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African Names Starting with D

Whether you’re looking for a name for your child, a new pet, or even a character in a story you’re writing, there are tons of ideas out there. We’ve compiled helpful guides of names and their meanings...
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The meaning of Dakari is 'someone who is filled with happiness' or 'joyful'. It is a name of African origin and it is pronounced as 'de-kari'. It has only become popular in recent years, with a sudden increase in 2010. In 2018 it made it into the top 1000 for boys' name in the United States, in 910th place. There are a lot of famous people by this name, including Dakari Naeem Johnson. He is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

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African

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The meaning of Damilola is 'someone who is rich' or 'blessed with wealth'. It is a name with African origins and it is pronounced as 'day-me-lola' or 'daa-me-lola'. Damilola Adegbite is just one well-known personality with this name. She is a Nigerian actress and model, known for her roles of Thelema Duke in 'Tinsel' and Kemi Williams in 'Flower Girl'. She is famous for winning the award for 'Best Actress in a TV Series' at the 2011 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

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African

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The meaning of Davu is 'the beginning of an era' or 'the start of a revolutionary period'. The name has African origins and it is pronounced as 'daa-woo'. Though Davu is commonly seen as a surname, it can also be used as a first name. There are only a few famous people by this name, like Vilimaina Davu. She is a Fijian and New Zealand netball player and who has represented both of these countries at an international level. She also played basketball internationally and won Fijian Sportswoman of the Year in 2000.

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African

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The meaning of Deka is 'a pleasant person' or 'an angel sent from heaven'. Though it stated to have African origins, it could also have come from the Ancient Greek word 'deka', which was used for the number ten. Deka is also a very popular surname in the North East region of India and it is pronounced phonetically as 'day-ka'. There are a few famous people by this name, such as Jim Ankan Deka. He is an Assamese musician and director who teaches at a Bangalore based music school called the Eastern Fare Music Foundation. He became famous because he was the first Assamese to reach this milestone.

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African

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The meaning of Delu is 'single born girl child' or 'single child'. The name is of African origin and it is pronounced as 'day-loo'. Delu is often used as a last name or as a nickname for Delus. There are a few famous people who have been named Delu, such as Yu Delu. He is a former snooker player who has represented his country, the People’s Republic of China, at international competitions.

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African

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The meaning of Dera is 'destiny', 'fate' or 'fortune'. It is a name that originated from Africa, however, it is also very popular in Wales. It is a variant form of the name Daere and it is pronounced as 'day-ra'. In several languages in India, the word Dera means 'a house' or 'a camp'. In Punjabi, a dera is a place where people meet and socialize in the village.

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African

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The meaning of Desta is 'joyful' or 'happy'. It is a name with African origins and it is pronounced phonetically as 'dest-aa'. Desta can be used as a first name as well as a surname and whilst it is a popular name in Ethiopia, it is not as common in other countries. There are a lot of famous people with this name. The most famous amongst all of them is Desta Girma Tadesse, who is a female long-distance runner from Ethiopia. She achieved her personal best of 2:31:44 at the 2013 Mumbai Marathon and won the Madrid Marathon in 2010 and 2011, as well as the Riga Marathon in 2011.

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African

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Diallo is a of African origins. The name is more generally used as a surname, rather than as a first name. The name originates from the Fula ethnic tribe, one of the biggest tribes of West Africa and Sahel. The meaning of Diallo is 'bold'. Notable people named Diallo include Diallo Telli, who was a politician from Guinea, and Diallo Guidileye, a footballer from Mauritania. Other prominent people to use it as a surname include Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, a West African prince who lived during the 18th century; Cheick Diallo, a basketball player from Mali; and Alpha Yaya Diallo, a Canadian-Guinean musician.

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African

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Diata is a name primarily given to males. The name has African origins. Diata can be considered a shorter form of Sundiata, which comes from the epic poem of the Malinke group of people. The meaning of Diata can be given as ‘brave as a lion’, ‘strong as a lion’, or simply ‘lion’. Another prominent person with the name is the Miss Universe Ghana 2018, Akpene Diata Hoggar, also known as Sun Diata, who is also an activist and an entrepreneur.

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African

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The meaning of Djimon is 'a powerful person' or 'a descendant of strong blood'. Djimon is pronounced as 'jaai-mun'. It is a name that is of Swahili origins. The most famous person by this name is Djimon Gaston Hounsou. He is a Beninese-American actor famous for his roles as Korath the pursuer in the Marven movies 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Captain Marvel', the Fisherman King in 'Aquaman' and the wizard Shazam in 'Shazam'. He has also been nominated for an Academy Award twice for his roles in 'Blood Diamond' and 'In America'.

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African

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African

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Duka is traditionally a boy's name of African origin. The meaning of Duka is 'all'. It can also be used as a surname of Eastern European origin. Dilaver 'Dilly' Duka is a professional soccer player from the United States.

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African

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The meaning of Dumi is 'someone who inspires people' or 'inspires faith'. It is a name with African origin and it is pronounced as 'dou-me'. Dumi is also a language that is spoken by the Kiranti people in the northern Khotang district of Nepal. It is one of the rarest languages in the world, with only eight known speakers. There are a few famous people with this name but the most well known in Rareș Dumitrescu. He is a Romanian sabre fencer who was World Champion in 2009 and won second place in the 2012 Olympic Games.

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