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since 1880
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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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Origin and Meaning of Swahili

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  1. The most widely spoken Bantu languages; the official language of Kenya and Tanzania and widely used as a lingua franca in east and central Africa

From Swahili swahili, from Arabic سَوَاحِل (sawāḥil), plural of سَاحِل (sāḥil, “coast”).

  1. An agglutinative language widely spoken in East Africa. Born of the hybridization of the Arabic and Bantu cultures, it was the language of the traders in East Africa, and spread along the routes of trade.

Swahili was also found in the following language(s): Dutch

Fun Facts about the name Swahili

  • When was the first name Swahili first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Swahili is Sunday, September 17th, 1972.
  • How unique is the name Swahili? From 1880 to 2015 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Swahili. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Swahili: Your name in reverse order is Ilihaws. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Awishil. How do you pronounce that?

What Swahili's Have Visited This Page?

What does the name Swahili mean?

Sis for serious, not always joking.

Wis for willing, to go the extra mile

Ais for adaptable, for the world is full of unique challenges

His for heart, warm and loving.

Iis for infinite, are your possibilities

Lis for lively, your life is full of energy!

Iis for impress, for impress you will.

Past life for Swahili born Dec 29, 1924

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 Mexico approximately on 1050. Your profession was medicine man, surgeon, and herbalist.

You had a mind of a scientist, always seeking new explanations. Environment often misunderstood you. Had a respectable knowledge. Magic is everywhere around you, in most usual, most ordinary incidents. Your lesson - to learn magic and to help people to see it clearly. You are a magician!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.