Hlatshwayo Clan Names History and Origin

Hlatshwayo clan names can be found across multiple nations worldwide, typically having their roots and ancestry tied to the Nguni Gaza-Kingdom of which Soshangane subjugated them with his Nguni army.

Their totem animal is the owl. When this creature shows up at one’s homestead, it can be taken as a good omen; should this happen often enough, a sangoma should be called upon in order to interpret these signs of good fortune.

Hlatshwayo Clan Names

  1. Hlatshwayo
  2. Zulu
  3. Swazi
  4. Ndebele
  5. Mthethwa
  6. Ndlovu
  7. Khumalo
  8. Ntuli
  9. Mthembu
  10. Ngcobo
  11. Nxumalo
  12. Cele
  13. Dlamini
  14. Gumede
  15. Shabalala
  16. Zungu
  17. Mkhize
  18. Majozi
  19. Hlongwane
  20. Zwane


Hlatshwayo was once a common surname among the Zulu people. Members of this clan often moved with their cattle from Zululand into South Africa in search of greener pastures; many settled in KwaZulu Natal Midlands; their descendants can still be found today here; the clan name itself translates into English as “hele”, meaning mercy and grace from God.

The Hlatshwayo clan belongs to both Ngomo and Siyendane tribes and Cele and Khumbuza clans. Families that share a totem will usually treat each other like brothers and sisters due to sharing a family tree. While in other cultures inheriting your brother’s wife is forbidden, in Zulus this practice serves to keep their bloodline together and maintain their culture.

Hlatshwayo is one of the world’s most frequently seen surnames, being found in more nations than any other. It is particularly widespread across South Africa and ranks 7,840th worldwide – likely because this name is widely popular among Africans. People with this surname tend to hail from any one of several African nations that share it:


Ngwanya clan names (isiduko) are used to trace back someone’s lineage through male ancestors and determine their family history. Isiduko are passed from father to son and act as the only way of doing this, making it an honour when called by one or knowing one as such; therefore it is considered polite when meeting new people to inquire as to their clan name so you may better identify and interact with members of your own clan.

Ngunya is one of several clans belonging to Mpondomise kingdom and comprises descendants from many houses of kings as well as people who hail from AbaMbo nation that was an origin of Mpondomise kingdom. Additionally, Ngunya hosts cadet branches for other Mpondomise clans such as Xesibe and Mtshutshumbe nations.

Other clans within the Mpondomise kingdom include: uDosini, uFakade, uHawunda, uMsiza, uNcilashe and the uKhabaya clans; as well as Gcina and Hlasile clans from AbaMbo/Qwathi nation who pay tribute. Dalindyebo/Nkqubela clans also fall into this category – their kingdom and that of Mpondomise are currently at odds over rights to Thembuland area rights.


Clan names in Africa are an essential component of culture and identity, representing shared ancestry and origin and providing people a way to identify themselves within their community. Clan names often incorporate family names to give members a sense of belonging. One notable African clan name was that of Hlatshwayo from Swaziland where their ancestors moved with their cattle to Kwa Maphumulo around 1906 to find better pastures due to an unfair poll tax introduced by white authorities that placed burdensome burdens on black residents; Sitheku incited his followers to revolt against white rule and kill all whites present – this rebellion resulted in his revolt being led against and kill all whites present.

Hlatshwayo clan members tend to treat one another like siblings. Additionally, they share similar traditions and values within Zulu nation; one example being when brothers inherit wives of deceased brothers when one passes on. Although not common across cultures, these Zulus believe this tradition helps preserve bloodlines within family units and prevents outsiders from marrying and having children with these individuals.

Zulu nation comprises many clans, such as Cele, Makhwelela, Khumbuza and Dubandlela. Each has their own history and origins that go back over generations.


In 1906, the white government introduced a poll tax which Africans were expected to pay. This act of humiliation caused massive uprisings throughout Gobizembe and Mashwili Mthethwa led by Ndlovu and Mashwili Mthethwa led by Ndlovu who initially hesitated before two messengers from Sitheku (an uncle of Dinuzulu), told him about rebelling against this unfair tax and told them Bhambatha KaMancinza was alive!

Hlatshwayo was successful in defeating and burning white settlements during this uprising, taking control of Pietermaritzburg as well. This dealt a severe blow to white settlers who then decided to head north toward Mozambique.

Hlatshwayo’s are originally from Swaziland. Their forefathers traveled with their herds of cattle seeking greener pastures before eventually settling in Kwa Maphumulo region and later Mpumalanga. The name Hlatshwayo derives from Hele, Sela iNtloko’s firstborn son whose family name they took.

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