Enzokuhle, Lesedi and other baby names that South Africans are currently loving

And what is predicted to be the most popular names for 2020.


As South Africans, we take a lot of pride in what we name our children. Whether the names are trendy or they have been passed on for generations, it is something special.

Statistics South Africa recently reported a list of what the popular baby names in South Africa are based on data from the department of home affairs‘ National Population Register (NPR).

The most popular baby names in South Africa

The name Enzokuhle, which translates from isiZulu as ‘do good’ was the most popular name in the whole country in both girls’ and boys’ names.

Out of the whole country, the most popular girls’ names were:

  1. Enzokuhle
  2. Melokuhle
  3. Amahle
  4. Okhule
  5. Lethabo
  6. Omphile
  7. Lesedi
  8. Rethabile
  9. Amogelang
  10. Onthatile

And the most popular boys’ names were:

  1. Enzokuhle
  2. Lethabo
  3. Melokhule
  4. Lubanzi
  5. Junior
  6. Siyabonga
  7. Bokamosa
  8. Omphile
  9. Amogelang
  10. Thato

Business Insider broke the statistics down per province and there was a variety of different languages and cultures, showing the diversity in the country.

As for 2020, we don’t have any predictions for South Africa, but website Nameberry have released the list of what they predict to be the most popular girls’ names for next year.

The US-based website based its’ prediction on the number of views each name page on their website received in the first half of 2019:

1. Elsie

2. Margot

3. Cornelia

4. Emilia

5. Mila

6. Thea

7. Willa

8. Arabella

9. Violet

10. Astrid

11. Amara

So if you are expecting a girl in 2020, these are some inspo for baby names.

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