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 strong-willed, good-natured, loving, and brave. This feminine name is also associated with intelligence, and companionship.

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!

Nala is found in these categories:


  • Nala ranks #10 with users of
  • Nala ranks #93 in the New York City Dog Name Database.
  • Nala ranks #74 in the Los Angeles Times 'Top Dogs'.

As you can see, Nala is one of the world's most popular dog names.

Most popular breeds named Nala:

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

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Nala (Michoacán, 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 🐶
November 02, 2022 ◆ 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 ❤ Nala
February 28, 2022 ◆ Translated

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