The speaker population calls their own language [aᵐba] (with prenasalised[ᵐb]). This name may be rendered Amba or Aba depending on spelling conventions, which have not been fixed yet for these languages.
Speakers of neighbouring Asumboa designate the Amba language as [neᵐbao]. This form, which may be spelled Nembao or Nebao, has sometimes been used by foreigners as another name for the Amba language.
Tryon, Darrell (1994), "Language contact and contact-induced language change in the Eastern Outer Islands, Solomon Islands", in Tom Dutton; Darrell Tryon, Language contact and change in the Austronesian world, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 611–648.