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What does Mala mean?

Mala Pronunciation of Mala [mala] as a name for girls is of Hebrew and English derivation, and the meaning of the name Mala is "woman from Magdala; the fifth month". Mala is an alternate form of Madeline (Hebrew): version of Madeleine. Mala is also a form of May (English).


Mala has 1 variant: Maelee.

30 more alternative forms via Madeline, May: Lena, Lina, Mada, Maddy, Madel, Madella, Madena, Madge, Madina, Madlen, Madlin, Madlyn, Mady, Madzia, Mae, Magda, Magdala, Maia, Maj, Malena, Malina, Marleah, Marlen, Marlena, Maud, Maude, Maya, Mayana, Maye and Mei.

Creative forms:
(female) Magla, Matla, ..

(male) Madad, Mamar, ..

Middle name pairings:
Mala Micah (M.M.), ..

How popular is Mala?

Mala is an unusual first name for women but a somewhat prominent surname for both adults and children (#77222 out of 150436, Top 51%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Maya (#69 last year), Madeline (#90), Lena (#272), Maia (#556), Mae (#589), Lina (#857), Malina (#1538), May (#1658), Malena (#1997), Maude, Maye, Madlyn, Maud, Marlena, Mada, Madge, Marlen and Magda are the prominent related forms of Mala (not in Top 2000) listed in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Mei, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Mala was widespread a century ago (adoption of 1.85%) and is now much diminished (adoption 0.7%, 62% less). Madeline is more familiar than the rest, though Maya is now more regularly used, while forms such as Lena have lost favor. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lena, Lina, Mada, Madeline, Madge in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Madlyn, Mae, Magda, Maia, Malena in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Malina, Marlen, Marlena, Maud, Maude in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of May, Maya, Maye in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lena, Lina, Madeline, Maya outside U.S.

Similar Names

Mala is alike in pronunciation to Malea, Maleah, Maleia, Mali, Malia, Mallie, Mally, Meelia, Mela, Melia, Mella, Melli, Melly, Melya, Mila, Milla, Milli, Milly, Molli, Molly and Myla. Other recommended names are Alala, Alla, Arla, Ayla, Baila, Byla, Caila, Cala, Erla, Eula, Gala, Gila, Hala, Ila, Illa, Iola, Jola, Kaila, Kala, Karla, Lala, Lula, Macy, Maeja, Mahala, Maja, Mal, Malka, Malva, Mara, Marga, Marla, Mart, Mata, Maura, Maysa, Meda, Mel, Melba, Merla, Meya, Moana, Mohala, Moja, Moll, Mora, Paola, Raula, Rayla, Tola, Tula, Tyla, Ula and Vala. These names tend to be more commonly used than Mala.

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