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in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Bwana

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Borrowing from Swahili bwana (“master”), from Arabic أَبُونَا (ʾabūnā, “our father”).

  1. (slang) Big boss, important person.

bwana was also found in the following language(s): Chichewa, Italian, and Swahili

Notable Persons With the Last Name Bwana

Handwalla Bwana is a soccer player for the Seattle Sounders FC 2 and Seattle Sounders FC Academy. Handwalla was born on June 15th, 1998 in Mombasa, Kenya.


Fun Facts about the name Bwana

  • How Popular is the name Bwana? Bwana is the 84,391st most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Bwana have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Bwana in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bwana? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1972 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Bwana first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bwana is Monday, October 13th, 1952.
  • What year had the most people named Bwana born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bwana was in 1972 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Bwana: Your name in reverse order is Anawb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nabwa. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Bwana born Oct 1, 1972

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Romania approximately on 1875. Your profession was map maker, astrologer, and astronomer.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. It always seemed to you, that your perceptions of the world are somewhat different. Your lesson - to trust your intuition as your best guide in present life.

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