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Origin and Meaning of Mahlangu

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  • According to a user from South Africa, the name Mahlangu means "Mahlangu is derived from Inhlangu which which a type of antelope. In English Inhlangu is called a Reedbuck. The original bearer of this name was named after this animal. In African languages a suffix like "Ma"- simply means the one "who". In this instance Ma +Inhlangu = Mahlangu. Meaning, that who one who is Reedbuck.".
  • A user from South Africa says the name Mahlangu means "Mahlangu name started from King Ndzundza after he became a man or isokana from berfoming his ndebele culture rather than Manala who did not or never perfomed ndebele culture which has been as well perfomed by King Musi which is one of the reasons why King Musi did'nt preffered Manala to rule Ndebele nation. Only old and young Ndebele men who have perfomed Ndebele culture(ingoma) can simply understand the meaning of Mahlangu because the name Mahlangu is created from the name hlangu and that hlangu is a wild animal sort of springbok(inyamazana edliwayo)".
  • A submission from South Africa says the name Mahlangu means "Mahlangu is a surname of South Ndebele tribe, as the language changes due to the evolution of dialects, it become a challenge to spot the origin meaning, but if we remove suffix and prefix, in the word, we remain with "hlangu" where "ma-" can be a prefix for a mother, therefore Mahlangu can mean Mother Hlangu, in the same language, the prefix "ma-" can mean the preposition "a/the", therefore the word Mahlangu can also mean the Hlangu, or a Hlangu. the prefix "ma-" also mean the assigning of responsibility for a particular group of individuals, in the south Ndebele language, when you speaking about many teachers for example, more than three, you will say, amathitjere, mathitjere, you then assigned the responsibility for by using prefix "ma" or "ama". therefore assigning solders, warriors, would be "amahlangu" or "mahlangu", therefore is very widely to understand the word mahlangu, but the only fact that remain is that Mahlangu, is just a surname, like all other surnames you know, and is very difficult to source the good meaning of this surname, because Africans never wrote their history. until late" and is of English origin.
  • A user from South Africa says the name Mahlangu is of African origin and means "One who carries the shields (Shieldbearer). From the word "isihlangu" which means "shield" in IsiZulu or Zulu language "ma" is a prefix denoting the job title of the one who manufactures or carries the shields of a king or the fighting warriors. I believe that is perfectly correct to replace "Mahlangu" with "Shieldbearer".".
  • According to a user from South Africa, the name Mahlangu is of African origin and means "It means something an ox sort of".
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International Interest

Notable Persons With the Last Name Mahlangu

May Mahlangu is a soccer player for the Sint-Truidense V.V., Helsingborgs IF, IFK Hässleholm, IFK Göteborg, Konyaspor, and South Africa national football team. May was born on May 1st, 1989 in Secunda, Mpumalanga.


Esther was born in 1935. Esther is also known as Estere.


Solomon Mahlangu was a student, guerrilla warfare, and guerrilla. Solomon was born on July 10th, 1956 in Mamelodi, Pretoria, South Africa. He died on April 6th, 1979.


Jabu Mahlangu is a soccer player for the Kaizer Chiefs F.C., SV Mattersburg, SuperSport United F.C., Orlando Pirates, Östers IF, Platinum Stars F.C., F.C. Cape Town, South Africa national under-23 football team, and South Africa national football team. Jabu was born on July 11th, 1980 in Daveyton.


Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu is a Chairperson of National Council of Provinces and Lebowa bantustan parliament member in 1980s. He was most active from 2004 to 2014. Mninwa was born on October 8th, 1952.


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Fun Facts about the name Mahlangu

  • How unique is the name Mahlangu? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Mahlangu was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Mahlangu: Your name in reverse order is Ugnalham. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mnlugaah. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Mahlangu born Jul 3, 1999

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 Arctic approximately on 1475. Your profession was warrior, hunter, fisherman, and executor of sacrifices.

You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. You should develop your talent for love, happiness and enthusiasm and to distribute these feelings to all people.

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