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90 Lion Names & Meanings

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My name is Tatiana, but my friends and family call me Tutta. I love writing articles that bring a little creativity to everyday life.

The king and queen of the jungle deserve equally powerful names.

The king and queen of the jungle deserve equally powerful names.

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 (even if your lion is actually a dog), or the proud, new owner of a stuffed lion, there are a plethora of names waiting to be given to your lion; it’s just a matter of finding the perfect one! Here are 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!

Okay, so maybe your "lion" isn't actually a lion, but he still deserves a fierce name!

Okay, so maybe your "lion" isn't actually a lion, but he still deserves a fierce name!

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.
















Bathsheba is a great name for a lioness.

Bathsheba is a great name for a lioness.

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!
















Cute Names

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
















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.
















African Names

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
















"Lion" Names

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
















Pet lions are 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!

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!

© 2014 Tatiana


Kai on August 29, 2020:

I dont know what it means but still Its a good name

Leah ash fan on August 27, 2020:

Lyla is a good name

Emma barber on August 27, 2020:

What about lunu

HeyDuck on August 25, 2020:

I have to write a story for school and the main character is a lion so i think I'll name him Hunter.

Tacocat on August 11, 2020:

I think I might name my real lion cub( my dad is a zookeeper) I think I might name it Cubby, fluffy, or Hunter... maybe fang.

William Mark on July 31, 2020:

Aslan is Turkish for 'lion.' That's where C.S.Lewis got the name for his deity in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. I didn't find this out til years after I read the series.

But it makes sense. God was often compared / contrasted in power / might /ferocity with lions and bulls. Lewis was a Theology professor.

Jay’storm the she-cat on July 11, 2020:

As a person who loves lions,i am trying to create a lion Pride from schleich(dont blame me,im just a kid!) and its not easy to find names. I havens found any good names for the lionesses here,but i think some fit for the males! I do have a nice name for ppl who want something special,even though its long and so,its ORIGINAL so,here it is,i use it for lionesses btw:


Its just a random Word that sounded good for a lioness so Why not? :D

Hope the person writing about a pride can use This name lol


Have a good day!

Birchfeather warrior of Oakclan on June 18, 2020:

I am writing a lion pride story and this helped, btw @Hazelstar I LUV warrior cats

Em on June 10, 2020:

Work at zoo was helpful thanks

Liz on June 09, 2020:

This was really helpful and interesting!! You make things sound so alive!! Thanks for making this site!! I'm grateful and I'm DEFINITELY sure others appreciate your work!

HHII on June 02, 2020:

The only thing i needed help is names for my Oc's.Already got em names.

Nauvoo on May 22, 2020:

Guys I need you guys help me with nauvoo name meaning he is a African white lion his whole family are rogues

Furry Trash on May 15, 2020:

Is anyone else using this to name their fursona? Just me?

kiara on May 04, 2020:

my name is Kiara and its there

gamer on April 30, 2020:

leo and romeo are good names

Ariel Bingbong on April 29, 2020:

My name is one of them!

Anonymous writer on April 16, 2020:

lol Loki?

Sam Piazza on April 16, 2020:

I love Simba a lot better

Anonymous on April 12, 2020:

Good names.

Yeet on April 11, 2020:

What about blaze or Apollo

Hi on April 11, 2020:

I like nala

charlise on April 09, 2020:

i like nala and simba

Savannah on April 06, 2020:

The name Cabaro or Kirat. Those are my favs

:P on March 30, 2020:

These names are helping me a lot in my writing

kazi on March 30, 2020:

all of them got cute name

Ilovelions on March 24, 2020:

Cariba or Amaris. I have a cat named Cleo, so I guess that'd work, too.

Simba on March 21, 2020:

Beacuse it from lion king

sapphirewishes on March 10, 2020:

Hai, if you want any other animal names such as wolves, other types of cats, (maybe mythical creatures), or other kinds of mammals/hunters, you can visit my website. Bai, good luck.

kaygalaxykay on March 10, 2020:

I like the name Savanna. Try it on your website.

aliyah on March 06, 2020:


helloguy on February 27, 2020:

i need african female lion name

Banana toes on February 06, 2020:

I dont have a pet lion but me play roblox and need to choose name for lion on lions life

Jess on January 08, 2020:

What is a name for a lion

Anonymous on January 07, 2020:

What about (Lenny)the lion.

Hello on January 02, 2020:

What about

Ava on January 01, 2020:

I do not have lion but I have a stuffy and I really wanted to name home so I came on here. I am still deciding on either fang or king

Hazelstar leader of Skyclan on December 12, 2019:

Your lion king names gave me an idea. You can use it if you want: Tama she's from the lion king too

April Angel on December 07, 2019:

I love the names I didn’t use a m r a as a name I used Amara

YASSSSsSsS QUEEN on November 17, 2019:

So I’m playing planet zoo right, well I had just got some lions a male and two females, And then I realized what type of names are ,Zooraia,Camila,and fernadio? So I came into your website and know I have, King, Queen, and nova.

Exiting news Nova is going to be having planet zoo lion cubs!!!


I have one zoroko

Thyagaraj on November 12, 2019:

Madmane was so good

Cambridge on October 24, 2019:

We named one of our lions Tamu Sana ....meaning so sweet

Another lion we name Ya Kupendenza meaning Delightful

kimari means Gambit

Safari Simba

milly green on October 07, 2019:

i need a name for a lion it has to be a bad name because he is a bad cat

imconfused102 on September 30, 2019:

Who one earth has a pet lion?

Ujwal on August 22, 2019:

What about madmane?

Rose on August 19, 2019:

I wasn’t naming my pet lion (I wish!)

But I was naming my lion character in a game but this really helped because so many of the others were Simba and Nala! Thx so much!

Amber King on August 10, 2019:

You forgot Kopa

Amber king on August 09, 2019:

I have my own name Amaraa

Me on July 19, 2019:

You forgot the best, Kovu

The lion fan on July 11, 2019:

#kiara you don't know lion king do you because simba falls in love with name then have kiara

lara on July 10, 2019:

what about zodiac

Ana on July 05, 2019:

What about ziyo

Cp on July 01, 2019:

What about Makeen?

Just call me George on June 08, 2019:

This is sweet I wanted to know some lion names

Kiara(yes that's my actual name) on June 04, 2019:

I forgot that in the Lion King the lion samba falls in love with is Kiara I think ;-;... Anyways, these names were really helpful to me because I have a online lion game and I was wondering what to name it!

Jay. on May 28, 2019:

I need some really cool names, tho.

IDK on May 20, 2019:

do you have any more names????(:

Erin on April 21, 2019:

Helpful, thanks

Breezy on March 31, 2019:

I have toy lion figures and need a name for my new cub. The father is Leon( named after a cat I uses to have) and the mother is Sakura. I need a name for a male cub so please tell me your ideas.

LakshmiLokeshwarReddy on March 30, 2019:

Ewe want deferent names about lion

Wolfie on March 25, 2019:

Me and my friends keep making power points with animals and our names if we were that animal and this website has really helped. Thanks!!!

Uhhhyy on March 21, 2019:


Annoymous on March 13, 2019:

The perfect name name for a Lion is Cheetah. Just to get you confused.

Electric phoenix on January 19, 2019:

Simba is my labradors name !

Nya on January 01, 2019:

Simbas daughter is called Kiara

Eloise on December 25, 2018:

More names from lion king the movie and what is the baby lion that is the kings little boy what is the name

Simba on November 28, 2018:

As a Kenyan, I must add that I am dissapointed.

Rainbow lion on November 25, 2018:

Thanks really helps

Emily on November 08, 2018:

Is musaka an acceptable lion name ?

Aditi Jha/kuhu on September 14, 2018:

I totally love lions. I am a kid! I always wanted a chance to get a lions cub as a pet

Abigail on August 09, 2018:

What about aiaka?

Gracie on June 27, 2018:

What about Cecil...the poor lion that was hunted savagely not too long ago by a idiot in Africa?

Me, Myself And I on June 27, 2018:

How could you put Kula in the TLK names but not Kovu?

Briana on June 22, 2018:

Where's kovu in the lion king names? Cant forget kovu

Meow on May 25, 2018:

I love Lions!

Eden on May 07, 2018:

Nice job with the lion names it was very useful for roblox game called lion role play

ME_HUMAN on April 17, 2018:

I like words

Lilly on March 12, 2018:

I love the name Zahara rolls off the tounge don't you think?

Luna on February 20, 2018:

I like Luna

I_Am_A_Person on February 08, 2018:

Oh. so my name is also a name for a female lion. I'm nothing like a lion. I"m tiny and shy and sly and a fox wearing a human skin suit... wait what I didn't say anything.

Lexie_Lion_LoD on January 16, 2018:

love the names

Lion lover on December 17, 2017:

The names Kion, Loki, and Zues are totally awesome!

ŁäŁä on December 14, 2017:

Man I really like these names

Allison on August 30, 2017:

This is some cool names!

Hey person below on July 16, 2017:

V Yeah, but ORIGINAL names are good too

Perielice on July 09, 2017:

I think Simba and Nala are awesome names for lion cubs

Lisa on July 05, 2017:

I think King is quite a good name, my name is Savannah :3 lmao

LionStar on April 16, 2017:

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.

Bob on March 21, 2017:

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

Victoria Webster on January 27, 2017:

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

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Suzie from Carson City on April 27, 2016:

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

TheWitchQueen on February 02, 2016:

For some Queens of the jungle I suggest

Delta, love it for strong, powerful, Royal lioness