Our Congolese name database contains 2.961 Congolese first names and 355 Congolese surnames categorized by gender and frequency. After payment you can download the Congolese name database in CSV, SQL or JSON format and use it freely in your projects. Africa is very poor organised and has no open data initiatives. The list of names from countries like Republic of the Congo are very limited to the names we know from other countries. The Congolese names are validated using official governmental databases we received in other countries which contained Congolese names as well. To create the Congolese name database we used 5.705 validated Congolese social media profiles. We have a detailed explanation of our methodology and illustrate our approach with several examples.

Congolese first names

In the Republic of the Congo, parents typically choose a first name for their child based on cultural and traditional customs. They may choose a name from their ethnic group or from a religious figure. Family names are also often considered when choosing a first name, as it is important to continue passing down family traditions and legacies. Some parents may also choose a name that has a specific meaning or significance to them.

Popular male Congolese names

First name Frequency*1 Percentage*1 Alternative countries*2
Christian 41 1.0% American German British
Patrick 35 0.9% American British German
Prince 30 0.7% Indian Nigerian American
Emmanuel 30 0.7% Nigerian French Mexican
Trésor 29 0.7% Congolese American Mahoran
David 29 0.7% American British Spanish
Franck 25 0.6% French Belgian Ivorian
John 24 0.6% American British Canadian
Alain 23 0.6% French Canadian Belgian
Christ 22 0.5% American Ivorian French
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 5.705 Congolese social media profiles from which 4.111 (72%) is male.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this first name also is used. They are sorted on popularity.

Popular female Congolese names

First name Frequency*1 Percentage*1 Alternative countries*2
Grace 19 1.2% American British Irish
Sarah 12 0.8% British American Canadian
Merveille 9 0.6% French Congolese Cameroonian
Divine 9 0.6% American Nigerian British
Rachel 8 0.5% American British Canadian
Dominique 8 0.5% French American British
Mignon 7 0.4% American Dutch French
Gloria 7 0.4% American Spanish Italian
Olivia 6 0.4% American British French
Ibara 6 0.4% Bosnian, Herzegovinian Turkish
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 5.705 Congolese social media profiles from which 1.594 (28%) is female.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this first name also is used. They are sorted on popularity.

Popular Congolese surnames

In the Republic of Congo, surnames typically reflect the ethnic and cultural background of an individual. They can be inherited from one's father or mother, and may indicate a person's tribe or region of origin. The use of surnames is common in urban areas, but less so in rural areas where people may be known by their first name or a nickname.

Last name Frequency*1 Percentage*1 Alternative countries*2
Ngoma 24 0.4% Zambian Mahoran French
Ilunga 19 0.3% Congolese Mahoran American
Diallo 19 0.3% Guinean Senegalese French
Mutombo 14 0.2% Congolese Mahoran American
Mukendi 14 0.2% Congolese American Mahoran
Mabiala 14 0.2% Angolan British Congolese
Kayembe 14 0.2% Congolese American Mahoran
Kabeya 14 0.2% Congolese Mahoran French
Itoua 14 0.2% French Senegalese
Kalonji 13 0.2% Congolese Mahoran French
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 5.705 Congolese social media profiles.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this last name also is used. They are sorted on popularity.