Odafin is a Yoruba name meaning “the establisher of laws” or “lawmaker”. From what I could find, Odafin is used to refer to the spiritual leader of his clan so it’s not used as a given name but rather a title. I first came across this name on the tv show Law and Order: SVU, as the name of the character Odafin “Fin” Tutuola. It also seems to be a surname, likely referring to someone who was related to an Odafin.
Origin: African (Yoruba)
Kwame is a Ghanian male name meaning “born on a Saturday” in the language of Akan, given to a firstborn son born on a Saturday.
Ndidi is an African Igbo unisex name meaning “patience” though it seems to be more popular for women. It also seems to be a surname as well.
Origin: African (Igbo)
Kato is an African male name meaning “second of twins” in Luganda, as well as also being a Japanese surname (also spelled Katō or Katou) meaning “increase wisteria” (加藤) though it could have other meanings if other kanji are used. It’s pronounced ka-toe in Japanese. Kato could also be a variant spelling of Cato, an Ancient Roman cognomen meaning “wise” in Latin. Cato is also a Dutch diminutive of Catharina, the Dutch and Swedish form of Katherine. Katherine comes from Greek name Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads, from hekas possibly meaning “far off” though another theory states it comes from a Greek word meaning “will”. It might also be derived from Greek aikia “torture”. Katherine could also be from a Coptic name meaning “my consecration of your name”. The spelling of the name was later changed to be associated with Greek katharos “pure”.
Origin: East African (Luganda), Japanese, Latin, Greek, Coptic
- Kató (Icelandic, Hungarian)
- Cato (Ancient Roman, Dutch, English)
Onika is an African female name though there doesn’t seem to be a lot of accurate information on it. I’ve seen it with various meanings of “warrior”, or it could be derived from Yoruba meaning “one in possession of”, or it could be a short form of Onyekachi, an Igbo name meaning “who is greater than God?” Onika is also a Maori word meaning “onyx”. Spelled Oni-ka (鬼化) it’s a Japanese word meaning “devil”.
Origin: African, Maori, Japanese
- Onyeka (short form of Onyekachi)
Isingoma is an African male name meaning “first of twins” in the Luganda language. It also seems to be a surname as well.
Origin: African (Luganda)
Chika is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings, from Japanese elements chi meaning: 千 (thousand); 智 (knowledge, wisdom); 散 (scatter); 知 (to know, wisdom); and ka meaning: 佳 (beautiful, good, excellent); 花 (flower); 加 (add, addition, increase); 可 (permitted, allowed, licensed); 嘉 (praise, auspicious); 夏 (summer); 賀 (congratulate, greet, celebrate); 香 (fragrance); 華 (flower, splendor); 果 (fruit); 歌 (song, poem); and other meanings. Chikako is another variant of the name ending with the ko (子) ending.
Chika is also an Igbo unisex name meaning “God is the greatest” or “God is supreme”.
Origin: Japanese, Western African (Igbo)