US Popularity:1621
Other Origin(s):African, Arabic
Meaning:Successful; Queen; Lion; Stem, hollow reed; Drink of water; Honeybee
Nala is a feminine name originating from many African cultures. In Swahili, this name means “queen,” “lion,” and “successful”. Nala is most notably the name of Simbas's lifelong friend—a spirited heroine who eventually becomes queen of the pride in The Lion King. She is a determined and playful character who represents a breath of fresh air in the films. On the flip side, Nala is also a masculine name that appears in the Hindi language meaning “stem” or “hollow reed”. But the diversity of this name doesn’t stop there! The variant Nahla, which is of Arabic origin, means "drink of water" or “honeybee.” No matter where your definition allegiances lie, this name is multi-faceted just like the gems in your little queen’s crown.

Nala Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Nala is currently #423 on The Bump
Girl:Nala is currently #311 on The Bump Girl Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Nala is currently #1621 in U.S. births
Girl:Nala is currently #846 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
- 42
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
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