Clan Names

Clan names form an integral part of all Bantu ethnic groups in South Africa. However, they are most prominent across the Nguni nation groups which include the AmaXhosa, AmaZulu, AmaSwazi and AmaNdebele.

Clan names are not surnames. Surnames are passed down from the father’s side of the family while the clan name system honours ancestors, and they run across multiple families.


To put it another way, clans are groups of families with different surnames and one clan name unifying them. Clans make up a tribe which in turn make up a nation such as the AmaXhosa.

Table of Clan Names

Batlôkwa Clan NamesBanda Clan NamesButhelezi Clan Names
Cele Clan NamesChonco Clan NamesDlamini Clan Names
Dladla Clan NamesDlomo Clan NamesDube Clan Names
Gumede Clan NamesHadebe Clan NamesJola Clan Names
Khumalo Clan NamesKunene Clan NamesLanga Clan Names
Mabena Clan NamesMabuza Clan NamesMadiba Clan Names
Mahlangu Clan NamesManzini Clan NamesMaphanga Clan Names
Maseko Clan NamesMashaba Clan NamesMasuku Clan Names
Mavundla Clan NamesMavuso Clan NamesMazibuko Clan Names
Mbatha Clan NamesMbuyazi Clan NamesMdluli Clan Names
Mhlongo Clan NamesMkhize Clan NamesMkhwanazi Clan Names
Mlambo Clan NamesMncwango Clan NamesMngadi Clan Names
Mngomezulu Clan NamesMnisi Clan namesMofokeng Clan Names
Mokoena Clan NamesMoloi Clan NamesMotaung Clan Names
Motlaung Clan NamesMpanza Clan NamesMpinga Clan Names
Mpondo Clan NamesMshengu Clan NamesMsiza Clan Names
Mthembu Clan NamesMthethwa Clan NamesMthimkhulu Clan Names
Mthiyane Clan NamesMtshali Clan NamesMtolo Clan Names
Myeni Clan NamesMzimela Clan NamesNcwane Clan Names
Ndaba Clan NamesNdlovu Clan NamesNgcomo Clan Names
Ngcongo Clan NamesNgema Clan NamesNgiba Clan Names
Ngubane Clan NamesNkabinde Clan NamesNkambule Clan Names
Ngobeni Clan NamesNkosi Clan NamesNtuli Clan Names
Ntumba Clan NamesNxele Clan NamesNxumalo Clan Names
Nzimande Clan NamesPhiri Clan NamesRadebe Clan Names
Sangweni Clan NamesShabalala Clan NamesShabangu Clan Names
Sibiya Clan NamesSikhakhane Clan NamesSikhosana Clan Names
Simelane Clan NamesSithole Clan NamesTsotetsi Clan Names
Vezi Clan NamesVilakazi Clan NamesXaba Clan Names
Zikalala Clan NamesZuma Clan NamesZungu Clan Names
Zwane Clan NamesZwelithini Clan Names

Clan Names Across Tribes

In South Africa, clan names are an important part of many indigenous cultures and are often used to identify a person’s ancestry or lineage.

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