Swahili is a Bantu language spoken by ethnic groups that inhabit large areas of the Mozambique Channel coastline from northern Kenya to northern Mozambique, and also by ethnic minority groups in Somalia. Swahili serves as a national, or official language, of five nations: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, the Comoros and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and spoken by approximately 60 million people. Some Swahili words are derived from Arabic from more than 12 centuries of contact with Arabic speaking nations. It also incorporates Persian, German, Portuguese, English and French words in to its vocabulary through contact during the past five centuries. There are many exotic and rare Swahili baby names and name meanings for you to review at Baby Name Network, as well as many other African and Arabic name groups.