Mbunda names are many, but we have only listed the commonly used ones.
They can be named either to a male or female, except very few, that are for female only and have been indicated here by (f) for female.


1. Vyemba means medicines.
2. Vulungi means trekking to new settlement
3. Chendamundali means tourist, (vacendamundali-plural)
4. Chalula means someone who found (picked) a lost thing.
5. Chambato is a bridegroom.
6. Changoco is a useless person.
7. Changano means an “I don’t care person. (also in lozi)
8. Chavaya is a destitute person.
9. Chikatu means source.
10. Chilala means cruelty (also in tonga)
11. Chiinga means substitute or substitution.

12. Chiingi means the substitute wife from same family as first wife.
13. Chilindo is the float of fish net.
14. Chilombo is a place where things are put to soak or dye.
15. Chilunda is the second born.
16. Chimbali means the slave of a white person.
17. Chimbinde is a cantankerous person, cruel.
18. Chindele is a white person.
19. Chindumba is a kind of hair plait.

20. Chingumbe is a strong and health man; name of the Mbunda king who ruled Mbundaland (angola) in the 17th century in Angola.
21. Chingunde means moroseness, sullenness.
22. Chingwali is a shackle for the head, a fetter.
23. Chinjenge means to be left in hardship.
24. Chinunga is an articulated joint.
25. Chinyundu is a bee hive smoker (rid the hive of bees)
26. Chioola is a quiet person; sober.
27. Chipango is the fence built for a woman giving birth.
28. Chipipa means to swish or whip through the air.
29. Chipoya is a machile or hammock.
30. Chiputa is a type of shrub; bush.

31. Chishwashwa is an empty light shell.
32. Chitumbo is a big heap of soil.
33. Chitundu is a type of plant with edible tuber.
34. Chiyengele is a red cloth belt; name of the Senior Mbunda Chief in the Barotseland.
35. Chiyengo means big barrel.
36. Chuma means thing. (also in lozi)
37. Kaalu is a surviving twin. (Also in lozi)
38. Kavavu is June
39. Kafunya is a presumptuous person.
40. Kafuti is the child born after twins.
41. Kailu is the child born after five children’s death, regarded as a “returned”

42. Kaliki is the chiefs store house. Kaliye means being lonely.
43. Kalimbwe (vulimbwe) is a a person using birdlime to catch birds.
44. Kalumbu, for females, a stray person who has lost her good character.
45. Kalyata is a person who oppresses others.
46. Kalyangu is a kind of jester or masked dancer.
47. Kamana is a wise person.
48. Kanjengo means white cloth.
49. Kankondo is a kind of weasel that eats fowls.
50. Kanjonja is a type of gun; flintlock.
51. Kanunga is a small joint.
52. Kapatiso means bolt fastener.(also in lozi)
53. Kapisa is a person who refuses to help because he is miserly and stingy or who burn something.

54. Kashweka means a hidden thing.
55. Kashukwe is August.
56. Kasoka is a person who loads the gun; rams the charge into the gun.
57. Kasonda (vusampu) is a kind of coiffure.
58. Katavola is a person who tears something apart. Name of the famous Mbunda chief who fought and defeated the Chokwe tribe in Angola.
59. Katota is a person who knocks on something or hammers.
60. Katongo is a wanderer.
61. Kaulembi (kulamba) is a person who goes to appeal for help.
62. Kavindama is an unfortunate person.

63. Kavunda is a person who smears the concrete floor.
64. Kawengo is the spirit of a deceased woman.
65. Kayando is a sufferer, trouble.
66. Kayawe is a cunning person.
67. Kayongo is the spirit of a deceased man.
68. Kazungo is noise or racket.
69. Kufuna means to and fro. (Not Mbunda by origin but used today). (Also in lozi)
70. Kuunga means to gather.
71. Kuvangu, see Kawengo.
72. Likonge is a kind of water grass.(lozi)
73. Liongo is a river reed.
74. Livindamo is an unluckly village or place. (Luvinda means hard luck or Misfortune).
75. Liwoyo means racket, noise.

76. Lumbala is the name of a river in eastern Angola.
77. Lyato is a big canoe.
78. Lyunda means grove.
79. Makayi means bracelets.
80. Makalu is a brave person.
81. Makuwa from (kulikuwa) someone who shouts when rejoicing.
82. Maliti is a type of rifle, a single loader.
83. Manjolo are tubular anklets.
84. Manyenga is a worried person, also means to render fat.
85. Masambo means small wires.
86. Maseka, see Makayi.

87. Masumba are crescent shaped medallions.
88. Mbaita (f) means please pass, to allow to pass.
89. Mbalili (f) means keg, barrel.
90. Mbambale is the spinning device used by Mbunda.
91. Mbandu means sore; name of the Mbunda chief who rebelled against the Portuguese in 1914 in Angola.
92. Mbundi (f) means a fetish stick.
93. Mukovoto is a talkative person.
94. Mukuve is a kind of tree for bark rope.
95. Mukwita is a passer-by; to pass by.(lozi)
96. Mulemba is a kind of tree that produces rubber.
97. Mulikita means great big-game hunter, also boxer.(lozi)
98. Mulyata, see Kalyata.

99. Mundanya, see Masumba.
100. Mundu (kaundu) means medicine rubbed on the body to make it impervious to bullets; name of the first Mbunda Chief who came to Bulozi in 16th century.
101. Mundthimba is an ignorant person.
102. Mununga is a person who joins things together.
103. Musando is a millet.
104. Musangu is a resurrected person.
105. Mushova (f) means mixed things.
106. Mushuwa (f) is a tree with little leaves, see mulemba.
107. Musompa is a judge.
108. Muti (citi) means tree.
109. Muvanga is a kind of shrub, also means first born.
110. Muwae (f)means beauty.

111. Muyeva, see Katongo
112. Muyenga is to render fat or bees wax (lozi).
113. Muyombo (mushaa) means a type of fetish stick.
114. Mwila means grass.
115. Ndandula means he must follow.
116. Ndombelo is a young girl who pounds white maize into seke which is used in ritual offerings (nombelo) to ancestral spirits.
117. Ndumba means lion.
118. Ngeve is female twins.
119. Ngongola, see Katota.(lozi)
120. Nguvu means male twins; also hippopotamus).
121. Njamba, elder of the twins; also elepha
122. Nkumbwa is ostrich.

123. Nyumbu is a type of swamp reed.
124. Nyundu means otter.
125. Sakulo is a kind of grass used for thatching.
126. Seke is white maize meal used for offerings to ancestral spirits.
127. Shanda, battle, honey badger.
128. Wacama is the abbreviation of (waca manene) meaning you like something very much.
129. Wampata means an argumentative or stubborn person.

Source: Barotse Royal Establishment


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