What does Mahalia mean?
Also possibly from an Aramaic name meaning "marrow". Biblical name that was well used in the 19th century. Singer Mahalia Jackson.
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. Census)
Mahala is the only prominent variation form of Mahalia (outside Top 1000) listed in the Top 1000. Adoption of this relation of Mahalia was widespread during 1880-1889 (#528) and has become much less since. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Mahalia and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)