Lion Names – 330+ Awesome Lion Name Ideas with Meanings

These majestic animals are deserving of an epic name. You good choose from an already famous lion name or even choose a name that means “lion”. Either way, we have put together a list of over 330 of the best Lion Names.

We also have gender specific lion names for both Male and Females.

best lion names for naming a lion

Names That Mean “Lion”

There are roughly 6,500 languages spoken today in the world. There’s no way we could come up with that many meanings of lion names. But we did get 36 names that mean “lion” in different languages.

  • Kiara (means “lion” in Japanese)
  • Ari (means “lion” in Hebrew)
  • Hari (means “brown, yellow, tawny” in Sanskrit, and by extension “lion”)
  • Leo (derived from Latin Leo meaning “lion”)
  • Leonardo (means “lion” in Russian)
  • Aslanbek (derived from Turkish Aslan meaning “lion”)
  • Asad (means “lion” in Arabic)
  • Leandra (the feminine form of “Leo”, Afrikaans)
  • Luan (means “lion” in Albanian)
  • Leonard (means “brave lion”, derived from the Germanic)
  • Kesari (means “lion” in American)
  • Usamah (means “lion” in American)
  • Sarabi (means “lion” in American)
  • Hamza (means “lion” in Arabic)
  • Usama (means “lion” in Arabic)
  • Aslan (from Turkic Arslan meaning “lion”)
  • Scar (means “lion” in Egyptian)
  • Tau (means “lion” in Tswana)
  • Leonidas (derived from Greek meaning “lion”)
  • Kesar (means “lion cub” in Indian)
  • Ariel (means “lion of God” in Hebrew)
  • Lionel (means “lion” in Welsh)
  • Sher (means “lion” in Persian)
  • Nada (means “lion” in Old German)
  • Kefir (means “lion” in Hebrew)
  • Dilan (means “like a lion” in French)
  • Abbas (means “lion” in Arabic)
  • Haidar (means “lion, warrior” in Arabic)
  • Amra (“The Lion God” in Egyptian/African)
  • Simba (means “lion” in Swahili)
  • Lavi (means “lion” in Hebrew)
  • Mufasa (means “lion” in American)
  • Moomba (means “lion” in Indian)
  • Lev (means “lion” in Polish)
  • Leon (means “lion” in Italian)
  • Kefira (means “young lion” in Indian)

Lion Names in “The Lion King”

  • Simba (He is the son of Mufasa and Sarabi. The name “Simba” comes from the Swahili word for lion.)
  • Nala (Sarafina’s daughter and Simba’s best friend.)
  • Sarafina (Nala’s mother.)
  • Mufasa (Simba’s father. The first Lion King of Pride Rock featured.)
  • Vitani (Zira’s daughter and sister of Nuka and Kovu.)
  • Kovu (Zira and Scar’s son and chosen heir and Kiara’s mate. His name means “scar” in Swahili.)
  • Kiara (Simba and Nala’s daughter and therefore princess of the Pridelands.)
  • Nuka (Zira’s elder son, brother of Vitani and Kovu.)
  • Zira (Mother of Nuka, Vitani and Kovu. “Zira” means “hate” in Swahili.)
  • Scar (Mufasa’s brother.)
  • Sarabi (Simba’s mother.)

We have all 20 lion king names here.

Other Famous Lion Names

  • Zuba (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa)
  • Larry (Father of the Pride)
  • Parsley (The Herbs)
  • Ryan (The Wild)
  • Gregory (My Gym Partner’s a Monkey)
  • Martin (Wild Kratts)
  • Granite (Jewelpet)
  • Bibi
  • Gold (Majuu Sensen: The Apocalypse)
  • Kimba (Kimba the White Lion)
  • Fred (Super Chicken)
  • Samson (The Wild)
  • Socrates (Animals United)
  • Christian
  • Bobby (My Gym Partner’s a Monkey)
  • Cecil
  • Chris (Wild Kratts)
  • Kion (The Lion Guard)
  • Alex (Madagascar)
  • Lippy The Lion (Lippy the Lion & Hardy Har Har)
  • Leo (Merrie Melodies)
  • Elsa
  • Aslan (Narnia)
  • Makunga (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa)
  • Reginald (64 Zoo Lane)
  • Bester (Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn!)
  • Montana Jones (Montana Jones)
  • Prince John (Robin Hood)
  • Erma (Tenchi Muyo! GXP)
  • Lil’ Cubby (Wild Kratts)
  • Lambert (Lambert the Sheepish Lion)

Names of Lions in Zoos

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  • Kendi
  • Zarina (gold)
  • Cabara
  • Kumar
  • John
  • Rudo (means “love” in Zulu)
  • Kya
  • Amani (desires, wishes)
  • Rashmi (moonbeam)
  • Joanna
  • Willa
  • Kamali
  • Angalia
  • Amara (immortal)
  • Oregon
  • Fintan
  • Zuri
  • Mara
  • Lemon
  • Sabrina
  • Pelo (means “heart” in Sotho)
  • Timmy
  • Cersei
  • Jabari (meaning the brave one)
  • Emery
  • Inesh (strong king)
  • Zuri (means “beautiful” in Swahili)
  • Lelie (Afrikaans for “lily”)
  • Binti
  • Joco
  • Jari (powerful, brave)
  • Baruti (an African name meaning “teacher”)
  • Amaris (child of the moon)
  • Asha (meaning life)
  • Sabal (with strength)
  • Ruaha
  • Tobias
  • Mena
  • Rex
  • Karishma (miracle)
  • Myrcella
  • Kali (meaning fierce)
  • Tatu
  • Imani
  • Zalika
  • Jungle
  • Alice
  • Lusaka
  • Zola
  • Kunwar (prince)
  • Serafina
  • Neliah
  • Sebastian
  • Fahari (means “magnificent” in Swahili)
  • Karoo
  • Shera
  • Sahar
  • Busela (means “happy and independent” in Zulu)
  • Uma
  • Sikara (brave one)
  • Chobe
  • Roberta

African Lion Names

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

Cool Lion Names

  • Bruno
  • Akiva
  • Cleopatra
  • Ozzie
  • Gus
  • Winston
  • Duchess
  • Elsa
  • Pandora
  • Hulk
  • Oliver
  • Bubba
  • Butch
  • General
  • Wesley
  • Zeus
  • Kong
  • Aurora
  • Tyson
  • Beau
  • Nova
  • Jumbo
  • Amaris
  • Gemini
  • Fang
  • Hugo
  • Sabrina
  • Fergie
  • Queen
  • Hunter
  • Harley
  • Hercules
  • Django
  • Vega
  • Clifford
  • Boots
  • Rocky
  • Medea
  • Huntress

  • Bathsheba
  • Kaya
  • Olympia
  • Shandy
  • Asia
  • Rori
  • Conan
  • Leonidas
  • Romeo
  • Attila
  • Fluffy
  • Lexie
  • Hera
  • Luna
  • King
  • Amber
  • Xena
  • Shiva
  • Jake
  • Caesar
  • Thor
  • Athena
  • Montana
  • Loki
  • Sheba
  • Goliath
  • Apollo
  • Leo
  • Lolita
  • Leah
  • Sampson
  • Savannah
  • Malibu
  • Duke
  • Yukon
  • Skip
  • Liberty
  • Scout
  • Maximus
  • Venus
  • Brutus
  • Theodore

Female Lion Names

female lion names for a lioness


Here are some of our top picks for the female lion or lioness names that you should consider when naming a lioness. 

  • Sabrina
  • Bathsheba
  • Xena
  • Duchess
  • Leah
  • Aurora
  • Vega
  • Cleopatra
  • Lexie
  • Queen
  • Nova
  • Jabari
  • Kendi
  • Amani
  • Aaliyah

Male Lion Names

male lion names for naming a lion

If we have lioness names, then here also have our top picks of male lion names for the kings of the wildlife.

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

Swahili Lion Names


We have a lot more of our Swahili lion names that have good meanings too. 

  • Kuume (Friend)
  • Kamikazi (Queen)
  • Djembe (West African drum)
  • Akeen (Brave)
  • Rufaro (Joy)
  • Leki (Little brother)
  • Tindo (Active)
  • Kanzi (Treasure)
  • Amar (Long life)
  • Simba (Lion)
  • Tandi (Fire)
  • Duma (Lightning)
  • Olee (Happy moment)
  • Enyi (Friend)
  • Bheka (To watch)

White Lion Names

white lion names

Here are some of the white lion names that we like for this rare lion species. 

  • Lilith
  • Pelo
  • Lelie
  • Rashmi
  • Snowflake
  • Alba
  • Jari
  • Oregon
  • Frostine
  • Mara

Japanese Lion Names

japanese lion names for naming a lion

Check out these cool Japanese lion names with their meanings. 

  • Akira (intelligent)
  • Masumi (clarity)
  • Amaya (night rain)
  • Yuri (lily)
  • Kimi (noble)
  • Asami (morning beauty)
  • Adzuki (red bean)
  • Sora (sky)
  • Nori (seaweed)
  • Ryuu (dragon)
  • Pochi (a classic dog name like “Spot”)
  • Haru (sunlight)
  • Aki (spring)
  • Yuki (good fortune)
  • Momo (peach)

Unique Lion Names

unique lion names

Here are other unique lion names that are meaningful.

This is another African name. It also happens to be the name of a major
This is a nickname based on the lion-ness.
This is another Lion King name.
Lions are known for being exceptionally good hunters.
This lion name comes from a character in the Lion King.
Romeo needs his Juliet. You might need to get a second lion.
This lion name comes from the popular Lion King film.
This is an awesome name for a lion.
This is a hip sounding name that is African in origin.
This is adorable name for a kitten. As the lion grows up, such a cute name
This is another great name for a lion who reminds you of a pet cat.
Because a lion has cubs.
This is such a pretty name for a lion.
This is a country in Africa, but it would also be a great name for a lion.
This is a kitten name that was stolen for baby lions.

‘Lion’ names in different languages

lion in different languages

How about we learn ‘lion’ in different languages that can be used as a lion name? 

leon Filipino
intare Kinyarwanda
singa Sundanese
simba Swahili
Lew Polish
tau Sesotho
leão Portuguese
Ljón Icelandic
raiona Maori
lauva Latvian
liūtas Lithuanian
liona Hawaiian
leòmhann Scots Gaelic
leone Corsican
mkango Chichewa

P.S. we also have a Lion Name generator to get a name personalized on the gender, size, personality and more of your lion.

If you prefer the visual experience we hand selected our favourites from this list in this video.

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