150 unique and beautiful Tswana names for boys and girls

150 unique and beautiful Tswana names for boys and girls

Babies are a gift from God, and they bring a lot of joy to parents’ lives. However, they come with many responsibilities and tasks, and one of them is coming up with the most appropriate name for the infant. Baby naming is vital, especially for Africans, for it gives a sense of origin. Indeed, names remind us of where we are from. The Tswana community has some of the most beautiful names for children. Here are 150 cute Tswana names for both boys and girls with their meanings.

Tswana names for boys and girls
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Tswana people are a Bantu speaking community who are native in the Southern part of Africa. They make up to around 85% of Botswana while others are found in the North West Province of South Africa.

Who are the Tswana?
The Tswana names are derived from the Tswana Bantu speaking community that make up 85% of the Botswana community. Photo: @loispiration
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Tswana Baby Names

Like most of the other African communities, Setswana people take the naming ceremony very seriously, and a child has to have one or more African names. Guided by their religious beliefs, some Setswana names are given to kids in memory of those who have passed.

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Other Tswana baby names are developed depending on the circumstances surrounding a baby's birth. For instance, the season when he or she was born. On the flip side, others are named depending on the character they portray. All in all, it so remains that Tswana, Setswana names have a meaning and a purpose.

Tswana names for boys

Boys are precious in the African community, as they carry on the title and respect of the family. Here are the modern Tswana boy names with their meanings.

  • Afeloteng- Change it
  • Agang- Build
  • Amogelang- Receive
  • Baboloki- Savior
  • Boikanyo- A dependence
  • Boitumelo- Joy
  • Dineo- Gifts
  • Ditiro- Acts
  • Fenyang- Victory
  • Goatsemodime- God knows
  • Godiraone- It is God who does
  • Gofaone- It is God who gives
  • Goitsemodomo- God knows
  • Goitseone- It is him who Knows
  • Gosebo- Lucky
  • Kabo- Gift
  • Kagiso- Peace
  • Katlego- Sucess
  • Kefilwe- I was given
  • Kealeboga- Thank you
  • Kefetse- Conquer
  • Kenosi- I am alone
  • Kgalefa- Brave
  • Kgomotso- Comfort

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Tswana names for boys
Below is a list of cute Tswana baby names for boys to consider. Photo: @simply_sheilad
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  • Kgosieman- Who is the chief
  • Khumo- Wealth
  • Khumoetsile- Wealth has come
  • Kigosi- King
  • Kopano- United Universe
  • Lebogang- Be thankful
  • Letlhogonolo- Lucky
  • Letsego- Armament
  • Masego- Blessings
  • Mmoloki- A savior
  • Mmusi- Governor
  • Moagi- A builder
  • Modise- Herder
  • Moeng- Guest
  • Mogapi- One who confiscates
  • Mogorosi- One who brings animals into the kraal in the evening
  • Mogotsi- The builder of fire
  • Mokgosi- A loud call for help
  • Molatlhegi- The lost one
  • Molefe- Pay damages for her
  • Molefi- One who pay damages to another
  • Mompati- One who accompanies me
  • Mooketsi- One who is growing
  • Morapedi- One who prays
  • Moremi- One who cuts with an axe
  • Moreri- Preacher
  • Mosegi- Tailor
  • Moseki- One who appears before a court
  • Mosimanegape- A boy again
  • Moswen- Light in color
  • Mothibi- One who drives animals
  • Mothundi- A smith
  • Mothusi- A helper
  • Motlalepula- One who brings rain
  • Motswane- Good
  • Oatise- He knows
  • Obonye- He has seen
  • Odirile- He has done
  • Ouetse- He has paid
  • Ofetse- He has conquered
  • Olebile- He is watching
  • Olebogeng- Thank Him
  • Olorato- Loving
  • Omphile- God-given gift
  • Onkemetse- He is representing me
  • Omphemetse- God has protected me
  • Onkgopotse- Remembered
  • Orefile- He has given us
  • Oteng- He is there
  • Othusitse- He has helped
  • Otsile- He has come
  • Pono- Sight
  • Reekeditsoe- Added
  • Thato- Will
  • Tapiwa- Gift
  • Tapologo- Relaxation
  • Tau- Lion
  • Thabo- Joy
  • Thato- Will
  • Tshegofatso- Grace
  • Tshenolo- Revelation
  • Tshepo- Trust
  • Tsholofelo- Expectation
  • Teulo- Payment

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Setswana names for boys are of great significance in society as they reflect a man's character and position in his family. Therefore, Setswana surnames are mainly obtained from the man’s name. Interestingly, most people may not know that Tswana boy names starting with 'O' relate to God.

Tswana girl names
Cute Tswana names for girls to consider for your baby girl. Photo: @allaboutbabymiaaa
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Tswana's girl names

  • Akayang- Think About it
  • Aratwe- To be loved
  • Agodirwe- Do it
  • Alebakwe- Let’s praise God’s name
  • Amogelang- Receive
  • Anele- God’s blessings poured on us
  • Badiri- Workers
  • Badumedi- Believe
  • Barulaganye- They come immediately
  • Boipelo- Proud
  • Botshelo- Life
  • Dikeledi- Tears
  • Dipuo- Talks
  • Goitsemang- Who knows
  • Gotsemedi- The Lord knows
  • Goitsemedime- God knows
  • Gorata- Will
  • Gouta- Gold
  • Kaboentle- Precious gift
  • Kagoentle- Beautiful creation
  • Katlego- Success
  • Kagiso- Peace
  • Karabo- Answer
  • Keabetswe- We have been given
  • Kealaboga- Thankyou
  • Keamogetse- I have received
  • Kedibonye- I have seen them
  • Kefilwe- I am given
  • Keitumetse- I am happy
  • Kelebogile- I am thankful
  • Keneilwe- I have been given
  • Khumo- Wealth
  • Lebogang- Be thankful
  • Lethonogolo- Blessing/ lucky
  • Lerato - Love
  • Lesedi- Light
  • Lesego- Luck
  • Lorato- Love
  • Malebogo- Thanks
  • Masego- Blessings
  • Mathase- Spark
  • Mmaabo- Their mother
  • Mogau- Grace
  • Montsho- Black
  • Mosetsanagape- A girl again
  • Mpho- Gift
  • Oatise- He knows
  • Onalena- He has protected me
  • Ontlametse- He has protected me
  • Pulafel-Only rain
  • Reneliwe- Given
  • Sogomotso- A comfort
  • Sethuya- A flower
  • Sylvanella- Little forest
  • Tshegofatso- Blessing
  • Tshepiso- Wish
  • Tsholofelo- Hope
  • Tshweu- White
  • Tale- Green
  • Wakamoso- The future one
  • Wame- Mine
  • Warona- Ours

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The Setswana people have some extraordinary yet meaningful baby names than other African tribes. Discover more Tswana baby names online but go through this list first and determine those that interest you.

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Such African names are loved as they signify more based on their meanings. If you are pregnant and cannot seem to find a name for your newborn, consider going through this list!

Source: Briefly.co.za

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