Ethiopian Name Translation

Ethiopian Names

Ethiopian Names

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Ethiopian Names (mostly Amharic names) 

male Female Meaning
Abebe Abebech blooming like flower
Kebede kebedech Getting heavy
Asnake Asnaku/Asnakech Become better than others
Bogale  Bogalech  glowing, getting brighter 
demeke demekech/demeku getting brighter
werkneh Worknesh You are a gold
Alem Alem world
mihret mihret  mercy/ pardon 
mulu Alem mulu Alem whole world
Mulu Ken Mulu ken  whole day (good day)
Meseret Meseret base
Nigus Nigist king/queen
li’ol Lielit  princes/princess 
brehan/brehanu Brihan  light
melku Melke my image
zema zema melode
 Alem Alem world
Alemu his world
Alem Neh AlemNesh you are the world
Lake Lakech getting better
Lemma growing better, 
Wendimu  his brother
tesfaye my hope
tesfa hope
Brehan Brehan Light
Brehane Brehane my light
mebrete mebreatu my light

Biblical names 

male Female Meaning
Adamu Genet
Adam Martha
Ahadu Helen
gere mariam Sara
Gebra hana Elsa
gebre kiristos Elisabeth
geriel Elizabeth
Mechela marry
Rahel
Aster
Samrawit

Places

male Female
Gojjam Gojjam
Shewa Shewa
Gonder Gonder
Addis  Addis
Dese Dese
medina
Israel
China

Ethnic names

male Female
zeberga welkite
goto
guma
gofa
maki
bedilu
debelo

Best-wishinf names

male Female Meaning
Desta Desta happiness
Tena Health
Fikre Fikre love
Selam Peace
Tirunih Tirunesh You are good
Melkamu Melkam Better

Precious stone names 

male Female Meaning
Almaz Diamond
Einku
 Workneh Worknesh You are a good
Wok Wiha/Yework wiha golden water
Afework Golden mouth
Amde Work Golden column 
Yework Zaff Golden tree
wedu you are expensive
biru you are Birr (Ethiopian currency) 
Meanings of Ethiopian Girls names
Name
Meaning
Origin
A
Abaynesh Like The Nile or You Are The Nile Amharic
Abebeche ~ Abebech
She Has Bloomed or Blooming Like A
Flower
Amharic
Abeba Flower
Amharic
Abenet
Example
Amharic
Abigail Father Rejoice Hebrew
Abigel
Abrinet
She Emanates Light or She Has Made It
Light
Tigrian
Achemyelesh
You Have No Competition or You Are
Everything
Admaswork Your Golden Horizon
Adanech
She Saved or She Rescued or She Has
Rescued Them Amharic
Adina She Has Saved Amharic
Addis New
Amharic
Addisalem
New World
Amharic
Adey
Ethiopian Daisy That Comes Out Once
Every Spring Amharic
Admas Horizon
Adowa Noble
Agere ~ Agerie My Country
Aida Ethiopian Princess or Returning
Akrham Generous Muslim

Alem World
Amharic
Alemitu You Are The Whole World
Alem’nesh You Are The World Amh
aric
Alitash
May I Not Lose You or May I Find You
Always My Precious Amharic
Almaz Diamond Amharic
Altaye
Ambai
Amara Paradise Amharic
Amareche She Is Beautiful Amhar
ic
Amaresh You Are Beautiful
Amakelech Bridge Between Two Fami
lies
Amsalech
Askale
Astair ~ Aster Esther Biblical
Amira A Princess Muslim/Biblical
Amina Trustful or Honest Muslim
Anania
Muslim
Andinet Unity
Andromeda Ethiopian Princess
Aragaw
Ariam
Amharic/Ge’es
Armani Faith
Arsemma
Amharic/Tigrigna
Aregash You Are Calm Amharic
Asmawit
Tigrigna
Asamenech She Made Me Believe Amha
ric
Asrat
Amharic

Asegedeche She Made Me Bow Amharic
Asnaku ~ Asnakech Become Better Than Others
Aster ~ Esther Star
Biblical/Amharic
Atikilt New Plant Amharic
Awet
Ayana Beautiful Flower Oromia
Ayantu
Ayelak
Ayelech
Aynalem
Ayni
Azeb
Aziza Gorgeous Muslim
Azmera Harvest Amharic
Azyam
B
Banchayehu
I Now See Life Through You or I See Life
Through Your Eyes
Bara
BeEmnet ~ Beimnet Through Faith or By Faith A
mharic
Bathsheba
Daughter Of Oath or Wife Of Ethiopian
King, Dawit Amharic/Biblical
Bedelwa With Her Luck Amharic
Belaynesh
Belquis
Berhane My Light Amharic/Tigrian
Beshadu
Oromigna
Beselot Gained Through Prayer Amharic

Besrat Good News Amharic
Bethel House Of God Amharic/Biblical
Bethania ~ Bethany A Place Mentioned In The Bib
le Amharic/Biblical
Betesida ~
Bethesda A Place Of Mercy Amhar
ic/Biblical
Betelihem ~
Bethelhem Bethlehem or Pledged To G
od Biblical/Amharic
Beza On My Side Ge’ez
Bezawit
The Saviour or One Who Gives Herself
For Others Survival Amharic
Bezawork
Biftu Dawn
Oromigna
Bilen Iris
Amharic
Bila
Oromigna
Birkeye Precious Amharic
Birole
Oromigna
Birhun
Bisrat ~ Besrat Good News
Amharic/Tigrian
Biseat
Ge’ez
Bogalech Glowing or Getting Brighter
Brehan Light
Brehane My Light
Bruktawit Blessed Amharic
Buzinesh
C
Candace Brilliantly White Ethiopian Queens Na
me
Chamashwork Golden Shoes (A symbol of
extreme beauty)
Chekolech She Hurried (Generally
given to a first child)

Chuni
Amharic
C’Nqua A Special Possession To Keep With You
D
Dagmawit Again or Second time
Dasach
Deborha The Bee Amharic/Biblical
Derartu
Demekech ~
Demeku
She Shines or Shining Brighter or Getting
Brighter Amharic
Denkenesh ~
Dinknesh You Are Wonderful
Amharic
Desta Joy or Happy
Amharic
Dinha Vindicated or Judgement
Muslim/Biblical
Dorcas Doe or Gazelle Greek
E
Eddel Luck or Destiny Amharic
Eden – Aden
Promise or The Place Of Pleasure or The
Garden Amharic/Biblical
Edna Renewal Amharic/Biblical
Ehthun Let Her Be A Sister
Elene ~ Elleni ~
Eleni Light or Biblical Of Helen
Amharic
Elfenesh
Elsa
Elsabet
Elshaday Almighty God or In Him We Trust Bibli
cal
Emebet Respected 1st Lady

Emerta
First Step Towards Something Big or A
Clue To Something Good
Emnet Believe or Faith
Amharic
Enanu
Amharic
Enanny
Amharic
Enku Pearl
Amharic
Enqu
Esche’tu Brave Warrior
Eskedare To The Far End or Far Away Amharic
Esyete
Amharic/Ge’ez
Etagegnehu I Found Me A Sister or I
Got A Sister Amharic
Etalemahu I Have Produced A Sist
er Amharic
Ethiopia Ethiopia Amharic
Etsgenet From Heaven or Of Heaven Amharic
Eyerusalem Jerusalem or Vision Of P
eace Biblical
Eyodora ~ Iodora A Small Village On A Hill I
n Harar Amharic
F
Fanta
Fantaye
Fatima ~ Fatuma Weaning One Muslim
Feker Love
Amharic
Fesesu
Fesesework
Feven
Amharic/Tigrian
Feyise She Has Been Saved
Fikre Love or My Love Amharic
Filagot My Desire

FireHeywot The Seed That Gave Life
or Seed Of Life Amharic
Fozia ~ Fozeya ~
Fozeia
The Effort It Takes To Follow The Route
To Victory Muslim
Fozia ~ Fozeya ~
Fozeia
A Desert Flower (very similar in
appearance to our Gerbera) Amharic
Freole ~ Freaulai Above Everyone Oromigna
Freyhiwot
Frezer Fertile
Amharic
G
Gadesse Oromigna
Gadise Shield or Shelter
Gedarm
Gelila ~ Delilah The Beautiful Temptres
s Amharic/Biblical
Genet Promise or Eden Amharic
Genzeb
Gete My Jewel Amharic
Giftee My Lady Oromigna
Gizeshw’k ~ Gizeshwork
Gobena
H
Habiba Beloved Muslim
Habtam Rich or Wealthy Amharic
Habte
Hamelmal From The Bible or The Word Amharic
Hamda
Muslim
Hamere
Amharic

Hanna ~ Hana
Favoured By God or Gracious Gift Of God
or St Mary’s Mother Amharic/Biblical
Haregewoin Vine Tree Amharic
Haset Joy
Amharic/Ge’ez
Hawa Longing Muslim
Hawani Oromigna
Haymanot ~ Himanot
Faith or Religion Amharic
Haimonot ~
Haimanot Faith or Religion Amhar
ic
Helen Light Greek
Helena Light
Latin
Helina Conscious Amharic
Heran Heroine Amharic/Ge’ez
Hermona In To The Palace Amharic
Hewan – Eve Life Giver Amharic/Biblic
al
Hezbalem The People Of The World
Amharic
Hirut Friend also Derivative Of Ruth
Amharic
Hiwot ~ Hiywot Life also Derivative Of
Ruth Amharic
Hosanna Joy or Glory Amharic/Biblical
Hudad
Amharic
I
Ibsituu Light
Oromigna
Ifrah She Is Happy or She Brings Joy M
uslim
Issay ~ Issaye God Is Our Salvation
J
Jalene We Loved Oromo

Jember Horizon Amharic
Jeneve
Jerusalem
Biblical
Jorgo
Oromigna
K
Kalkidan Promise or Word Covenant
Kebedech Getting Heavy
Kebebushe
They Surround You or You Are The
Centre Amharic
Kedamawit First
Amharic
Kelemework Gold Tone or Golden Colo
ured Amharic
Keleb
Kendi
Kidan Testament Amharic
Kidist Blessed Amharic
Kifle My Class
Kiya Mine
Oromo
Konjit Beauty Amharic
Kuleni
The One Who’s Eyes Are Lined With
Mascara and Princess/Special One
Kutre
L
Lakech Getting Better
Layla ~ Laila ~
Leyla Another or My Other Daughte
r Amharic or Born At Night Muslim
Leila ~ Lela Another or My Other D
aughter Amharic or Born At Night Muslim

Lalla Tulip
Oromigna
Lelo Grace
Oromigna
Leki-Ye-Delu
Lemlem Blossom Amharic
Leyish Let Me See You Amharic
Lia ~ Leah ~ Lea Bringer Of The Gospel Amh
aric/Biblical
Lidya
A Christian Woman Called A Seller Of
Purple Amharic/Biblical
Lielit Princess
Lishan Award or Medal Amharic
Liyou ~ Liyu Different or Unique A
mharic
Louam Sleep Well Muslim
Luam Peaceful or Calm Tigrian
Lubaba
Muslim
Lube
Oromigna
Lulit Jewel
Amharic
Lula Nick Name Amharic
M
Makda High Tower or Woman Of Magdala Amhar
ic
Makeda Magnificent
Mahabuba
Mahdere ~ Mahadere
Amharic
Mah’der Resting Place For God or New Flower
Mahalet ~ Mahelet ~
Mah’let My Best Girl or Eve or Life Amharic
Maidote
The Day To Start Over or The Day After
Easter Ge’ez
Mare My Honey Amharic

Martha
Biblical
Masresha The One Who Helped Us T
o Forget Amharic
Majo
Makeda ~ Makda High Tower Amharic
Mamitu
Mariame
Martha
Biblical
Me’aza ~ Meaza Aroma Amharic
Medhanit
Meharene Forgive Us Amharic
Mehiret ~ Mhiret ~
Mehret Forgiveness Amharic
Mekdella ~ Mekdela A Mountain In North Ethiopia
Amharic
Mekdes Holy Place or Holy Of The Holy’s Amh
aric
Mekdi
Meklit Gift To God Amharic
Melat
Melkam Better
Melkamnesh You Are Very Welcome
Melke My Image
Mena ~ Mana
To Allot or To Weigh Out (Also a River
and a Town in Ethiopia)
Amharic
Menen Grace or Ethiopian Princess Amharic
Meron
A Type Of Holy Oil Used In The Ethiopian
Orthodox Church or Gift Of God Amharic
Meraffe ~ Miraffe Chapter Amharic
Meseret ~ Messert Base or Foundation or Begin
ning Amharic/Oromo
Meskerm Spring or September Amharic
Mestawot Mirror
Amharic

Metasebiya Remembrance
Mihret Mercy or Pardon
Mimi
Bitterly Wanted or A Nick/Pet Name For
Girls
Amharic
Miniya I Have Much Expected Of Her Tigrign
a
Mintesinswat
There Is Nothing She Can’t Do or There Is
No Place In This World She Can’t Reach Amharic
Mirabe ~ Merabe West
Amharic
Miriam Much Longed For
Misrak East
Amharic
Misgana Thankful Amharic
Mistire
Muhaba
Muslim
Munit
Amharic
Muna Faithful or Steady Amharic
Mulunesh You Are Complete
Muluken ~ Mulu
Ken The Whole Day or Good Day A
mharic
MuluAlem
The Whole World or Full World or
Complete World
Amharic
N
Nanni
Amharic
Naomi ~ Nahome Pleasant Amharic/Biblical
Nardose
Amharic
Nashrat
Muslim
Nassissie
Oromigna
Nebiat Prophet or God’s Messenger
Newhame
Amharic/Biblical

Nigat Dawn
Amharic
Nigist Queen Amharic
Nishan Award or Medal Amharic
Nunu
Amharic
O
Ozoro The Strength Of The Lord Amharic/Bi
blical
P
Persinna
R
Rahel ~ Rachel A Ewe Amharic/Biblical
Rakeb
Amharic
Rahnia ~ Rannia
Muslim
Rashida Righteous Muslim
Rekik Fine or Pure
Amharic
R’bka ~ Rebekkah
To Bind or Maiden Of Beauty, Modesty &
Kindness or Isaac’s Wife
Amharic/Biblical
Rediet ~ Rediat ~
Redeat Blessings or Help Of God Amhari
c
Rohama Having Obtained Mercy Ge’ez/Biblical
Roman ~ Romaan Pomegranate Amharic
Ruth Companion Amharic/Tigrigna/Biblic
al
S
Saba
Salayish Before I Saw You Amharic
Saida ~ Saidah Helper Amharic or Happy
Muslim

Safia ~ Safiya Pure & Wise or Lions S
hare Arabic/Abyssinian
Safiyeh ~ Safiyyah Pure & Wise or Lions Share
Arabic/Abyssinian
Salayish Before I Saw You Amharic
Samrawit She Is Unity or She Who Unifies Amha
ric/Ge’ez
Sara ~ Sarah A Princess Amharic/Bibl
ical
Seble Harvest Amharic
Seble-Wengu
Seble-Wengel Harvest Of The New Testam
ent Amharic
Sefanit
Amharic
Selam Peace Amharic/Tigrigna
Selamawit She Is Peaceful or Pea
ceful One Amharic/Tigrigna
Selassie
Semira Fulfilled Muslim
Senayit Gift/Blessing From The Holy Spirit
Amharic/Tigrian
SentAyehu I Have Seen A Lot Amha
ric
Serkadis Always New Amharic
Serkalem Always Living Amharic
Sessen Multiply Tigrian
Serwit
Sewit
Amharic
Shanani
Sheba ~ Saba Queen Of Ethiopia
Shemsia
Shukara
Simret Accomplished Amharic
Sinidu Organised Amharic
Sinkinesh
Sisay Omen Of Good Things Amharic

Sitina To Be Joined/Connected By Love
Sitota Gift
Amharic
S’Ntayehu
Sofia God Sees Biblical/Muslim
Sosinna ~ Sosina A Rose Amharic
Solome ~ Salome Peace Amharic/Biblical
T
Tadelech
She Is Lucky or she Is Blessed or She Is
Fortunate Amharic
Taitu
Tavavich
Tarik
Her Story or Her History or She Has A
Story To Tell Amharic
Tariqua
T’Hitna Respect or Humility
Tayech As Seen As In Her Beauty
Temunite
Amharic
Tena Health
Tegegenech ~
Tegegnech
She Is Found Amharic
Tersit Amharic
Teru Good
Amharic
Teruworq ~ Teruwork
Good Gold Amharic
Tsehai Sunshine
Tesfanesh You Are Hope or My Hop
e Amharic
Tesfaye
Tigist Patience Amharic
Tihute Polite
Amharic

Tihun Let Her Be Amharic
Tilahun
Tinadem
Tinsae ~ Tensae Resurrection Amharic
Tirunesh You Are Good
Tizita Memory Amharic
Totit
Tsega
Grace or Wealth or God’s Grace or Gift
From God Amharic
Tsehay Sun
Amharic
Tseday Spring Amharic
Tsion Zion
Amharic
Tsedenia Amharic
Tsigereda Rose
Amharic
Tutu
Twebesta Mother Of St George Amharic/Biblical
U
Uk’ume
W
Wagaye My Sense Of Value or My Price Amharic
Waletta
Welkite
Worknesh You Are Gold Amharic
Worqnesh
Woyin-Eshet
Wub ~ Wubit ~
Wubay Gorgeous or Beautiful Amhar
ic

Wubete Beauty Amharic
Wubrist Gorgeous Girl
Wudasee Works For God Amharic
Y
Yamarshet
Yeab’sra
Yehudit
Yemeserach Good News Amharic
Yenenesh ~
Yeneneshe You Are Mine Amharic
Yesem
Yeshi For A Thousand Amharic
Yeshialem A Thousand World Amha
ric
Yetabresh
Yewbdar
Amharic
Yeworkeweha Gold Water Amharic
Wok Wiha ~ Yework wiha
Gold Water Amharic
Yework Zaff Golden Tree Amharic
Yimenashu
Yezerashe His Harvest or His Crea
tion
Yirukemisrake Far East Amharic
Yodit Judy or Woman Of Judah or Praise Biblical
Yordanos River Jordan Amharic/Biblical
Yohanna Joanna Biblical
Z
Zahera ~ Zahra Flower Muslim