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What does Malia mean?

Malia \m(a)-lia\ as a girls' name is pronounced ma-LEE-ah. It is of Hawaiian origin, and the meaning of Malia is "perhaps, probably". Variant of Mary. Also a Spanish variant of Maria.


Malia has 3 variants: Malea, Maleah and Maleia.

For more on this name, see also the related girl name Amelia.

Malia has 22 more different forms via Maria, Mary: Mair, Mal, Mallie, Mamie, Manya, Mara, Maria, Mariah, Mariam, Marian, Marie, Marika, Marin, Marita, Marja, Marla, Marya, Masha, Maura, Mavra, Mayra and Mayria.


Malia is a very popular first name for females (#1921 out of 4276, Top 45%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#25591 out of 150436, Top 17%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Malia for girls. Malia entered the list in 1980-1989 and reached its peak position of #191 in the U.S. in the year 2009, and is presently at #345. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Malia name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Malia outside U.S.

Popular related forms of Malia (#345 a year ago) are Amelia (#15 a year ago), Maria (#115), Mary (#120), Mariah (#136), Mariam (#568), Marie (#579), Maleah (#684), Mara (#695), Maura, Mayra, Marla, Marin, Mamie, Mallie, Marian and Marita. Usage of these girl names was at its apex in the year 2000 (usage of 0.3829%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.3378%, down 11.8%), with versions such as Mayra, Marie, Marian, Mallie and Marla becoming somewhat dated. The most trendy birth names in this list are Mariam (#568), Mara (#695), Amelia (#15), Mariah (#136) and Malia (#345), and there is also a rebound in baby name popularity for Amelia and Mariah. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Malia and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Amelia, Maleah, Malia, Mallie, Mamie, Mara, Maria, Mariah, Mariam, Marian in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Marie, Marin, Marita, Marla, Mary, Maura, Mayra in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Amelia, Maria, Mariah, Mariam, Mary outside U.S.

Similar Names

Malia is pronounced similarly to Mala, Mali, Mally, Meelia, Mela, Melia, Mella, Melya, Mila, Milla and Myla. Other suggested similar baby names are Dalia, Galia, Halia, Kalia, Lalia, Mahalia, Mahelia, Maia, Malika, Malina, Malita, Malka, Malkia, Malva, Mehalia, Mihalia, Talia and Zalia. These names tend to be less commonly used than Malia.