Western African Submitted Place Names

Western African names include those from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. See also about African names.
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Àbújá (Settlement) Western African, Yoruba
Yoruba form of Abuja.
Abuja (Settlement) Western African, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, English
From Abu-Ja, a nickname of 19th-century monarch Abubakar Jatau (sometimes referred to as "Abu"), who founded what is now the city of Abuja in 1828. By some accounts, he was described as having fair skin, which possibly earned him the nickname Ja meaning "red" in Hausa... [more]
Afirka (Region) Western African, Hausa
Hausa form of Africa.
Àjàṣẹ́ (Settlement) Yoruba
Yoruba form of Porto-Novo.
Aljeriya (Country) Bengali, Hausa
Bengali and Hausa form of Algeria.
Amurka (Country & Region) Hausa
Hausa form of America.
Ankara (Settlement) Dagbani
Dagbani form of Accra.
Asi (Region) Lao, Wolof
Lao and Wolof form of Asia.
Austriya (Country) Indigenous American, Aymara, Western African, Hausa
Aymara and Hausa form of Austria.
Austriya (Country) Aymara, Hausa, Kazakh
Aymara, Hausa and Kazakh form of Austria.
Bamakɔ (Settlement) Western African, Manding
Bambara form of Bamako.
Bamako (Settlement) English, Armenian, Catalan, Danish, Esperanto, French, Fula, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Union of Bambara words bama ("crocodile") and ("stream"). This is the name of the capital city of Mali.
Bamako (Settlement) Fula, English, French, Afrikaans, Albanian, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Georgian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Kyrgyz, Latvian, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Mongolian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Tajik, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Uzbek
From Bambara Bamakɔ meaning "crocodile river", derived from bama meaning "crocodile" and meaning "stream, river". This is the name of the capital city of Mali.
Filipin (Country) Western African, Hausa, Persian
Hausa and Persian form of Philippines.
Ga (Settlement) Ga
Ga form of Accra.
Gàmbi (Country) Wolof
Wolof form of Gambia
Indonesiya (Country) Western African, Hausa
Hausa form of Indonesia.
Kamaru (Country) Hausa
Hausa form of Cameroon.
Komoros (Country) Bengali, Hindi, Maltese, Eastern African, Hausa
Bengali, Hindi, Maltese, and Hausa form of Comoros.
Kroatíà (Country) Yoruba
Yoruba form of Croatia.
Kútɔ̀nú (Settlement) Western African
Fon form of Cotonou.
Laberiya (Country) Hausa
Hausa form of Liberia.
Lagos (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Western African, Hausa, Igbo, English
From Portuguese lagos meaning "lakes". This is the name of a city in Nigeria as well as a state of the same name.
Libya (Country) Northern African, Berber, English, Faroese, Finnish, Hausa, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Swahili, Tagalog, Turkish
From Arabic ليبيا‎ (Lībiyā) from Ancient Greek Λιβύη (Libúē), which is derived from Libu, the name of an ancient Berber tribe (attested as rbw in Egyptian)... [more]
Masar (Country) Hausa, Somali
Hausa and Somali form of Misr.
Misra (Country) Hausa
Hausa form of Misr.
Muritaniya (Country) Arabic, Hausa
Arabic and Hausa form of Mauritania.
Nàìjíríà (Country) Western African, Yoruba
Yoruba form of Nigeria.
Naijiria (Country) Western African, Igbo, Yoruba
Igbo form of Nigeria as well as a Yoruba variant of Nàìjíríà.
Najeriya (Country) Western African, Hausa
Variant of Nijeriya.
Nanka (Settlement) Igbo
Ndakaaru (Settlement) Western African, Wolof
Wolof form of Dakar.
Nijeriya (Country) Western African, Hausa
Hausa form of Nigeria.
Nkran (Settlement) Akan, Twi
Akan and Twi form of Accra.
Ouagadougou (Settlement) English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Luxembourgish, Mossi, Norwegian, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish, Welsh
From Mossi Wogodogo, meaning "where honor and respect are received". This is the name of the capital city of Burkina Faso
Saro (Country) Yoruba
Yoruba form of Sierra Leone
Somaliya (Country) Amharic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Hausa, Hindi, Urdu
Form of Bulgaria used in various languages.
Xɔ̀gbónù (Settlement) Western African
Fon form of Porto-Novo.
Yaoundé (Settlement) English, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Welsh, Yoruba
From the outpost of Jaundo, founded between 1887 and 1889 by German explorers Lt. Richard Kund and Hans Tappenbeck and named so after the local Ewondo people, also known as Yaunde. The name could also have been a German rendition of the Ewondo expression mia wondo ("peanut farmers")... [more]