Display Menu Name using wp_nav_menu

The question:

I have a custom menu that I can call just fine using wp_nav_menu. Is there a way to have the menu name displayed inside an h3 tag before the menu?


<h3>My Menu Name</h3>
<li>Menu Item 1</li>
<li>Menu Item 2</li>

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

If you know the menu’s slug, then things are easier, otherwise you can use this function to get the menu at a specified location.

function wpse45700_get_menu_by_location( $location ) {
    if( empty($location) ) return false;

    $locations = get_nav_menu_locations();
    if( ! isset( $locations[$location] ) ) return false;

    $menu_obj = get_term( $locations[$location], 'nav_menu' );

    return $menu_obj;


//if you after the menu the menu with a specific ID / Slug
//$menu_obj =wp_get_nav_menu_object($id_slug_or_name); 

//if you after the menu at a specific location
$menu_obj = wpse45700_get_menu_by_location($location); 

echo "<h3>".esc_html($menu_obj->name)."</h3>";
//Display menu here

Or, rather than echo the html, you could pass it as part of the the argument for the items attribute in wp_nav_menu.

For example, to display the menu at location ‘primary’:

$location = 'primary';
$menu_obj = wpse45700_get_menu_by_location($location ); 
wp_nav_menu( array('theme_location' => $location, 'items_wrap'=> '<h3>'.esc_html($menu_obj->name).'</h3><ul id="%1$s" class="%2$s">%3$s</ul>') ); 

Method 2

replace the id 4 below with the id of your menu. if you don’t know the id go into the menus page of the admin, right click on the tab of the menu you want to echo the title for, inspect elemenent and the id will be listed as menu=ID in the link.

$_menu_object = wp_get_nav_menu_object( 4 );
$nav_menu_selected_title = $_menu_object->name;
echo $nav_menu_selected_title;

Method 3

stephen’s answer is good. but i put it one step further:

$location = 'footer_navigation3';
if (has_nav_menu($location)) :
    $menu_obj = get_menu_by_location($location); 
    wp_nav_menu( array( 
        'theme_location'  => $location,
        'items_wrap'=> '<strong>'.esc_html($menu_obj->name).'</strong><ul id="%1$s" class="%2$s">%3$s</ul>'

assuming you have a registered a theme location called “footer_navigation3” and assigned a wp menu to that.
now place this code where ever you want to display your menu.

All methods was sourced from stackoverflow.com or stackexchange.com, is licensed under cc by-sa 2.5, cc by-sa 3.0 and cc by-sa 4.0

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