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Eritrean Names and their Meaning


Eritreans have a different system of naming from most Western countries. Among Christian Eritreans, children are given two names: a secular name at birth and a Christian name during the child's baptism. Unlike most parts of the world, Eritreans do not have family surnames; they use their father's first name as their last names. Moreover, surnames are almost never used to formally address someone. Many Eritrean surnames are also compounds of two separate names. For example, the name Gebre by itself means "servant of". This name would usually be linked with Selassie ("Trinity") to become Gebreselassie or "Servant of the Trinity". This fusion of two names is more common among last names.



Eritrean Names and Their Meanings

NameMeaningGenderOrigin__________
Abrihet
She brings light
Female
Tigrinya
Aaron
Exalted
Male
Hebrew
Adiam
Fair; Pretty
Female
Hebrew
Abel
A breath of Air
Male
Hebrew
Almaz
Diamonds
Female
Tigrinya
Abraham
Father of Multitude 
Male
Hebrew
Amleset
She made it return 
Female
Tigrinya
Adonay
Secret name of God 
Male
Hebrew
Ariam
Loyal
F & M
Ge'ez
Afwerki
Mouth of Gold 
Male
Tigrinya
Armana
Our Flag 
Female 
Tigrinya
Aklilu
Laurel wreath
Male
Tigrinya
Aranchi
Orange (Fruit)
Female
Tigrinya
Aman
Handsome
Male
Tigrinya
Armani
Faith 
Female 
Tigrinya
Anbessa
Lion
Male
Tigrinya
Arsema
Clever
Female
Tigrinya
Amanuel
God Is with us
Male
Hebrew
Aster
Star
Female 
Tigrinya
Asmara
United/Unity
Male
Tigrinya
Asmeret
United/Unity
Female
Tigrinya
Awate
Victory
Male
Tigre
Awet
Victory
F & M 
Tigrinya
Aziz
The All Powerful
Male
Arabic
Ayana
God Answers Her
Female
Hebrew
Batha
Pleasurable
Male
Tigrinya
Berry
A Berry
Female 
English
Biniam
Lucky Son
Male
Hebrew
Bilen
Beautiful
Female
Tigrinya/Bilen
Birhan
Light 
Male
Tigrinya
Birikti
Kind 
Female 
Tigrinya
Birhane
My Light
Male
Tigrinya
Bisrat
Good News 
F & M
Tigrinya
Dahlak
Eritrean Island 
Male
Ge'ez
Daniat
Judge
Female
Tigrinya
Dan
God Is My Judge 
Male
Hebrew
Dehab
Giver
Female 
Tigrinya
Daniel
God Is My Judge
Male
Hebrew
Deborah
Bee
Female
Tigrinya
Dawit/David
Beloved 
Male
Hebrew
Dellina
Our Desire
Female 
Tigrinya
Demsas
To Erase 
Male
Tigrinya
Eden
Paradise
Female
Hebrew
Eferm
Fruitful 
Male
Hebrew
Elsa
My God is a Vow
Female 
Hebrew
Ermias
God will uplift 
Male
Hebrew
Elen
Shining Light
Female
Hebrew
Estifanos
Crown
Male
Greek
Eritrea
Red; Red Sea
F & M
Greek
Eyob
Patience 
Male
Tigrinya
Ergaalem
Delightful 
Female
Tigrinya
Faytinga
Fighting Gun
Male
Kunama
Fatimah
Baby's Nurse 
Female
Arabic
Fessehaye 
Eternal Happiness
Male
Tigrinya
Feven
Bright; Radiant 
Female 
Tigrinya
Fikru
His Love
Male
Tigrinya
Fiyori
Flower
Female
Tigrinya
Filmon
Favored by God
Male
Hebrew
Fnan
Pride
Female 
Tigrinya
Fitsum
Absolute
Male
Tigrinya
Freweini
Seed of a Berry
Female
Tigrinya
Freselam
Seed of Peace
Male
Tigrinya
Gabriel
God is my Strength 
Female 
Hebrew
Gebre
Servant of 
Male
Tigrinya
Genet
Heaven 
Female
Tigrinya
Girma
Majesty
Male
Tigrinya
Haben
Pride
Female 
Tigrinya
Goitom 
Leader
Male
Tigrinya
Hadinet
Unity
Female
Tigrinya
Habtom
Wealthy
Male
Tigrinya
Halewat
Candy
Female 
Tigrinya
Hagos
Joy
Male
Tigrinya
Hanna
Grace
Female
Hebrew
Haile
Power 
Male
Tigrinya
Helen
Shinning Light
Female
Hebrew
Hamid
Praise
Male
Arabic
Himbirti
Belly Button 
Female 
Tigrinya
Hanes
God is Gracious
Male
Hebrew
Hermon
Into the Palace
Female
Hebrew
Hayat
Lion
Male
Tigre
Hewan
Life Giver 
Female
Tigrinya
Henok
Dedicated
Male
Hebrew
Hiyab
Gift
Female
Tigrinya
Habte
Wealth 
Male
Tigrinya
Jamila
Beautiful
Female 
Arabic
Johnathon
God's Gift
Male
Hebrew
Jannah
Paradise
Female
Arabic
Idris
Fiery Leader 
Male
Arabic
Jasmine
A Flower
Female
Arabic
Isaias
Lord's Salvation 
Male
Hebrew
Kedijah 
Early Baby
Female 
Arabic
Issac
He will laugh
Male
Hebrew
Kidisti
Blessed 
Female
Tigrinya
Kidane
My Vow/Covenant
Male
Tigrinya
Keren
Mountain;Hill 
F & M
Tigrinya/Bilen
Kifle
To Pay
Male
Tigrinya
Lemlem
Lush Greenery 
Female
Tigrinya
Libena
Our Heart
M & F
Tigrinya
Liah
Delicate; Weary
Female 
Hebrew
Luwam
Calm; Peaceful
M & F
Tigrinya
Lula
Abundance 
Female
English
Massawa
Shout Loudly 
Male
Ge'ez/Tigre
Makda
High Tower
Female
Tigrinya
Mebrahtu
His Light
Male
Tigrinya/Tigre
Mariam
Beloved
Female
Hebrew
Medhane
My Medicine
Male
Tigrinya
Medhanit 
My Medicine
Female 
Tigrinya
Mewael
Long Life
Male
Tigrinya
Merhawit
Guidance 
Female
Tigrinya
Merhawi
Gudiance
Male
Tigrinya
Milka
Her Good looks
Female
Tigrinya
Mesfin
Duke
Male
Tigrinya
Meron
Gift of God
F & M 
Tigrinya
Michael
Resembling God
Male
Hebrew
Mehret
Mercy
Female
Tigrinya
Nebay
Caretaker of Elders
Male
Tigrinya
Nigisti
Queen
Female
Tigrinya
Nahom
Comfort 
Male
Tigrinya
Niyat
-
Female
Tigrinya
Negasi/Negus
King 
Male
Tigrinya
Rahel 
Sheep
Female
Hebrew
Osman
Tender Youth  
Male
Arabic
Rita
Pearl
Female
Hebrew
Petros
Rock  
Male
Hebrew
Roma
Rome, Italy
Female
Italian
Rezene
With Heavy Pride  
Male
Tigrinya
Ruta
Friend
Female
Hebrew
Robel
Prince 
Male
Tigrinya
Rahwa
Satisfied
Female
Tigrinya
Russom
Over Their Heads 
Male
Tigrinya
Saba
To Satisfy 
Female
Hebrew
Saare
Winner
Male
Tigrinya
Sarah
Princess
Female
Hebrew
Sammy
God Heard
Male
Hebrew
Selam
Peace
F & M
Arabic
Samson
Sun 
Male
Hebrew
Semhar
Eritrean Region
F & M
Tigrinya/Tigre
Samuel
Asked of God  
Male
Hebrew
Semret
Unity
Female
Tigrinya
Senai
Gift from Above 
Male
Tigrinya
Segen
Ostrich
Female
Tigrinya
Sebhat
Praise the Lord 
Male
Tigrinya
Senait
Good Luck
Female
Hebrew
Semere
Fulfill 
Male
Tigrinya
Semira
Highest Heaven
Female
Arabic
Selassie
Trinity 
Male
Tigrinya
Sesuna
Popcorn
Female
Tigrinya
Sheshy
Jubilation 
Male
Tigrinya
Shewit
New Harvest
F & M
Tigrinya
Simon
Listener 
Male
Hebrew
Shikorina
Sweety
Female
Tigrinya
Solomon 
Peace 
Male
Hebrew
Sophia
God Will Show
Female
Hebrew
Tadesse
To Renew 
Male
Tigrinya
Tsion
Zion
Female
Hebrew
Tekle
To Plant 
Male
Tigrinya
Tigisti
Patience
Female
Tigrinya
Teodros
Expensive Gift 
Male
Hebrew
Tsibekti
Beautiful
Female
Tigrinya
Tesfay
My Hope 
Male
Tigrinya
Wegatha 
Dawn
Female
Tigrinya
Tesfalem
Hope of Wise Man
Male
Tigrinya
Winta
Need
Female
Tigrinya
Woldu
His Son 
Male
Tigrinya
Yirgalem
A Calm World
F & M
Tigrinya
Yemane
Right Side
Male
Tigrinya
Yodit
Praise
Female
Hebrew
Yohannes
God Is Gracious
Male
Hebrew
Yohanna
God is Gracious
Female
Hebrew
Yoel
God Is Willing
Male
Tigrinya
Yordanos
River Jordan
Female
Hebrew
Yonas
Dove 
Male
Tigrinya
Zahra
White Flower
Female
Arabic
Zecahrias
God will Remember 
Male
Hebrew
Zewdi
Crown
Female
Tigrinya
Zula
Brilliant 
Male
Tigrinya/Tigre

Source: Madote.com


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Johannes
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February 18, 2011 at 3:02 AM ×

Please expand the list with more names, its really good!!
Johannes, Robel, Abel, Matewos, Nahom, Merhawit, Rahwa

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Anonymous
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July 13, 2011 at 12:00 AM ×

can u please add names like merhawit or ashenafi
cheers

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Anonymous
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December 22, 2011 at 6:37 PM ×

does any one knows the meaning of DEGLEL? exactlly meaning? plz

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Anonymous
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December 23, 2011 at 1:18 PM ×

how could u not have (Jonhattan)....(gods gift) in that list!! ;P

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Anonymous
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January 22, 2012 at 7:48 AM ×

plz add furtuna yorsalem elsa beti hana sara selam genet xanet

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Anonymous
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January 24, 2012 at 1:05 PM ×

Add my name please, Yirgalem

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Anonymous
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January 30, 2012 at 6:17 PM ×

Please add (Armana)...(our flag) to this list, very powerful name which was given to my sis on behalf of my late grandfather R.I.P & Awet N'hafash.

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Anonymous
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February 6, 2012 at 10:58 PM ×

Yes, please add more names. How about..... Samya, Salwa, Mizan, etc....

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Anonymous
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February 13, 2012 at 7:57 AM ×

how is luwam name popular can anyone tell me that pleas

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Anonymous
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February 29, 2012 at 5:34 PM ×

Please add more names. But thankyou for helping me know what my name means.

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Anonymous
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March 5, 2012 at 1:05 PM ×

My name means ostrich! My mom told me it means beautiful! This is shit.

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Anonymous
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March 5, 2012 at 2:01 PM ×

^^ Lool Segen aka ostrich! Your mama lied to you big time! Don't feel too bad tho, least your name doesn't mean "gates of hell" aka Dahlak! Dahlak is still the best Eritrean guy name, period! Ladies love Dahlak :)

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Anonymous
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March 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM ×

Luwam is a boy name and a girl name! I did not know that!

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Anonymous
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March 29, 2012 at 10:53 PM ×

i do not know my name mean which is legeset?

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Anonymous
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April 18, 2012 at 10:32 AM ×

Can you please add the name sewit/shewit?
People always give me different responses

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Anonymous
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June 7, 2012 at 2:18 PM ×

can you please add the name tekie ?

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Anonymous
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June 8, 2012 at 12:07 AM ×

Dove? what a joke....thought mine was biblical lol

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Anonymous
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July 11, 2012 at 2:08 PM ×

you should add the name ADONAI KEBRET AFOMIYA EMNET danai

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Student of Language
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July 14, 2012 at 8:16 AM ×

Hi can you help me with the correct spelling of a female Eritrean name? it is pronounced "Gad-day". Please help. Thanks.

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Anonymous
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July 26, 2012 at 8:39 PM ×

It's because of the meaning. Luwam means peaceful. Anyway, try Rhoda for a girl and mewawel for a boy. those are going to be my kids names. Also try mical

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Zaid
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November 28, 2012 at 4:07 PM ×

Please add my Wife's name...Zaid...which means more !!! Like more of everything that is beautiful and good ! Eritrean. Thank you

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Guest
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November 28, 2012 at 4:07 PM ×

Hello get ur translation right dude.... Dahlak means beautiful Im Eritrean I know what means why do u have to add something negative to that..... and for ur information it not a name that is just for man its also for woman im one & my name is Dahlak ....

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Anonymous
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January 14, 2013 at 3:41 AM ×

Can you add YORDANOS and DINO please

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Anonymous
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March 10, 2013 at 2:01 PM ×

Ohhh its incredible I didn't not my name meaning,however I got now Aster means Star Amazing :)

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Dellina
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August 19, 2013 at 12:44 PM ×

Can you

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Name
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August 19, 2013 at 7:09 PM ×

Yordanos means "The river Jordan" (If you replace the Y with a J you'll sort of see it)

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Anonym
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September 2, 2013 at 1:09 PM ×

Can you add Bekuretsion?

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Milena Binam
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September 11, 2013 at 10:56 AM ×

You missed Out Milena :(

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Yoni Asmu
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September 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM ×

Yonathan = Gift from God

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Orit Eri
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September 12, 2013 at 3:40 AM ×

what about '' Orit''

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abramovic
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October 15, 2013 at 4:50 PM ×

The whole thing is a joke for instance hayat is life not a lion . Hayet is lion in tigre and i think also in tigregna. Sophia is what ? ..... whoever wrote this is a joker.

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Melawe
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November 5, 2013 at 7:46 AM ×

You left out Alem, Habtam(female version of Habtom),Yosef, Tsehaye, Tsehaynesh, Desta/Destu, Tekhlizgi, Frezgi, and a lot of the names which start with Gebre like Ghebremariam, Ghebrehiwot, GebreEgzi'abhair, Ghebremedhin, etc.

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mikal
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November 26, 2013 at 10:10 PM ×

what about Mikal ;-)

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Natnael
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January 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM ×

what about

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Eritrean muslim
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February 6, 2014 at 1:42 PM ×

U're so racist! why don't you include som islamic names

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Tserha Maryam
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February 28, 2014 at 12:16 AM ×

Ariam doesnt mean "loyal" -- it means the "highest Heaven" where God lives. Please check tigrigna Bible.

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misgina
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June 2, 2014 at 3:10 PM ×

you are absolutely right.I am not a Muslim my self,but to came up with a big title saying "eritrean names and their meanings."and not even putting one Islamic name is disgraceful.

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Medhanie
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June 18, 2014 at 1:11 AM ×

huge powerful man

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none of your buisness
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July 22, 2014 at 9:39 AM ×

Add yosief what the hell.

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Solomon
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October 13, 2014 at 5:59 PM ×

My name is solomon and I thought my names meaning was king

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Aman
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February 3, 2015 at 7:09 AM ×

What does your name mean ??

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Tesfatian
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February 23, 2015 at 8:03 AM ×

Please add my son name Wani means live always

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Welday Yohannes
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February 23, 2015 at 8:12 AM ×

Please add more my name TESFATSION it means hope to the mery mother God

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Leyla
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March 8, 2015 at 9:56 AM ×

there are a lot of Muslims names there. for example, there's Hanna, Jamila, Osman, Idris and many more. Read the contents more properly before judging. And I'm also a Muslim so I know these things.

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Eri-East African
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March 23, 2015 at 10:25 PM ×

It is on there... look again

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