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What does Mali mean?

Mali Pronunciation of Mali [mali] as a name for girls. The name Mali means "rival, eager work". Mali is a variant form of Amelia (Latin, Old German).


Mali has 5 variants: Malia, Meelia, Melia, Millie and Milly.

6 more related forms via Amelia: Amalia, Amalie, Amaly, Delia, Malika and Meline.

Creative forms:
(female) Mami, Marli, ..

(male) Malo, Mami, ..

Middle name pairings:
Mali Celia (M.C.), ..

How popular is Mali?

Mali is a rare given name for women but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#68569 out of 150436, Top 46%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Mali (not in Top 2000) rated in the Top 2000 are Amalia (#828 from recent data), Amalie, Amelia (#12), Delia (#1241), Malia (#313), Malika, Melia (#1667), Millie (#477) and Milly. Other variants, like Amaly, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Mali was more pronounced among parents in 2015 (usage of 0.8%), except for the version Delia which has become less in vogue. Amalia and Amelia are two of the more trendy baby names in this compilation. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Amalia, Amalie, Amelia, Delia, Malia in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Malika, Melia, Millie, Milly in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Amelia, Millie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Mali is alike in pronunciation to Maelee, Maillie, Mala, Malea, Maleah, Maleia, Mallie, Mally, Mela, Mella, Melli, Mellie, Melly, Melya, Mila, Milla, Milli, Molli, Mollie, Molly and Myla. Other recommended names are Ali, Alli, Bali, Cali, Cili, Hali, Ili, Kahli, Kaili, Kali, Kalli, Kayli, Kyli, Lali, Mab, Mable, Maci, Macie, Mady, Mae, Magali, Magli, Mahali, Mai, Maia, Mair, Mairi, Maji, Mal, Malita, Malke, Malori, Malvie, Mansi, Mara, Marci, Mari, Marin, Maris, Marji, Marni, Mary, Mat, Max, Maxi, Mazie, Mei, Mel, Miki, Mimi, Moll, Orali, Pali and Tali. These names tend to be more frequently used than Mali.

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