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Swahili name meanings and other facts

Just some stuff I found out.

perfectpureblood :

I was interested to find out what the Lion King names mean, I did after looking through books and the internet, I also found out some other cool facts.

Simba means lion

Nala means gift

Sarabi mean mirage

Kopa (Simab's son in a book series) means heart

Rafiki means friend

Pumbaa means stunned or slow wittied

Shenzi means savage

Banzai means skulk or lurk

Kovu means scar

Zira means hate (Originaly she was going to be called Bianca!)

Nuka means stink

Vitani was originally going to be called Shetani which means devil.

All other names are real Swahili names.

Rafiki's song 'Asante sana, squash banana, we we nuga, mi mi apana' means 'thank you very much, squash banana, your a baboon and i'm not'

Some original Lion King characters were a lion cub named 'Mee-Too' a fox and a Rhino. Sarafina was also more of an important character having more lines.

Simba's great grandfather is named 'Mohatu'

The lyrics in Hakuna Matata are 'when I was a young warthog' but originaly they were going to be 'when I was a young Meerkat'


There you go.

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September 25, 2013
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Just to point out-

The actual lyrics are 'Asante sana squash banana, wewe nugu, mimi hapana'

Wewe and mimi are not 'we we' and 'mi mi'

Hapana, not apana

The literal meaning is 'Thanks much squash banana, you baboon, me there is not'

Nala does not mean gift, for heaven's sake. Gift is 'zawadi'. Nala means beloved

The Swahili word for devil is Satani, not Shetani

And actually, Howlra, taka means want. Kiara means nothing in Swahili

-speaking as a Swahili student living in Africa for six years

January 15, 2013
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I didn't find anyghing about Kiara, but Kihara meens Diarrhea in Swahili, I'm just saying!

November 25, 2012
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Simba actually means "Power"

August 09, 2012
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Kiara in Swahili means 'Feet'

August 09, 2012
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Kiara in Italian and Irish (which I am both) means Bright.

July 18, 2012
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actually, Pumbaa means thoughtless. not being rude, just sayin'.;)

October 29, 2011
Usa Is not currently on the site
actually,vitani means battle,kopa means borrow,taka means to,ahadi means promise,uru means diamonds,pumbaa means thoughtless,kiara means partridge,shenzi means barbrous,tama means lust,and tojo means incision

October 18, 2011
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a few things i want to say-
1.im not perfectly sure about this but i believe Vita means 'war' and Ni means 'I am' Put them together and the word is Vitani. So, Vitani's name means 'I am war'
2. If you listen closely to the characters in SP they might call Vitani by her original name, Shetani. I haven't heard this so far so I can't give you any tips on where to listen for it. You'll have to find it on your own.
3. in the original script, there were no Outsiders. Just Zira, known as Binaci at the time, Kovu, who at the time was Scar's son, and the three hyenas. It was changed for various reasons, some of them VERY obvious.

September 25, 2011
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Cool article, I always knew the names but I never knew the words in Rafiki's song. I assumed it would be something funny lol

Actually Vitani means "War God", but she was originaly called "Shetani" which does mean satan.
(Disney said that they thought it might seem too dark to name a kid satan and that it would start a lot of trouble with the viewers)

July 01, 2011
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"Mu-e-two" and is spelled "Mheetu". Also, you have "Simab". Cool stuff though!

May 14, 2011
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
Wolves are over rated
It's pronounced Me-choo I believe

March 09, 2010
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Alaskan Spirits Omega
Simba means BABY lion

November 17, 2009
Uk Is not currently on the site
kiara's name meens dark in welsh i think

April 25, 2009
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tama mends truely

February 19, 2009
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vitani means ducks! and nala has no meaning in swahili

January 05, 2009
Usa Is not currently on the site
Hey i typed up Nala and Banzi in a Swahili to English translater and it said that they weren't words. Now i'm not doubting you or anything, but what website did you go to?:icon310:

January 05, 2009
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Ya the way they actually did research to actually come up with the characters name's was really kool. It also kinda describes them. :P

July 07, 2008
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No, Nala means gift, pureperfectblood was right. Kiara, i checked on, and it's actually an irish word meaning small or dark. Even Disney admitted, but why an irish name for a lion cub? But Kiara could possibly be a name the Swahili people use, because it's also used as a name in different nations.

October 18, 2007
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Thanks for telling me that! I didn't know all of their
meanings. (i didn't know the hyaenas names meanings)

March 30, 2007
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Great article mate! I learnt stuff

February 26, 2007
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that was a really great artical but whatdoes kiara mean?

February 06, 2007
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Wow!Nice research.

December 09, 2006
Usa Is not currently on the site
VERY nice!!! Thanks for writing this, I earned some things -
Rafiki's Song was always unclear to me, but now I get it!

November 19, 2006
Uk Male Is not currently on the site
Several of the names mean several things

October 14, 2006
Singapore Male Is not currently on the site
Great! Thanx!

August 21, 2006
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Great article!! I love Rafiki's little song! I knew most of the names, I think they are so cool ,but I didn't know Kovu means scar. That was pretty clever:cool:

August 01, 2006
Uk Female Is not currently on the site
cool article though, i've been wanting to learn all of what their names mean.

August 01, 2006
Uk Female Is not currently on the site
yea, sarafina means bright star. but i don't think nala means queen.

July 20, 2006
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yer mum.
Oh, very nice artical! This is one we need! ;) Great job!!

July 16, 2006
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thanks! ive been wanting to know what they ment..though you forgot Sarafina...which, i believe, means "bright star" in swahili...

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