Africa is a huge continent having abundance of diverse tribes and ethnic groups which provides a wealth of baby name inspiration. African names are derived from local and foreign languages such as English, French, Arabic, and Portuguese and these names are exotic, beautiful and hold a deeper meaning and history.
Traditionally, African baby names are based on places, spirits, ancestors, or events occurring during the time of their birth. Africans have a strong believe that a name can influence both the life of the child and the family. Africans also believes that a simple name can lead to a bad future and an over-ambitious name can cause serious repercussions. The Naming-Day ceremony is also considered as a crucial event and celebrated within the first week of baby's birth. In some parts of Africa, parents name their children after famous political figures in the hope that their babies may become successful as their namesakes. Some common African baby names are Barack Mahdi, Quan, Layla and Kabira.