Meaning:Companion, friend
If you are worrying about what name to give your little monkey, we say Hakuna Matata! Rafiki is a swinging boy’s name of Swahili origin, meaning “companion” or “friend.” Most famously, this name is associated with the wise and playful baboon in Disney’s The Lion King. An integral character in the film, Rafiki lends a helping hand to Simba on his search for his purpose, showing that Rafiki is the consummate friend. Your little BFF is sure to be inspired by both the character and the wondrous Swahili culture. This name is sure to be a source of comfort and pride, no matter what happens in little Raf’s life. And, as the knowledgable Rafiki says in the movie, “The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it,” which baby can certainly take to heart!

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