African slaves were all given English names to erase their African identity. Sometimes they were given Latin names. like Cicero, to testify to their owners' education. My understanding is that Kunta Kente in "Roots" is an African of the Kinte clan; and that Alex Haley wanted him to symbolize African culture. Most Afrcan saves would have been of African traditional faith. A very small percentage might have been Muslim. I do not know if any could have been of the Hebrew faith. Slaves for the American trade were taken primarily from West Africa. What is very little known is that Muslims were also taking African slaves out of Africa beginning in the Middle Ages.The Limba tribe in Zimbabwe have genetic links to Jews, retain certain Jewsh customs and even some Hebrew words in their prayers.