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.
It's kind of hard to nickname Nala.
Famous people named Nala:
Daughter of actor Keenan Ivory Wayans, Nala Wayans.
Nala is also a (male) character in Hindu mythology, with a skill for horses and cooking and a weakness for gambling.