Meaning: In Latin, the name Nala refers to an olive or something sweet or fruity. In Arabic it means “first drink of water” and is sometimes spelled Nahla. In several African languages Nala means “successful,” and in Sanskrit it is a hollow reed or stem.
About This Name: The name Nala is best known as a character in Disney’s iconic movie The Lion King. But some celebrities, including Laurel Holloman and Keenan Ivory Wayans, have named their daughters Nala. After the release of The Lion King, however, naming dogs Nala suddenly got popular. Nala is in the top 25 on Rover.com’s list of top 100 female dog names. If you’re a fan of New Orleans, you might consider a unique twist on this name: Nola.
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