Swahili Dog Names

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Introduction

For people of East African origin, those that have an interest in the region’s culture or those that have simply enjoyed a visit, there are few better languages to derive a dog name from than Swahili. For anyone unfamiliar, you may actually already know a few Swahili words, as many were introduced into American culture (mostly unknowingly by the public) through Disney’s The Lion King, whose characters’ names, from Simba (lion) to Pumbaa (to be foolish), aptly embodied those they represented. So with a little research, you too can give the name of a meaningful Swahili word or concept to your dog.

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Swahili Dog Name Considerations

Compared to many of our other themed guides, giving your dog a Swahili name may be one of the easiest. Many of the words have an inherent beauty to them, as do many of the more complex underlying concepts they may convey. Of course, it’s easy enough to pick a name that just sounds right or suitable, even without the meaning (though you should be careful if you’re picking willy-nilly, just in case). 

However, if you’d like to give them something a bit more meaningful, the difficulty increases only slightly. Our best suggestion is to first make a list of your dog’s most defining traits (in the form of an adjective like “kind-hearted” if possible, for the sake of ease), such as their looks, their habits, quirks or overall personality. Once you’ve done so, grab a basic Swahili book or find a reputable language translator online and start plugging in the words you’d use to describe them. Once you find one you like, make sure to double check its meaning through another resource or look for other similar words with the meaning you are going for. With any luck, you’ll not only find a name that sounds nice, but has some significant meaning as well!

Male Swahili Dog Names

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Kidogo
Which means "small"
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Jambo
A Swahili greeting, similar to hello
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Semi
To speak or say
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Asante
Meaning "thank you"
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Karibu
Meaning "welcome"
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Kubwa
Swahili for "big"
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Ndefu
Swahili for "long"
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Buluu
Meaning "blue" as in the color
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Kijani
The color green
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Moto
Which means "hot"
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Leo
Meaning "today"
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Maji
Swahili for "water"
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Sumaki
Swahili for "fish"
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Mbogo
Which means "buffalo"
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Kiboko
Which means "hippo"
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Simba
Meaning "lion"
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Kifaru
Swahili for "rhino"
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Tamu
Swahili for "sweet"
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Chafu
Which means "dirty" in Swahili
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Rahisi
Which translates to "easy"
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Nzito
Which means "heavy" in Swahili
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Nyepesi
Which translates to "light"
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Zee
Which means "old"
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Tulivu
Swahili for "quiet"
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Polepole
Which translates to "slow" in English
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Ngumu
Meaning "difficult"
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Kienyeji
Which means "local"
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Soni
"Shy" in Swahili
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Shupavu
Which means "energetic"
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Kuaminika
Which means "reliable"

Female Swahili Dog Names

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Nzuri
Roughly translates to "fine" or "I'm doing fine"
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Kwaheri
Meaning "goodbye"
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Safi
Slang for "cool" or "fresh"
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Poa
Also means "cool" as in approval of something you find intriguing
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Freshi
The Swahili translation of English slang for "fresh"
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Fupi
Swahili for "short"
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Nyeusi
Which means the color black
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Mei
The month of May in Swahili
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Juni
"June" in Swahili
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Pesa
Meaning "money"
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Kula
To eat
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Baridi
Swahili for "cold"
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Kuku
Meaning "chicken" in Swahili
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Sasa
Which means "now" in Swahili
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Chita
The Swahili translation of "cheetah"
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Twiga
Meaning "giraffe"
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Fisi
Swahili for "hyena"
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Chumvi
Which means "salty" in Swahili
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Haraka
Meaning "fast"
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Kelele
"Noisy" in Swahili
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Hodari
Swahili for "powerful"
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Giza
Which means "dark"
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Ghali
Which means "expensive" in Swahili
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Jaa
Swahili for "full"
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Mpya
Swahili for "new"
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Laini
Which translates to "soft"
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Tulia
Meaning "calm"
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Chekesha
Swahili for "funny"
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Shupaa
Swahili for "strong"
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Shujaa
Swahili for "brave"

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