Origin of african
- As a noun in Old English as Africanas "Africans" (only plural). From Latin Africānae. In Middle English as Aufrican . Early Modern English Aphricane, Africans. The adjective appears in the 16th century, as Affricane, Africane, African.
- Latin Africus is from Afri (singular Afer), the name of an ancient people of North Africa (near Carthage, in modern Tunisia), with the suffix -icus. Africānus is formed by addition of the -ānus suffix.