Friday, January 18, 2013

Zimbabwean Shona Names

Harare - also known as "Sunshine City"

These are some of the most common names in the native Shona language of Zimbabwe,spoken by over 80% of the population.I wrote these names from my head because I know friends and people with such names.I can speak and write the common Karanga Shona version fairly well,although deep Shona can be a challenge.Shona has five dialects (Karanga,Zezuru,Manyika,Ndau and Kore Kore).

List of Male & Female Shona Names and their Meaning in Random Order:

Notes***English translation in brackets

Tinashe (God with us) male name
Anesu (He is with us) male name
Nyasha (Grace) male
Tawanda (We are many) male
Tariro (Hope / looking forward to the future) male
Tamuka (We are awake/We have risen) male
Tonderai (Remember) male
Taurai (Talk) male
Tanaka (we are good,nice,pleasant) male+female
Tashinga (we are brave) male
Tongai (Rule) male
Takunda (we conquered) male
Tauya ( we have come) male
Farai (Be happy) male
Tofara (we are happy) male
Kudakwashe (will of God) male
Kudzai (respect) female
Kudzanai (respect each other) female
Rukudzo (respect) female
Tinotenda ( We are thankful) male
Tendai  (Thank you) male
Chipo (Gift) female name
Gamuchirai (To accept a gift with your hands ) female
Yeukai ( We Remember) female name
Vimbai (Abide with) female name
Vimbainashe (Abide with God) female name
Fungai (think) female name
Fungisai (think well) female
Garai (Stay) Male name
Garikai (have a good life) male
Mufaro (happiness) male
Farisai (be very happy) female
Tsvakai (Look for) female name
Tsitsi (Mercy) female name
Rudo (Love) female
Takura (We are grown up) male
Wonai (See) female+male
Zivanai (Get to know each other) male name
Zivai (Know) male
Shamiso (A great wonder / wonderful) female name
Zvikomborero (blessings) female
Shingirai (be brave) male
Shingai (be brave) male
Simbarashe (God’s power) male
Simba (power) male
Rindai (keep watch,take care of) female
Rufaro (joy) male+female

Anokosha (she is precious) female
Aneni (she is with me) female
Anodiwa (beloved) female
Anotida (she loves us) female
Anoona (she sees) female
Batsirai (help) female
Revesai (we mean it) female
Chenai (be pure/clean/smart) female
Chenesai (make pure/clean) female
Chengetai ( keep) female
Chiedza (light/dawn) female
Chido (loved one) female
Chiratidzo (vision) female
Chishamiso (miracle/wonder) female
Chipiwo (gift) female
Chiwoniso (vision) female
Dadisai (be proud) female
Dadirai (show off) female
Danai (call) female
Edzai (try) female+male
Fadzai (make happy) female
Farirai (like,interested in) female
Fudzayi (lead) female
Haruperi (it doesn’t end) female
Hazvinei (it doesn’t matter) female
Itai (do) male + female
Idai (like/want) female
Ipaishe (give to God) female
Kunashe (God is there) female
Kundai (overcome) female
Kundiso (victory) female
Maidei (what you want) female
Maitaishe (thank you God) female
Makanaka (good) female
Mandida (you love me) female
Manyika ()male+female
Matida (you have loved us) female
Matipa (you have given us) female
Mawanda (you are many) female
Mazvita (thank you
Muchafara (you shall be happy) female+male
Muchaneta (you shall be tired) female+male
Mudiwa (loved one) female
Mukai (arise) female
Mukudzei (praise God) female
Munashe (God with us) female+male
Mutsa (mercy) female
Mutsawashe (God’s mercy) female
Nakai (be good/nice) female
Netsai (troublesome) female
Natsai (make holy/good) female
Nhamo (problems,trials) male + female
Ndafadzwa (I am happy) female
Ndanatsei (am I good?) female
Ngonidzashe (God’s mercy) male+female
Nyengeterai (persuade) female

Nyaradzai (console) female
Nyarai (respect) female
Nyararai (be quiet) female
Nyaradzai (console) female
Nyaradzo (consolation) female
Nyika (country) male
Nyemwererai (smile) female
Onai (see) male + female
Paidamoyo (where the heart wants/is) female
Pamhidzai (repeat) female
Panashe (where there is God) female
Pepukai (wake up) female
Pikirayi (swear/promise) male
Ratidzai (show someone) female
Ratidzo (instruction/demonstration) female
Ropafadzo (blessed) female
Rudairo (a call) female
Rudaviro (a call,calling) female
Rudorwashe (God’s love) female
Rujeko (brilliance/light) female
Rukudzo (respect,honor) female
Rumbidzai (worship) female
Rungano (story,fable,fairytale,legend) female + male
Runyararo (peace) female
Ruponeso (salvation) female
Ruramisai (make holy/right) female
Rutendo (thanksgiving) female
Ruvarashe (God’s flower) female
Ruvimbo (faith) female
Ruwadzano (togetherness) female
Sarudzai (choose) female
Sekai (laugh) female
Shorai (blame) female
Simukai (stand up) female
Tadisa (we have loved) female
Tadiwa (we are loved) female
Tadiwanashe (God loves us) female+male
Tafadzwa (we are happy) female
Takaedza (we tried) male+female
Tambudzai (give trouble) female
Tamirira (we are waiting for) female
Tamupiwa (she was given to us) female
Tanatsa (do good) female
Tanatswa (we are purified) female
Tanyaradzwa (we have been consoled) female
Tapedza (we have finished)
Tarusikirwa () male
Tapiwa (given) female+male
Tapiwanashe (given by God) female
Tapuwa (given) female
Tarirai (look at) female+male
Tawana (we have found) female+male
Tichaona (we will see) female+male
Tinatsei (make us pure) female
Tinavo (we are with them) female+male
Tinaye (we are with God) female+male
Tinevimbo (we have faith) female
Tatenda (thank you) female
Ropafadzo (blessing) female
Taropafadzwa (we are blessed) female+male
Timukudzei (praise Him – God) female
Tinotenda (thank you) female+male
Tinozivaishe (we know God) female+male
Todii (what shall we do?) male
Toitasei (what shall we do?) male
Tumai (send) male
Tinoda (we want) male
Tsungirirai (perseverance) male+female
Upenyu (life) male
Varaidzo (care/leisure/relaxation/hobby) female
Chivaraidzo (something that gives you relaxation) female
Vhenekerayi (shine,illuminate) female
Vimbiso (promise) female
Vongai (cherish) female
Wadzanai (be united,live together in harmony) female
Watinoda (the one we love) female
Yananiso (togetherness) female
Yemurai (emulate/admire) female
Zvanyadza (this is shameful,this is a disgrace) female
Zviedzo (trials,temptations) female
Zvikomborero (blessings) female
Zvinodaishe (what God wants) female+male

There are hundreds of other Shona names.If you know of any Shona name which has been omitted from the list,Please add it in the Comments Section below:

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