The Bantu languages make up a sub-branch of the Niger-Congo languages and there are about 250 Bantu languages labeled mutually intelligible. These languages are spoken in present day Cameroon, more commonly referred to as central Africa, east Africa and parts of southern Africa. Swahili, one of the most popular and well-known of the Bantu languages, has approximately 1 million native speakers. The Bantu languages are thought to have originated in West Africa about 3000 years ago when the indigenous people began a migration, taking agriculture with them. The term Bantu simply means people. Try Baby Name World’s database of Bantu baby names and name meanings when starting your search for a traditional African name.