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Malaysia

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Quick Facts on Malaysia

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 479
Pronunciation:
mə-LAY-zhə
Simple meaning:
Land of mountains

Characteristics of Malaysia

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Malaysia

Malaysia is a geographical place name turned girl’s name (used almost exclusively in the United States). A Southeast Asian country, Malaysia is located at the bottom of a peninsula it shares with Thailand and also shares an island region with Borneo and Brunei (around Indonesia). The nation is a federal constitutional monarchy with just shy of 30 million citizens (most of who live on the Peninsula); the capital city is Kuala Lumpur. Once a territory of Great Britain, Malaysia gained its independence in the mid 20th century and has since established a government and legal system modeled closely after England. The state religion is Sunni Islam. The actual name Malaysia (Melayu) is said to come from a Sanskrit word meaning “land of mountains” coined by early medieval Indian traders referring to the Titiwangsa Mountain range of the Malaysian Peninsula which cuts between the west and east coastal lands. However, the term Malaysia did not officially become the country’s name until 1963. The earliest inhabitants of Malaysia were probably transplants from the African continent, but in the first century A.D. the ancient Indians and Chinese arrived and set up settlements (bringing with them a diversity of culture and religious beliefs). Islam would spread in the 14th century largely influenced by a converted Islamic prince from modern-day Sumatra who established a successful Sultanate on the Malaysian Peninsula. Rich in natural resources, regions of the Malaysian Peninsula became a target of greedy interest for European powers – first conquered by Portugal in the 16th century, later taken over by the Dutch in the 17th century and finally coming into the hands of Great Britain in the early 19th century. Since its independence achieved a couple decades post-WWII, Malaysia has moved from an agricultural based economy to an urbanized manufacturing one and has enjoyed overall economic success over the years. The nation is not without its problems however: Malaysia has a history of ethnic division and racial discrimination particularly against the sizable Chinese population. In any case, usage of Malaysia as a female given name is new and follows a naming trend geared around exotic place names as forenames (e.g., Asia, India, Kenya).

Popularity of the Name Malaysia

Malaysia is brand new to the U.S. female naming charts only first appearing in 2011. Malaysia is still too fresh into circulation to assess her potential staying power on the list but we keep finding more and more country names as baby first names (think: Egypt, India, Ireland, Israel, Kenya, Morocco, Zaire, even America is on the list). Malaysia is an exotic sounding three-syllable name that has a pretty ring to it. The name is also ranked very low on the charts (position #971 in 2011) which means it’s a rare, original name choice. Perhaps American parents are just looking for a new and different place name for their daughters or perhaps the country has some special significance for them in life – either way Malaysia somehow works as a girl’s name (unlike other Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Laos or Vietnam - wouldn't you agree?).
Popularity of the Girl Name Malaysia
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Malaysia

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Malaysia

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Malaysia

    Malaysia We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Malaysia.

  • Popular Songs on Malaysia

    Popular Songs on Malaysia

    Malaysia - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Malaysia.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Malaysia

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Malaysia

    Malaysian Children's Favourite Stories (Kay Lyons) - Retold for an international audience, the beautifully illustrated legends in this book will give children in other countries an insight into both the traditional culture and the environment of Malaysia. The country's rich tropical scenery provides the perfect backdrop for these tales, many of which incorporate the indigenous plant and animal life into their story lines. Though the book is aimed at children in the five to twelve age group, readers young and old will find much to love within its pages. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    The Adventures of Mouse Deer: Tales of Indonesia and Malaysia (Aaron Shepard) - "I'm quick and smart as I can be. Try and try, but you can't catch me!" Mouse Deer sings his song as he walks through the forest looking for tasty fruits and roots and shoots. Though he is small, he is not afraid. He knows that many big animals want to eat him -- but first they have to catch him! In these delightful trickster tales from Southeast Asia, find out how Mouse Deer gets the best of his enemies -- Tiger, Crocodile, and the most dangerous animal of all, Farmer! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Timeless Tales of Malaysia (Tutu Dutta) - Timeless Tales of Malaysia features a collection of legendary stories that have etched themselves into the collective consciousness of Malaysians for generations, and doubtless, for generations to come. These stories, painstakingly collected from around Malaysia, are retold here in vivid detail and accompanied by magical illustrations from the author herself. Enjoy reading The Tanjung Blossom Faerie, Seri Nara s Choice, Sembilang of The Padi Fields and others. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Malaysia

    Famous People Named Malaysia

    Famous People Named Malaysia - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Malaysia.

  • Children of Famous People Named Malaysia

    Children of Famous People Named Malaysia

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Malaysia - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Malaysia.

  • Historic Figures

    Malaysia - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Malaysia - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Malaysia.

Personality of the Girl Name Malaysia

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Malaysia

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