Name: Nala

Origin and Meaning of the Name Nala

  • Meaning:
    Stem, hollow reed
  • Origin:
  • Gender:
    Both
  • Pronunciation:
    (NAH lah)
  • Form of:
    Itself (Nala)
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Miscellaneous Info for Nala

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  • Used in:
    English and Hindi speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    Nala, currently experiencing a trend of being used for females in many English speaking countries, is historically a male name of Sanskrit origin and is used frequently for males in India and among the Hindi people. The name Nala appears in the Hindu tale of the "Mahabharata" as the name of the ruler of the Nishadas and husband of Damyanti.

    Nala is sometimes listed as being a feminine name of African origin and meaning "beloved". This might come from the name Nalo, which is a name of West African origin meaning "beloved daughter", although clearly Nalo and Nala are different names, thus the lineage of this link is just a guess and cannot be wholly substantiated. It is also occasionally reported as being "gift" in Swahili, however this isn't correct. The common Swahili word for gift is "zawadi" and "Nala" is a present tense form of the verb "kula" (eat), meaning "I eat".

    Nala is the name of a fictional lioness character who first appeared in Disney's popular 1994 animated feature film The Lion King. Nala is also a recognized anagram for the Native American Leadership Alliance, the National Association of Legal Assistants and The National Adult Literacy Agency.

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