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Quick Facts on Malia

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Hawaiian
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 335
Simple meaning:
Beloved; or Calm, peaceful

Characteristics of Malia

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Malia

Malia is the Hawaiian equivalent of the Latin Maria (from the Hebrew Miriam and the English Mary). All of the “Mary”-related names originated from the Hebrew Miriam (Miryam), which has several possible meanings. There are a few etymological theories including “rebelliousness”, “sea of bitterness” and “wished for child”. In the Bible, Miryam lived in Egypt; so it is possible her name is Egyptian, stemming from “myr” which means ‘beloved.’ Of course both Miriam and Mary were important Biblical characters which explains the heavy usage of this name throughout the world and in many different languages. Malia is simply the Hawaiian example of Mary. Secondly, Malia could have come from the Hawaiian word “malie” meaning ‘calm, peaceful’.

Popularity of the Name Malia

The Hawaiian name Malia first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in 1977 but was commonly used prior to this date in the state of Hawaii. In fact, Malia has been a top favorite girl’s name in the state of Hawaii for well over 40 years. In 2011, Malia was ranked as the 13th most heavily used female name in our Aloha State. Not quite as popular on the mainland, Malia has nonetheless seen some remarkable growth in recent years. The name acquired currency in 2008 and 2009 thanks to Malia Obama, President Obama’s daughter, who was hoisted into the public eye and brought her darling name to the forefront of the American consciousness. For a couple of years, parents responded and the name shot up in popularity. Plus, the name got a few creative respellings that American parents are so famous for and fond of: Melia, Maliyah, Maleah, and Maliah. Malia is one of those gorgeous sounding Hawaiian names – light and airy; easy and breezy.
Popularity of the Girl Name Malia
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Malia

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Malia

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Malia

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

  • Popular Songs on Malia

    Popular Songs on Malia

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

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Malia

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Malia

    Introducing Princess Malia (G. Clemons) - Princess Malia loves to play pranks much to her dear mother’s dismay. “Why can’t you be more responsible like your brother?!” Her mother would often say. But when her entire family is turned to stone, the mischievous little princess must figure out how to break the curse all on her own! Princess Malia is an old-fashioned fairy tale with a modern twist. It's a funny, uplifting story about believing in yourself that children of all ages will love and enjoy. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Little Malia's Big Poi Idea (Jocelyn Calma) - Little Malia has a big idea. Poi for breakfast, poi for lunch, and poi for dinner too. She can't think of anything better she'd like to eat, so why not her very favorite treat? Will she be tempted by cakes and custard, or steaks and shrimp, or hot dogs with mustard? Peek inside this colorful story and you will see, how Malia loves poi, so that's all she will eat! How long will it last? Only time can tell. Will Malia come out of this poi-eating spell? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Malia & Teacup (Molly Barrow) - Malia has never seen an elephant stampede. She has never experienced scorpions, native rituals, spy plots, pirates or thieves. All that is about to change when too-curious Malia discovers the truth about her father half way around the world. Now hunted and haunted, Malia and her tiny dog, Teacup, race into hilarious and dangerous misadventures in the African jungle. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Malia & Teacup: Out on a Limb (Molly Barrow) - Father said Malia has only three weeks to train tiny Teacup, or else. Suddenly, the poodle disappears! Oh, no, this is trouble! Malia wonders what her stepbrother, Phillip, is hiding under his desk? Will Malia overcome her fears and believe in herself enough to rescue Teacup? Hanging upside down in a tree, Malia unravels the mystery of who dognapped little Teacup and discovers how to outsmart a wild animal with her courage. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Malia and Sasha Obama (Jennifer M. Besel) - Malia and Sasha Obama used to be normal girls who traveled to school on a bus. Today they ride in a motorcade, surrounded by Secret Service agents. Papparazzi snap their pictures wherever they go. There were even dolls created to resemble them. Learn how the Obama girls are handling their newfound fame. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Adventures of Sasha and Malia at the White House (P. Segal) - Living in the White House is a great adventure for young Sasha and Malia…especially when they discover a mysterious, moving bookcase that leads them into a passageway through time! Before they know it, the two curious sisters find themselves back in the time of slavery and faced with a very important challenge. Will they find the courage to help free the slaves and change the course of history forever? Magical, inspiring, and educational, this timeless story will be treasured by children and parents alike. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Malia

    Famous People Named Malia

    Famous People Named Malia - Malia (British singer); Malia Jones (model/surfer); Malia Metella (French Olympic swimmer); Malia Obama (President Obama's daughter); Malia Hosaka (professional wrestler)

  • Children of Famous People Named Malia

    Children of Famous People Named Malia

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Malia - Barack Obama (U.S. President); Michelle Obama (U.S. First Lady)

  • Historic Figures

    Malia - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Malia

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 - Malia

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