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What does Mal mean?

Mal Pronunciation of Mal [mal] as a name for girls is of English and Latin origin, and the meaning of Mal is "smooth brow; star of the sea". Mal is a version of Malvina (English). Mal is also a derivative of Mary (Latin).

Associated with: smooth (gentle), star, sea.


Mal has 2 variants: Mel and Moll.

38 more related forms via Malvina, Mary: Mair, Maire, Malia, Mallie, Malva, Malvie, Mame, Mamie, Manon, Manya, Mara, Mare, Maree, Maren, Maria, Marie, Mariel, Marin, Marja, Marje, Marla, Marlo, Marya, Marylu, Masha, Maura, Maure, Mavra, May, Mayme, Mayra, Melva, Mimi, Molly, Morag, Moya, Murial and Poll.

Creative forms:
(female) Maal, Meal, ..

(male) Mamo, Men, ..

Middle name pairings:
Mal Luella (M.L.), ..

How popular is Mal?

Mal is an unusual first name for females but a somewhat prominent surname for both adults and children (#76700 out of 150436, Top 51%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Maria (#109 a year ago), Mary (#124), Molly (#144), Malia (#313), Marie (#564), Mara (#739), Maren (#1113), Mayra (#1275), Marin (#1471), Maura (#1490), May (#1658), Mariel (#1839), Malva, Melva, Mimi, Mallie, Mayme, Malvina, Marla, Marlo, Mamie, Mame and Maree are the prominent alternative forms of Mal (not in Top 2000) listed in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Maure, are uncommon. These relations of Mal were at the height of their popularity a century ago (average #1208) and have become much less conventional since (#1427, 93.2% less usage), with forms like Marlo becoming somewhat dated. Mara is the most trendy girl name in this compilation. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Malia, Mallie, Malvina, Mame, Mamie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mara, Maree, Maren, Maria, Marie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mariel, Marin, Marla, Marlo, Mary in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maura, May, Mayme, Mayra, Melva in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mimi, Molly in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Malva, Maria, Mary, Molly outside U.S.

Similar Names

Mal is alike in pronunciation to Maelle and Mille. Other suggested similar names are Cal, Gal, Lal, Mab, Mae, Mag, Mai, Maj, Mala, Mali, Mat, Max, Sal, Tal and Val. These names tend to be more frequently used than Mal.

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