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What does Mahalia mean?

Mahalia Pronunciation of Mahalia [ma-halia] as a girls' 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.

Associated with: tender (gentle), biblical, 19th century.


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

Creative forms:
(female) Mahael, Mahale, ..

(male) Mahale, Mahalo, ..

Middle name pairings:
Mahalia Alora (M.A.), ..

How popular is Mahalia?

Mahalia is a somewhat prominent first name for females (#4131 out of 4276, Top 97%) but an unusual surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Mahalia entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its peak rank of #1298 in the U.S. then, but is not listed at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mahalia name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Mahala is the only other prominent variation form of Mahalia listed in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Mahalia was widespread during 1880-1889 (average #914), but now, the version Mahala has become somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mahalia, Mahala in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Mahalia is pronounced similarly to Mahalya, Mihaela, Mihaila, Mihalia, Mihaliya and Mohala. Other suggested similar names are Athalia, Caralia, Chalia, Dahlia, Macaria, Mafalda, Magali, Magalie, Maillie, Makaria, Mala, Malea, Maleia, Mali, Malia, Mallie, Maralin, Maralina, Meelia, Melia, Natalia, Nathalia, Shalia, Tahlia and Thalia. These names tend to be less frequently used than Mahalia.

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