Published On: Fri, Apr 22nd, 2016

The top baby names in South Africa for 2016

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0If you named your girl Iminathi, Minenhle and Rethabile in the last two years, you picked one of the top 3 names for girls in South Africa, according to the latest Statistics South Africa’s Recorded Live Births Report (published in September 2015).

The most popular names for boys registered are Junior, Bandil and Kungawo. Bear in mind, says Statistician General Pali Lehohla, that a child could be named Junior before he has been named.

With the previous census results in 2011, the top baby names in South Africa were Elizabeth for girls and Sibusiso for boys.

Top girls names in South Africa:

1. Iminathi
2. Minenhle (beautiful day, isiZulu)
3. Rethabile (we are glad, Sotho/Sepedi/Setswana)
4. Bokamoso (Sotho/Sepedi/Setswana)
5. Karabo
6. Amogelang (receiving, welcoming, Sesotho/Sepedi/Setswana)
7. Tshegofatso (blessing)
8. Lesedi (light, Sotho/Sepedi/Setswana)
9. Amahle (the ancestors are here)
10. Thandolwethu (our love, isiZulu)

Top boys names in South Africa:

1. Junior
2. Bandile
3. Kungawo
4. Siyabonga
5. Lethabo (joy, Sesotho/Sepedi/Setswana)

6. Khayone
7. Mpho (gift, Sesotho/Sepedi/Setswana)
8. Bokamoso (the future, Sesotho/Sepedi/Setswana)
9. Kamogelo (acceptance, Sesotho/Sepedi/Setswana)
10. Thato

The report also released the most popular surnames in South Africa:

1. Dlamini
2. Ntulis
3. Ngubane
4. Ndlovu
5. Nkosi
6. Khumalo
7. Ngobeni
8. Mthethwa
9. Zwane
10. Maluleke

Also read: The ABC of Xhosa names illustrated

Also read: ABC of Setswana names by Cape Town artist