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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Nala

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     Indian (Sanskrit)

User Submitted Meanings

  • A submission from Lesotho says the name Nala means "Prosperity" and is of Lesotho origin.
  • According to a user from Canada, the name Nala is of English origin and means "My Fierce Lion".
  • A user from South Africa says the name Nala is of African origin and means "Nala is a South Sotho name that means Prosperity, Affluence.".
  • A user from Georgia, United States says the name Nala is of Swahili origin and means "Gift from God".
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International Interest

From Sanskrit नल (nala).

  1. (Hinduism) A character in Hindu mythology: the king of Nishadha Kingdom, son of Veerasena.

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How popular is the baby name Nala in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1979 5 5 0
1994 24 24 0
1995 85 85 0
1996 51 51 0
1997 55 55 0
1998 54 54 0
1999 51 51 0
2000 51 51 0
2001 56 56 0
2002 48 48 0
2003 78 78 0
2004 94 94 0
2005 71 71 0
2006 102 102 0
2007 92 92 0
2008 118 118 0
2009 109 109 0
2010 124 124 0
2011 158 158 0
2012 238 238 0
2013 234 234 0
2014 266 266 0
2015 286 286 0
2016 361 361 0
2017 355 355 0
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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International Interest for Nala

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Nala as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Nala

  • How Popular is the name Nala? Nala is the 5,057th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Nala have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,166 babies born with the first name Nala in the United States. That's more than enough people named Nala to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Nala? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1979 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Nala first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nala is Friday, March 17th, 1899.
  • What year had the most people named Nala born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nala was in 2016 with a total of 361 babies.
  • Random Nala Factoid: According to the 2007 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Nala is not a popular baby girl's name in Florida. Imagine that, only 9 babies in Florida have the same name as you in 2007.
  • Weird things about the name Nala: Your name in reverse order is Alan. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Alna. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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