What does Mahalia mean?
Mahalia \ma-halia, maha-lia\ 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.
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. Census)
Mahala is the only prominent variation form of Mahalia (#unlisted) listed in the Top 1000. Adoption of these girl names was at its apex during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.472%) and has become much less since, with Mahala becoming less trendy. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Mahalia and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)