Kenya Surnames

If you're here, it's because you've decided to look up the 250 most common surnames in Kenya. Surely you've heard of some Kenyan surnames, but you may be surprised to see surnames in this list that you didn't know were so common in a country like Kenya. In this list we have totally updated statistical information about the most common surnames among Kenyans, so if you are looking for information about whether your surname would stand out in Kenya, we warn you that if it is not in this list, yes, your surname would be something uncommon in Kenyan lands . However, if your surname appears among these 250 surnames, we are afraid that you will have to stand out for other qualities, as you will be quite common as far as surnames for Kenyans are concerned

The most common Kenyan surnames

  1. Mwangi (633977)
  2. Maina (450347)
  3. Otieno (425223)
  4. Kamau (373371)
  5. Odhiambo (351165)
  6. Njoroge (291168)
  7. Kariuki (282442)
  8. Ochieng (267224)
  9. Omondi (262542)
  10. Kimani (237336)
  11. Onyango (229242)
  12. Wambui (223175)
  13. Atieno (223143)
  14. Wanjiku (217242)
  15. Njeri (212140)
  16. Akinyi (196693)
  17. Njuguna (194126)
  18. Macharia (187213)
  19. Wafula (186183)
  20. Achieng (184543)
  21. Muthoni (180418)
  22. Ouma (179723)
  23. Juma (179203)
  24. Karanja (170393)
  25. Mohamed (162467)
  26. Mutua (149385)
  27. Adhiambo (145622)
  28. Cheruiyot (143087)
  29. Kibet (139911)
  30. Simiyu (137516)
  31. Chege (135066)
  32. Mbugua (130598)
  33. Waweru (129080)
  34. Wanjala (128037)
  35. Ngugi (125413)
  36. Barasa (124948)
  37. Ndungu (123979)
  38. Wambua (123243)
  39. Wairimu (119924)
  40. Chebet (119331)
  41. Mburu (119216)
  42. Koech (118907)
  43. Mwaura (116096)
  44. Nyambura (115856)
  45. Rotich (113639)
  46. Anyango (112185)
  47. Ali (109225)
  48. Mungai (108340)
  49. Wangui (108021)
  50. Wekesa (107571)
  51. Okoth (106593)
  52. Langat (105620)
  53. Chepkemoi (105284)
  54. Mutuku (104688)
  55. Abdi (99108)
  56. Hassan (98813)
  57. Owino (98774)
  58. Wangari (97627)
  59. Njoki (97558)
  60. Awuor (96435)
  61. Njenga (95271)
  62. Musyoka (95060)
  63. Nyongesa (94747)
  64. Cherotich (94101)
  65. Wanyonyi (93738)
  66. Chepkoech (93226)
  67. Korir (92624)
  68. Chelangat (91903)
  69. Kiptoo (91734)
  70. Mwendwa (89760)
  71. Kinyua (87525)
  72. Kinyanjui (86377)
  73. Kiprotich (86286)
  74. Kipkoech (84973)
  75. Oduor (83470)
  76. Akoth (81526)
  77. Kirui (81350)
  78. Mwende (81107)
  79. Kioko (80994)
  80. Gitonga (80981)
  81. Kuria (79885)
  82. Auma (78833)
  83. Muriithi (77143)
  84. Gitau (77120)
  85. Munene (76782)
  86. Nganga (75627)
  87. Wachira (75169)
  88. Irungu (74541)
  89. Njeru (73665)
  90. Kemboi (73012)
  91. Mutai (72829)
  92. Cherono (71825)
  93. Kimutai (71460)
  94. Nyaga (70171)
  95. Mutinda (70015)
  96. Ndung'u (69993)
  97. Chepkorir (69975)
  98. Ahmed (69388)
  99. Ng'ang'a (69050)
  100. Chepkirui (68470)
  101. Muli (68250)
  102. Kiprono (68150)
  103. Muriuki (65566)
  104. Mwenda (64758)
  105. Hussein (64582)
  106. Shah (63402)
  107. Kiprop (62974)
  108. Kiplagat (62328)
  109. Kipkorir (62126)
  110. Awino (61227)
  111. Mwaniki (61086)
  112. Murithi (60217)
  113. Mugo (57992)
  114. Kosgei (57956)
  115. Makokha (57234)
  116. Kyalo (57206)
  117. Karisa (56878)
  118. Ngetich (56211)
  119. Okumu (55884)
  120. Rono (55224)
  121. Chepngetich (54917)
  122. Maalim (54858)
  123. John (54802)
  124. Issack (54539)
  125. Kazungu (53957)
  126. Peter (53706)
  127. Kimathi (52873)
  128. Kiplangat (52431)
  129. Bett (51893)
  130. Wamalwa (51882)
  131. Momanyi (51827)
  132. Musyoki (51456)
  133. Mutisya (50707)
  134. Cheptoo (50598)
  135. Kipngetich (50529)
  136. Wainaina (50204)
  137. Ibrahim (50081)
  138. Chemutai (49920)
  139. Muchiri (49540)
  140. Nyakundi (49037)
  141. Wanyama (48534)
  142. Mugambi (47759)
  143. Kipchumba (47241)
  144. Nekesa (47218)
  145. Wanja (47113)
  146. Karimi (47003)
  147. Omar (46750)
  148. Were (46666)
  149. Moraa (46421)
  150. Odongo (46331)
  151. Abdullahi (46160)
  152. Opiyo (46052)
  153. Kahindi (45559)
  154. Muiruri (45073)
  155. Chepngeno (44961)
  156. Mutunga (44645)
  157. Mueni (44394)
  158. Njagi (43980)
  159. Ndegwa (43635)
  160. Nyabuto (43247)
  161. Wanjohi (43147)
  162. Kipruto (42995)
  163. Chepkwony (42746)
  164. Okello (42324)
  165. Oluoch (42068)
  166. Patel (42029)
  167. Ndirangu (41441)
  168. Munyao (41400)
  169. Murimi (41400)
  170. Mumo (41239)
  171. Kipchirchir (41034)
  172. Mwikali (40818)
  173. Njogu (40508)
  174. Makena (40217)
  175. Owuor (40148)
  176. Ngeno (40003)
  177. Mukami (39983)
  178. Kerubo (39738)
  179. David (39458)
  180. Githinji (39295)
  181. Kipkirui (39063)
  182. Makau (38832)
  183. Kendi (38629)
  184. Mwanzia (38247)
  185. Ondieki (37623)
  186. Mutheu (36881)
  187. Mulwa (36860)
  188. Muema (36840)
  189. Kilonzo (36646)
  190. Cherop (36496)
  191. Karani (36296)
  192. Muturi (36034)
  193. Kiarie (35949)
  194. Musembi (35868)
  195. Odero (35706)
  196. Waithira (35668)
  197. Mutiso (35452)
  198. Kipkemoi (35366)
  199. Muia (35158)
  200. Mwita (35097)
  201. Waithera (35016)
  202. Kirimi (35011)
  203. Gatwiri (35005)
  204. Wambugu (34981)
  205. Mumbi (34904)
  206. Ruto (34664)
  207. Makori (34524)
  208. Sang (34315)
  209. Nanjala (34164)
  210. Maingi (34084)
  211. Mwangangi (33906)
  212. Muhumed (33830)
  213. Joseph (33809)
  214. Nduta (33753)
  215. Njiru (33174)
  216. Wanjiru (33117)
  217. Tanui (32692)
  218. Nasimiyu (32617)
  219. Lagat (32603)
  220. Mwiti (32530)
  221. Kinuthia (32501)
  222. Adan (32375)
  223. Kawira (32342)
  224. Ogutu (32289)
  225. Rutto (31647)
  226. Guyo (31643)
  227. Oloo (31642)
  228. Musau (31637)
  229. Chirchir (31559)
  230. Kihara (31490)
  231. Yegon (31407)
  232. Nduku (31384)
  233. Kwamboka (31148)
  234. Kinya (31083)
  235. Paul (31026)
  236. Mohammed (30141)
  237. Mutuma (30093)
  238. Mutwiri (29456)
  239. Gakii (29447)
  240. Omollo (29444)
  241. Mbithi (29254)
  242. Wesonga (28889)
  243. Odera (28877)
  244. Mboya (28185)
  245. Kipsang (28154)
  246. Kibe (28076)
  247. Masinde (27381)
  248. Gathoni (27327)
  249. Muthui (27313)
  250. Kiplimo (27291)

Did you know all these surnames from Kenya?

If you look, next to each surname in this list you will find a number. That number is the number of people who carry that surname in Kenya. Of course it is the official number given according to the latest statistics made in Kenya, and they take into account not Kenyans, but people who currently live in the country. So it is possible that you may find in Kenya a surname that you know perfectly well is not a Kenyan surname, that may help you get an idea of how many people from the same country from which that surname originates have emigrated to Kenya and have settled there.

Having information about surnames helps us to have information about our history, but also about the history of the different countries. Knowing which surnames are most abundant in Kenya at the moment helps us to take a snapshot of the country's current reality. In this way, and crossing these data we have about the current Kenyan surnames with the most abundant Kenyan surnames one hundred or two hundred years ago, we could get an idea of how Kenyan society has changed and the level of impact that migration may have had in a country like Kenya.

Similarly, it is interesting to try to discover what the current data are on the most used surnames in the countries neighbouring Kenya, and whether they have any surnames in common or if, on the contrary, the coincidences are minimal or non-existent. In this way we can guess what kind of relations Kenya has with its neighboring countries, and whether there has been mobility between the countries or not. As you can see, a few simple statistics on surnames in Kenya can provide much more information than may appear at first glance.

Have you been surprised by any of these Kenyan Last names?

What do you think? Have you already seen in this list of 250 surnames from Kenya any that have caught your attention? Have you missed any surname that you thought was very common in Kenya, and yet it has turned out not to be on the list? If you keep searching in other countries you will surely find that surname that you thought was Kenyan and that turns out to be more common in another country than Kenya. Sometimes the data surprises us, but that is what encourages us to want to know more about surnames and the reasons why the 250 most common Kenyan surnames are the ones presented in this list, and not others. We encourage you to continue your research.