Swahili Dog Names: 300+ African Names for Girl and Boy Dogs

The following is a list of the most popular African Swahili dog names. You will notice that most of these Swahili names are influenced by the Arabic language that is spoken by over 1.8 billion Muslims.

This is because the first Arabs who arrived in East Africa used the language to do trade and spread their religion to the indigenous African tribes. It is no wonder then that even the Swahili name is of Arab origin: It comes from “Sawahil”, an Arabic name for “shores”, “coasts” or “River banks”.

Traditional Africans, just like most people on earth, usually gave their babies names that reflected the seasons, weather conditions and events occurring at the time of birth. This is why most Swahili dog names are actual names of animals, weather conditions such as Mvua/ Nyesha (rain), Jua (sun), Sita (6th day of the week) and Dume (bull).

But the most famous African and Swahili dog name is Simba, the Lion king in Disney’s The Lion King movies Franchise. Other popular movie lion names are Mufasa and Sarabi. Although Simba in the movies is a male lion, this badass dog name is a unisex Swahili name.

Swahili Dog Names: Best 300+ African Dog Names

We have arranged the following Swahili dog names in alphabetical order.

African Swahili dog names

Simba, Swahili for “Lion”, is one of the most popular African and Swahili dog names

Swahili Dog Names that Start with A and B

  1. Abdalla
  2. Abedi
  3. Adea
  4. Admir
  5. Afia/ Afiya
  6. Afya
  7. Ahadi
  8. Ahmed
  9. Aisha
  10. Ajabu
  11. Ajuza
  12. Akili
  13. Alama
  14. Ali
  15. Almasi
  16. Amali
  17. Amana
  18. Amani
  19. Amaziah
  20. Amena
  21. Amina
  22. Amri
  23. Anga
  24. Annan
  25. Asafa
  26. Asali
  27. Asani
  28. Asante
  29. Asha
  30. Ashura
  31. Asili
  32. Askari
  33. Atieno
  34. Ayanna
  35. Ayubu
  36. Azizi
  37. Baba
  38. Bahari
  39. Bahati
  40. Bakari
  41. Balozi
  42. Bamba
  43. Baraka
  44. Barrak
  45. Bawa
  46. Baya
  47. Bendera
  48. Bidii
  49. Binti
  50. Busara
  51. Bustani
  52. Busu

Swahili Dog Names that Start with C, D, E, F, G and H

  1. Chacha
  2. Chapati
  3. Chatu
  4. Chiku
  5. Chui
  6. Dalili
  7. Daudi
  8. Dhahabu
  9. Dhiki
  10. Dume
  11. Duni
  12. Fahamu
  13. Fahari
  14. Faida
  15. Farasi
  16. Fariji
  17. Fatima
  18. Fimbo
  19. Fupi
  20. Finya
  21. Giza
  22. Goma
  23. Habari
  24. Haki
  25. Halima
  26. Hamidi
  27. Hamisi
  28. Hasana
  29. Hasani
  30. Hasira
  31. Hassan
  32. Haya
  33. Hesabu
  34. Heshima
  35. Hewa
  36. Hila
  37. Hodari
  38. Hofu

Swahili Dog Names that Start with I, J, K and L

  1. Ikeno
  2. Imani
  3. Imara
  4. Ishara
  5. Issa
  6. Jabali
  7. Jabari
  8. Jafari
  9. Jamaa
  10. Jamal
  11. Jamba
  12. Jamila
  13. Jana
  14. Jela
  15. Jike
  16. Jina
  17. Jiwe
  18. Jogoo
  19. Johari
  20. Joho
  21. Juma
  22. Juzi
  23. Kahawa
  24. Kaimati
  25. Kali
  26. Kamaria
  27. Kamba
  28. Kamili
  29. Kasuku (Parrot)
  30. Kazi
  31. Kelele
  32. Kenya
  33. Kesi
  34. Kiama
  35. Kibibi
  36. Kifaru
  37. Kijana
  38. Kike
  39. Kiki
  40. Kimya
  41. Kito
  42. Kobe
  43. Kobe
  44. Koko
  45. Kombo
  46. Kondoo
  47. Kovu
  48. Kubwa
  49. Kucha
  50. Kumi
  51. Kwanza
  52. Leo
  53. Lulu

Swahili Dog Names that Start with M

  1. Madaraka
  2. Madoadoa
  3. Mali
  4. Malkia
  5. Mama
  6. Manyoya
  7. Maria
  8. Marini
  9. Masai/ Maasai
  10. Mauridi
  11. Mbaya
  12. Mbili
  13. Mbio
  14. Mbita
  15. Mbwa
  16. Mchumba
  17. Methali
  18. Meza
  19. Mfalme
  20. Mfupi
  21. Mguu
  22. Mila
  23. Miujiza
  24. Mjanja
  25. Mkia
  26. Mkuki
  27. Moja
  28. Mombasa
  29. Moshi
  30. Moto
  31. Moyo
  32. Mpole
  33. Mrefu
  34. Mshale
  35. Mshindi
  36. Msitu
  37. Mtoto (Toto)
  38. Mufasa
  39. Munira
  40. Musa
  41. Mvua
  42. Mvuvi
  43. Mwamba
  44. Mwanga
  45. Mwangaza
  46. Mweupe
  47. Mwewe
  48. Mwinda
  49. Mwinyi
  50. Mzalendo
  51. Mzee
  52. Mzuzi

Swahili Dog Names that Start with N, O and P

  1. Nafasi
  2. Nairobi
  3. Nane
  4. Ndege
  5. Ndogo
  6. Ndovu
  7. Neema
  8. Nene
  9. Ngao
  10. Ngedere
  11. Ngovu
  12. Nguvu
  13. Nia
  14. Nina
  15. Nuka
  16. Nuru
  17. Nusu
  18. Nyayo
  19. Nyesha
  20. Nyeupe
  21. Nyeusi
  22. Nyimbo
  23. Nyofu
  24. Nyota
  25. Nyuki
  26. Nywele
  27. Ogopa
  28. Omari
  29. Paka
  30. Pamba
  31. Pembe
  32. Penda/ Pendwa
  33. Penzi/ Mpenzi
  34. Pepo
  35. Pilau
  36. Pombe
  37. Pori
  38. Pumbaa

Swahili Dog Names that Start with Q, R and S

  1. Radhi
  2. Rafiki
  3. Raha
  4. Rajabu
  5. Ramadhani
  6. Rangi
  7. Rashid
  8. Refu
  9. Rehema
  10. Risasi
  11. Robo
  12. Rubi
  13. Ruka
  14. Rukia
  15. Rungu
  16. Saa/ Masaa
  17. Sadiki
  18. Sadiku
  19. Safari
  20. Safi
  21. Sahel
  22. Saidi
  23. Saidia
  24. Salama
  25. Samaki
  26. Samba
  27. Sambamba
  28. Sarabi
  29. Sarafina
  30. Shaba
  31. Shahidi
  32. Shairi
  33. Shani
  34. Shayiri
  35. Shida
  36. Shughuli
  37. Shujaa
  38. Siafu
  39. Sifa
  40. Simba
  41. Sindano
  42. Sita
  43. Subira
  44. Sukari
  45. Sultan
  46. Sumu

Swahili Dog Names that Start with T – Z

  1. Taa
  2. Taabu
  3. Taarab
  4. Tabia
  5. Tabibu
  6. Taji
  7. Tajiri
  8. Tamaa
  9. Tamani
  10. Tamara
  11. Tamu
  12. Tanga
  13. Tano
  14. Tarumbeta
  15. Tatu
  16. Tausi
  17. Taya
  18. Tayari
  19. Tembo
  20. Thamani
  21. Tisa
  22. Tisha/ Tisho
  23. Tumaini
  24. Twiga
  25. Ubongo
  26. Uhuru
  27. Upepo
  28. Ushindi/ Mshindi
  29. Usiku
  30. Uzima
  31. Wema
  32. Winda
  33. Wingu
  34. Yasmini
  35. Yazid/ Yazeed
  36. Zahara
  37. Zahra/ Zahara
  38. Zahur
  39. Zain
  40. Zainabu
  41. Zalika
  42. Zama
  43. Zane
  44. Zawadi
  45. Zazu
  46. Zendaya
  47. Ziwa
  48. Zubeida
  49. Zuberi
  50. Zubery
  51. Zuri
  52. Zuru
  53. Zuwena

Swahili is a Popular Language

Swahili is a language that is widely spoken in Africa. The African content has over 3,000 tribes, more than 2,000 spoken languages and over 1.3 billion people. It is also the fastest growing continent in the world. Swahili is the official language in Kenya and Tanzania. It is also widely spoken in many countries in Africa, especially nations that belong to the East, Central and Southern Africa regions.

These include Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Zanzibar, Mozambique, Malawi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and the Comoros Islands – in addition to Kenya and Tanzania.

Moreover, Swahili is now being taught in South Africa, and is in addition an official language of the African Union. But the love for Swahili baby names and Swahili dog names has gone far and wide, especially since the first Lion King movie was produced in 1994.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harrison is a zoophilist who loves to spend time with animals. He doesn't suffer from pet allergies. But he would love for the world to be allergy-free. Harry is also a male sexual health expert who enjoys writing about reproductive health.