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Most popular baby names for boys & girls born in South Africa

Many people in the United States may not realize how many celebrities there are who are from South Africa. To name a few: musician Dave Matthews; actors Charlize Theron, Sasha Pieterse and Arnold Vosloo; The Daily Show host Trevor Noah; businessman Elon Musk; and Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien.

Below, find lists of the most popular baby names from South Africa, as of 2017 — boys and girls, first and middle names. The most interesting thing of all is that the #1 first name is the same for both boys and girls: Enzokuhle, which means “to do good.”

Along with the lists, Statistics South Africa notes that baby names in South Africa typically reflect the following: unique identity, ethnicity, pride, thankfulness, joy, modernization, the unisex trend, religious beliefs, social history and political history.

Most popular first names for baby girls in South Africa

RankNameNumber of letters
1Enzokuhle9 letters
2Melokuhle9 letters
3Amahle6 letters
4Lethabo7 letters
5Amogelang9 letters
6Omphile7 letters
7Lesedi6 letters
8Rethabile9 letters
9Luthando8 letters
10Thandolwethu12 letters

Most popular first names for baby boys in South Africa

RankNameNumber of letters
1Enzokuhle9 letters
2Lethabo7 letters
3Melokuhle9 letters
4Lubanzi7 letters
5Amogelang9 letters
6Siyabonga9 letters
7Bandile7 letters
8Junior6 letters
9Bokamoso8 letters
10Mpho4 letters

Most popular middle names for baby girls in South Africa

RankNameNumber of letters
1Precious8 letters
2Princess8 letters
3Angel5 letters
4Blessing8 letters
5Faith5 letters
6Hope4 letters
7Grace5 letters
8Pretty6 letters
9Amahle6 letters
10Luthando8 letters

Most popular middle names for baby boys in South Africa

RankNameNumber of letters
1Junior6 letters
2Blessing8 letters
3Gift4 letters
4Prince6 letters
5Innocent8 letters
6Lubanzi7 letters
7Bandile7 letters
8Enzokuhle9 letters
9Melokuhle9 letters
10Siyabonga9 letters

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