Emily P. Contributor

Simba, a Swahili word for 'lion', is a paw-some dog name, especially if your pooch has a mane-like coat or a roar-like bark! It's also a nod to Disney's "The Lion King", so if your dog has a knack for dramatics, or a tendency to break into song, Simba is a perfect fit. Plus, it's a great conversation starter at the dog park - "Oh, like the lion?" "No, like the dog who thinks he's a lion!" So, if you're looking for a name that's fun, unique, and has a dash of pop culture, Simba is a roaring good choice!

Traits associated with the name Simba:

Dogs named Simba tend to be loving, good-natured, and brave. This name is also associated with companionship, and empathy.

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

It suggests that you have a fondness for Disney movies and may have a playful, adventurous spirit.

Is Simba a good dog name?

Simba 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. Simba is a widely loved dog name for good reason. If you like it, go for it!

Popularity: Overall

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

Popularity: Historical Trend

Simba was, in the past month, the 58th most viewed dog name on

As of April 2024, Simba is becoming ever more niche with new puppy owners. Our stats suggest that the name is less fashionable than it was at this time last year.

In general, this name has held steady in popularity with visitors.

In the past week, Simba was viewed 152 times, and liked 2 times.

Popularity: United States

The map below shows Simba's popularity across the United States, according to PupNames data.

Simba is most adored in Maine, Tennessee and Maryland.

By contrast, the name has been shown the least amount of interest in Oregon, Delaware and Louisiana.

Popularity: Around The World

And this world map shows which countries have the greatest love for the name Simba.

Most popular breeds named Simba:

  1. Chow Chow
  2. German Shepherd
  3. Labrador Retriever
  4. Chihuahua
  5. Pomeranian

Simba is found in these categories:

nature dog names

Simba is the protagonist lion in Disney's "The Lion King," symbolizing wilderness and wildlife.

african dog names

Means "lion" in Swahili, a language spoken in East Africa.

disney dog names

Lion King's regal protagonist inspires this canine moniker.

animal dog names

Lion King's protagonist inspires canine monikers, despite being a feline!

cute dog names

Lion King's adorable cub inspires this endearing canine moniker.

Dog names like Simba:

Diminutive Form Of Samuel Or Samantha
marked by or emitting or filled with smoke
From The Stony Field
Mischievous baby genius.
From The Lane In The Woods
having an unpleasant smell
Simba dog name meaning

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Adrianna (Pennsylvania, United States)
I think of Simba as a great name for a dog with an owner who is a fan of lion king just like I am.
January 19, 2024

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