
  • Edrorlali — The judge lives
  • Edinam — Am lucky
  • Edinami — We are lucky
  • Dzifa — Comfort/Peace at heart
  • Dzigbordi — Patience
  • Dzordzoe — Righteous/Just
  • Dzorgbenyui — Good luck
  • Dzidzoli – Happiness is here
  • Edem — He (God) has saved/delivered me
  • Edemi — He (God) has saved/delivered us
  • Edudzi — He (God) has vanquished
  • Edotom — He (God) has heeded me
  • Edzordzi — It makes happinness
  • Edzordzinam — It made me happy
  • Edzordzinami — It made us happy
  • Edzordzinawo — It made them happy
Chika Udeh
Chika is an expert wordsmith who uses her skills to write about people and events that matter. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music and moving along to the tune.
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