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Meaning and name origin

Mahalia \ma-halia, maha-lia\ as a girl's name is pronounced ma-HAL-yah, ma-HAYL-yah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Mahalia is "tender one". Also possibly from an Aramaic name meaning "marrow". Biblical name that was well used in the 19th century. Singer Mahalia Jackson.


Mahalia has 9 variant forms: Mahala, Mahalah, Mahalath, Mahali, Mahalee, Mahaliah, Mahalla, Mahelia and Mehalia.


Mahalia is a somewhat popular first name for females (#4131 out of 4276, Top 97%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Mahalia and its variant forms. The only popular variation form ranked in the Top 1000/100 is Mahala. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Mahala in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mahalia and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Mahalia is also pronounced similarly to Mahalya, Mihalia, Mihaliya and Mohala. Another suggested similar baby name is Malia. These names tend to be less commonly used than Mahalia.