Mbokazi Clan Names History and Origin

Mbokazi clan names can be found across many nations in the world, although more people typically have this surname in certain nations than in others.

Clan names play an integral part in Xhosa society. A person’s clan name identifies their family lineage and stock, so it’s polite to ask another individual’s clan name when meeting them for the first time.

Mbokazi Clan Names

  • Mbokazi
  • Mlambo
  • Mgabhi
  • Nyuswa
  • Hlombe
  • Sondaba
  • Wosiyane
  • Khathini
  • Mlamlankunzi
  • Mtimande


Mbongwe is a last name derived from Zulu language and its variant Bongwe, one of the most widespread surnames across South Africa and other African nations. Additionally, Mbongwe clan members are closely related to both Xhosa and Ngxokolo people making Mbongwe an essential piece of African history.

Folklore holds that the Mbongwe clan originated from Mbombo’s creation story in Fang culture. Mbombo created both heavens and earth before leaving earth due to discord among his earth dwellers; today Fang people practice monotheism with strong traditions of ancestor worship.

Nzame or Nzambe was initially composed of three parts – Nzame, Mebere, and Nkwa. When his work was complete, Nzame called Mebere and Nkwa over to admire it and they suggested he create something to rule over Earth – so Nzame agreed, creating elephants, leopards and monkeys who served as his triumvirate – eventually coming together under one name: Fam, meaning Power.

At the turn of the 20th century, Mbongwe women began marrying Frenchmen, shaking up traditional gender roles and social hierarchies while also upending Mpongwe culture by challenging its notion of ethnic purity – ultimately creating an atmosphere characterized by both African and European influences that helped form its society.


Masondo is a Zulu clan name. Tribes would assign people their clan names based on patrilineal lineage; much like Scottish surnames, Masondo was passed down through generations of male lineage and is therefore very prevalent throughout South Africa and other African countries.

Its origin remains unclear, yet its meaning remains profound. “To be rich” could refer to wealth and fortune while “strong” stands as an excellent sign that one is courageous enough to face challenges head on.

Masondo clan members tend to be very particular in what matters to them, which can make them appear fussy to others. Furthermore, their efforts often lack focus and consistency which hinders long-term results.

Masondo clan names can be found throughout South Africa. It is most prevalent in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Mpumalanga while also making appearances in Zimbabwe and Swaziland. On Geni, there are 24 genealogy profiles with this last name available – click here to search and discover your relatives!


Mthethwa was a small village south of the Mfolozi River in KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. Dingiswayo rose to prominence during the first two decades of the 19th century through consolidating smaller villages into his rule and trading ivory, slaves, and cattle with Portuguese traders.

Dingiswayo’s downfall remains unknown; it could have been the result of tensions with Zwide, the chief of Ndwandwe clan, or possibly due to his regiments’ sudden invasion into nearby regions and stripping them of cattle, dislodging entire populations in their tracks.

Dingiswayo’s reign was cut short by his assassination by Zwide, an Ndwandwe tribesman from Ndwandwe tribe, in 1818. According to legend, Shaka betrayed him; however no solid proof exists.

Shaka’s early life remains obscure, although it is widely assumed he was raised in Senzangakhona’s household due to his parents breaking traditional Zulu marriage laws. Nandi, his mother from Langeni clan was forced to live with her father’s family who despised her, as was later married off against their will despite not being permitted. They later divorced but instead took her son with them when married but this wasn’t allowed either – Nandi took him instead and married into one clan before having another clan head marrying him at some later point (her details remain unknown). When Shaka took over from his father he started reorganizing forces according to ideas gained during Dingiswayo army.


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