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)
Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Mahalia and related names. Mahala is the only prominent variation form of Mahalia (#unlisted). Adoption of this girl name was at its apex during the years 1880-1889 and has become much less since, with the version Mahala becoming less trendy. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)