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90 Lion Names & Meanings

Updated on January 19, 2017

Who doesn’t have a pet lion? They’re all the rage right now! Seriously though, lions are awesome animals and should not be underestimated.

I don’t recommend having one as a pet if you don’t have good experience and background working with big cats because you might become their next meal if you don’t know what you’re doing!

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Tips for Naming a Lion

Like people, lions need names, too! Whether you’re a lion tamer for a circus, a zookeeper, a lion owner at home, or a proud, new owner to a stuffed lion, there’s a plethora of names waiting to be given to your lion; it’s just a matter of finding the perfect one! Here’s some tips:

  • Features: Lions are big cats, with all of the cat-like features, just bigger. Keep their features in mind when thinking of lion names.

  • Symbols: What do lions symbolize? These furrrocious cats symbolize strength, bravery, and power so think about this when brainstorming.

  • Africa: When people think of lions, they think of Africa because they’re native to the land. Using any names inspired by Africa, I’d be lyin’ if I said you could go wrong!

Finding the right name for your lion may take some time, but time is all you have as you will be saying this name for the rest of the lion’s life (or yours)! So take your sweet time to come up with a purrrfect name for that lion of yours.

Need a few ideas? Not a problem! I have compiled a list of some of the best lion names out there, so take a look and find the one that you need!

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Male Names

Males lions are an icon of strength and bravery, and their names should have that feel. Try one of these names to see if it is a good fit for your male lion.

 
 
 
Leo
Hunter
General
Leonidas
Loki
Scout
King
Fang
Rebel
Jake
Zeus
Maximilion
Apollo
Beau
Harley

Female Names

Maybe you're looking for a great name for the Queen of the Jungle instead. Try these out lioness names, you might just find the perfect match!

 
 
 
Savannah
Rori
Cleopatra
Lexie
Aaliyah
Leah
Aurora
Queen
Vega
Nova
Bathsheba
Luna
Sabrina
Xena
Duchess

Cute Names

Lions are cute, especially as cubs, so here’s a few names that are suitable for those adorable, growing cubs that will be good going into their adult lion years as well.

 
 
 
Paws
Skip
Bear
Cubby
Fluffy
Whiskers
Kitten
Boots
Snickers
Pumpkin
Oliver
Muffin
Romeo
Cupcake
Sprinkles

Lion King Names

Okay, all of these are from The Lion King movies and book, and you likely know the names already! They’re good ones though.

 
 
 
Scar
Simba
Mufasa
Nala
Surabi
Sarafina
Kiara
Kion
Kopa
Ahadi
Uru
Mohatu
Vitani
Kula
Zira

African Names

Since lions are native to Africa, it only makes sense to at least look at the African-inspired names!

 
 
 
Kenya
Sahara
Kalahari
Namib
Namibia
Morocco
Zambia
Jira
Kamili
Sudan
Armani
Kodjo
Kazi
Unika
Zahara

"Lion" Names

Here’s a list of names that either mean “lion” or come from the word.

 
 
 
Lionell
Ariel
Dillion
Lioness
Amra
Corin
Haider
Gur
Abbas
Ari
Benroy
Kimba
Chephirah
Diata
Puma
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Fun Facts about Lions

For those who are here learning about lions, how about a few fun facts? There’s a lot to learn about lions!

  • Lions are pack animals which means they stick together in the wild and thrive better in a group. A group of lions is referred to as a “pride” which usually consists of 15 or more lions.

  • Lions sleep up to 20 hours per day. Typical cat!

  • Lions can run up to 50 mph in short bursts.

  • Female lions do the majority of the hunting while the males protect the group.

  • Lions can roar so loud that you can hear it from 5 miles away!

  • Male lions grow to be more than 400 pounds in their adult years!

  • The heaviest lion ever recorded weighed in at a whopping 826 pounds!

  • Lions live about 15 years in the wild but 25-30 years in captivity.

  • Lions are the second largest species of cat. The tiger has one up on the lion.

Now that you are all book-smart about lions, do you think you’re ready to own one? If not, then you can always get a stuffed animal and pretend! Either way, you should have no trouble coming up with a name fit for a king, the King of the Jungle!

With all of these lion names, you probably found a few good ones that will suit your feline friend. Take time to find one that you truly love as much as you love that lion!

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      LionStar 5 weeks ago

      I love this website and i have been waiting for a pet real lion but I guess Santa hasn't been keeping up but i got plenty of stuffed ones. For a female Lion I would suggest Siberia and for male Judah.

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      Bob 2 months ago

      Does anyone know how a lioness is found attractive? Or are they just all attractive if they are healthy? I know that male lions are found attractive based on the darker there mane is; but what about female? :o

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      Victoria Webster 3 months ago

      Wow.You got really into detail in this thing.I love all the names.

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       7 months ago

      Cool

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      Paula 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Tat...I see you are a lover of felines and I can appreciate that. I'm fond of them as well. You've done a wonderful job with this interesting page on Lions, name & meanings. Love it. Peace, Paula

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      TheWitchQueen 15 months ago

      For some Queens of the jungle I suggest

      Delta, love it for strong, powerful, Royal lioness

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