Emily P. Contributor

Nala rose to fame with Disney's The Lion King. In the movie, Nala establishes herself as a powerful ally to Simba, encouraging him to return to Pride Rock and helping the character to overthrow the movie's villain, Scar.

Nala's embodiment of the strong and nurturing role of women in families and relationships makes this a great name for girl dogs.

We've seen this name given to small and large dogs alike, and it's always a hit!

Traits associated with the name Nala:

Dogs named Nala tend to be loving, good-natured, brave, and strong-willed. This feminine name is also associated with companionship, and intelligence.

What does it say about you to have a dog named Nala?

Naming your dog Nala suggests that you are a fan of the Disney movie The Lion King. It could also suggest that you are a fan of strong female characters, as Nala is a brave and independent lioness.

Is Nala a good dog name?

Nala has two syllables, which is highly recommended by dog trainers. The name also ends in a vowel sound, so it's easy for dogs to recognize. Nala is a widely loved dog name for good reason. If you like it, go for it!

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  • Nala ranks #23 with users of
  • Nala ranks #93 in the New York City Dog Name Database.
  • Nala ranks #74 in the Los Angeles Times 'Top Dogs'.

Nala is one of the more popular dog names out there. According to our data, Nala outranks the great majority of names.

In the past week, Nala was viewed 346 times, and liked 22 times.

Most popular breeds named Nala:

  1. German Shepherd
  2. Labrador Retriever
  3. Chihuahua
  4. Chow Chow
  5. American Pitbull Terrier

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Comments icon Comments (9)

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Olga Borges (Florida, United States)
I love the name Nala that I gave my chihuahua, she is white, she is a loving dog, I love her with all my heart
June 27, 2023 โ—† Translated

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Florcita Aponte (La Libertad, Peru)
Personally, I love Nala, she is a mixture of love with strength... I adopted a German Shepherd puppy, she is wonderful and the name was perfect for her personality
April 27, 2023 โ—† Translated

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Nala (England, United Kingdom)
I am thinking of naming my to be border Terrier puppy nala, thanks for the idea!
February 14, 2023

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KBentleySmith (North Carolina, United States)
I adopted an Italian Greyhound/Whippet mix when she was 6 months old. Her names is Nala. Love her deeply. She is now 10 months old and loves to play chase, fetch, curl up next to you for puppy rubs and loving. She came from an abusive home from what we can tell. She was and is afraid of men. It took her 3 months to come out of her shell. She still does not trust most people. But with my husband and I she is wonderful.
December 24, 2022

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Nala (Michoacรกn, Mexico)
I have a dog named Nala, she is a female and she is black, I love her very much and she has a YouTube channel called Nala ๐Ÿถ
November 02, 2022 โ—† Translated

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Rudi (Provincia de Chiriqui, Panama)
Have a female schnauzer 6 months old And named her Nala and she responds quickly.
October 13, 2022

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NALA (Leinster, Ireland)
It is sutch a cute name I love it
June 30, 2022

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Nala (Amman Governorate, Jordan)
It gives a personality
April 25, 2022

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RosaAcosta (Florida, United States)
It is a name that suits my dog Nala very well, she has all the characteristics I โค Nala
February 28, 2022 โ—† Translated

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