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 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).