56 Xitsonga Unisex Names to Name Your Child

Why do we have names? It is for recognition purposes and to also identify one from the other but in Africa, names are a form of a statement.

They are either personal stories by parents, a reminder to an individual affected by the birth of a child whereas some names are honorary, symbolic and ancestral – this also applies in Xitsonga culture. As modern and open-minded individuals, we seem not to mind naming our children using names from other ethnic groups. If you’re not Tsonga and would like to give your child a Xitsonga name, below are common unisex names and together with their meanings. And if you’re already part of the Xitsonga group; keep making the circle bigger by choosing your favourite to name your child.

  1. Amukelani – Accept or Recognize
  2. Amukelo – Acceptance
  3. Andziso –Growth
  4. Dzunisani – Praise.
  5. Endlani – Deed
  6. Engetelo – Addition
  7. Fumani – Be Wealthy
  8. Hetisani – Finish up what we’ve started
  9. Hlamalani – Wonder
  10. Hlawulani – Choose
  11. Hlayisani – Protect
  12. Hlulani – Be Victorious (Shangazine Editor’s name)
  13. Khensani – Give Thanks
  14. Kulani – Grow
  15. Langutani – Unisex. Behold
  16. Lwandle – Sea
  17. Langavi – Flame
  18. Mahlori – Wonders
  19. Masungulo – Beginnings
  20. Matimba – Power or Strength
  21. Matimu – History made
  22. Mfanelo – Noble Duty
  23. Miyelani – Be Serene
  24. Mixo – Dawn or Morning
  25. Mpimo – Dimension or Measure
  26. Muhluri – Victor
  27. Musa – Kindness
  28. Muvumbi  – Creator
  29. Nhlamulo – Solution
  30. Nhlawuleko – Chosen
  31. Nhluvuko – Progress
  32. Nkateko – Lucky
  33. Nsovo – Compassion or Mercy
  34. Nsuku – Golden
  35. Ntiyiso – Truth
  36. Ntsako – Happiness
  37. Ntshembo – Faith or Trust
  38. Ntshuxeko – Freedom
  39. Ntsumi – Angel
  40. Nyiko – Gift
  41. Rhulani – Be Peaceful
  42. Risima – Value
  43. Rito – Voice of Honour
  44. Tinyiko – Gifts
  45. Tirhani – Work Together
  46. Tiyiselani – Have Endurance
  47. Tlangelani – Rejoice
  48. Tsakani – Be Happy
  49. Vonani – Behold
  50. Vulani – Speak Volumes
  51. Vutlhari – Wisdom
  52. Vutomi – Life
  53. Xihlamariso – Surprise
  54. Xikombiso – Example
  55. Xilombe – Sweet Voice
  56. Xitshembiso – Promise

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  1. Go Girl Go! I love work you have done in terms of putting Xitsonga names on the map; and explaining their meanings so accurately. I hope you can also prepare a Xitsonga dictionary and bi-lingual one. God bless you

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