Cat in lion costume

Bringing home a pet cat is an exciting time, whether you have just one or a whole pride of frisky felines. Your new cat may be small, but they no doubt have a personality as big as a lion. What better way to emphasize your kitty’s winning qualities than by choosing a name that reflects the king of cats.

Here are some great lion names for cats from zoos, movies, shows, and other languages to consider.

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Top Lion Names for Your Cat 

  • Simba
  • King
  • Queen 
  • Lionel 
  • Nala 
  • Aaliyah 
  • Zuri 
  • Jasmine 
  • Alex 
  • Cleopatra 
  • Mufasa 
  • Fang 
  • Xerxes 
  • Venus
  • Sarabi 

Tips for Naming Your Cat

Picking a name for your cat is a good time to be choosy. You want to find a name that has the right ring without being too difficult for others (including your cat!) to learn. Though you may be the one using your cat’s name the most, it will still be shared with your friends, cat sitter, and veterinary office. Some lion cat names might use unfamiliar words from other languages or cultures. If that’s the type of name you’re drawn to, just be prepared to frequently explain how to pronounce it. Also, keep in mind that a long, complicated name may make it difficult for your cat to recognize his or her name.

With some brainstorming, you will be able to find the perfect lion name for your cat. Considering your cat's appearance and personality are great starting points. Does your cat sport an orange coat? Perhaps Simba would be fitting. Are they brave? Perhaps King or Kodjo would be good options. Here are some other great lion names to consider for your fearless feline. 

Lion Names for Male Cats

It's no surprise that the best lion names for male cats are brave-sounding. Give your macho male kitty one of these lion-like names for a name as big as his personality. Some are borrowed from African languages for an authentic-sounding lion name.

  • Leo
  • Asad
  • Jabari 
  • Tatu 
  • Sebastian 
  • Sikara 
  • Sahar
  • Karoo
  • Kodjo
  • Morocco
  • Kazi
  • Zeus
  • Fang
  • Hugo
  • Leonardo
  • Lionel 
  • Xerxes 
  • Napoleone
  • Haydar 

Lion Names for Female Cats 

Lion names for girl cats tend to be beautiful, but bold. Give your sassy kitty one of these names fit for the queen of the pride.

  • Loni
  • Savannah 
  • Ariela 
  • Nalea 
  • Duchess
  • Queen
  • Bathsheba 
  • Cleopatra 
  • Aaliyah 
  • Elsa
  • Zarina
  • Amani 
  • Zuri 
  • Sabrina 
  • Lelie 
  • Neliah 
  • Shera 
  • Sikara
  • Huntress
  • Venus 
  • Lioness 

Famous Cinema Lion Names for Cats

The cinema is full of famous lions with unmistakable names. Maybe your favorite movie features one of these famous felines or you were a big fan as a child. If your cat is the star of the show around your home, a lion name from a movie or show may be the perfect fit. Here are some great lion names from cinema to consider.

  • Simba 
  • Nala
  • Mufasa
  • Scar
  • Sarabi
  • Zuba
  • Alex
  • Aslan
  • Makunga
  • Prince John 
  • Jasmine 
  • Kimba 
  • Samson  
  • Reginald 

Funny Lion Names for Cats

Is your cat always goofing around? Do they make you laugh on a daily basis? Perhaps your curious cat has the courage of a lion, but that courage puts them in hilarious situations. A funny lion name may be the perfect choice to showcase your brave little class clown! Here are some funny lion names to consider.

  • The Cowardly Lion
  • Lippy the Lion 
  • Roary 
  • Mane 
  • Little Lion Paws 
  • King of the Couch (King for short)

A to Z Lion Names for Cats 

A-H

  • Aaliyah 
  • Alex
  • Amani 
  • Apollo
  • Ariela 
  • Asad
  • Aslan
  • Bathsheba 
  • Cleopatra 
  • Duchess
  • Elsa
  • Fang
  • Hafsah
  • Haydar 
  • Hugo
  • Huntress

I-L

  • Inesh 
  • Jabari 
  • Jasmine 
  • Jungle 
  • Kali 
  • Kamili
  • Karoo
  • Kazi
  • Kesar
  • Kimba 
  • King of the Couch (King for short)
  • Kodjo
  • Kya 
  • Lelie
  • Leo 
  • Leonardo
  • Leonie 
  • Levent 
  • Lionel 
  • Lioness 
  • Lippy the Lion 
  • Little Lion Paws 
  • Loni

M-S

  • Makunga
  • Mane 
  • Mara
  • Morocco
  • Mufasa
  • Nala
  • Nalea 
  • Napoleone
  • Neliah 
  • Prince John 
  • Queen
  • Reginald 
  • Roary 
  • Sabal 
  • Sabrina 
  • Sahar
  • Samson  
  • Sarabi
  • Savannah 
  • Scar
  • Sebastian 
  • Shera 
  • Shishi 
  • Sikara
  • Simba

T-Z

  • Tatu 
  • The Cowardly Lion
  • Uma 
  • Unika 
  • Venus 
  • Xerxes 
  • Zalika 
  • Zarina
  • Zeus
  • Zuba
  • Zuri

More Cat Names to Consider

If you haven't found the right name for your cat among these lion names, there are more options to consider. You might find just the right name in one of these articles:

  • Funny Names for Cats
  • Unisex Cat Names
  • Orange Cat Names
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