Nala: baby girl name meaning and popularity

Nala

This name has an unclear etymology; it may be derived from Nahla, of Arabic origin and meaning "water in the desert," or Sanskrit meaning "hollow reed," or Swahili meaning "gift." But no matter its origins, one thing is certain: thanks to its association with The Lion King, your little Nala's going to want to watch that movie over and over. And the musical. And the storybook.