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in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Africa

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African American

User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Illinois, U.S., the name Africa means "Strength and Gods Land".
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  1. The second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean

From Latin Āfrica, from Āfri, singular Āfer (inhabitant of the country of Carthage), in turn either from:

  • The Punic or Phoenician word ʿafar (“dust”), which has cognates in other Semitic languages.
  • The Berber word ifri (“cave”), plural ifran, in reference to cave dwellers of Tunisia (see Tataouine).
  • Ancient Greek ἀ- (a-) + φρίκη  (phríkē), meaning "without cold"
  • Latin aprica (“sunny”).
  1. The continent that is south of Europe, east of the Atlantic Ocean, west of the Indian Ocean and north of Antarctica.
    the Maghreb and sub-Saharan
  2. (historical) A province the Roman Empire containing what is now modern Tunisia and portions of Libya.
  3. A surname​.

Africa was also found in the following language(s): Italian, Latin, Occitan, and Romanian

Notable Persons Named Africa

Notable Persons Named Africa

África Zavala

África Zavala is an actor and actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2005 to present. África was given the name África Ivonne Lechuga Zavala on August 12th, 1985 in Mexico City. África is also known as Africa Zavala.

Africa Tsoai

Africa Tsoai is an actor, voice-over artist, producer, businessman, sound engineer, and translator. He has had major accomplishments since 1990. Africa was born in Hebron.

Africa Engo

Africa was born on November 17th, 1978 in Cameroon. Africa is also known as Africa Engo.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Africa

Notable Persons With the Last Name Africa

John Africa

John was given the name Vincent Leaphart on July 26th, 1931 in Philadelphia. He left this life on May 13th, 1985.

Saint Caesarius of Africa

He holds the title Martyr. He passed away in 3.

Tracey Africa

Tracey Africa is a model (people) and model. Tracey was given the name Tracey Gayle Norman in 1951 in United States.

Melrick Africa

Melrick was born on January 18th, 1978 in Rehoboth, Namibia.

Dale Africa

Dale was born on September 14th, 1981.

King Africa

King was born on October 31st, 1971 in Buenos Aires.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Africa U.S.
  White 35.95% 64.26%
  African American 7.47% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 50.49% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.14% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.95% 16.26%

Of Last Name Africa

People with the last name Africa are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Africa

  • How Popular is the name Africa? Africa is the 10,985th most popular name of all time. As a last name Africa was the 42,579th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Africa have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 988 babies born with the first name Africa in the United States. That's more than enough people named Africa to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Africa? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1969 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Africa first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Africa is Wednesday, December 15th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Africa born? The highest recorded use of the first name Africa was in 1972 with a total of 76 babies.
  • Random Africa Factoid: According to the 1970 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Africa is not a popular baby girl's name in Illinois. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Illinois have the same name in 1970.
  • Weird things about the name Africa: The name spelled backwards is Acirfa. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Acaifr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Africa? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 509 people with the last name Africa.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Africa? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Africa as their last name since less than 1 person in 588k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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