Hawaiian variation of Mary

Malia Origin and Meaning

The name Malia is a girl's name of Hawaiian origin meaning "bitter".

Malia was made famous by the older daughter of Barack and Michelle Obama, given a Hawaiian name as a nod to President Obama's childhood home state.

Malia can be an original way to make Grandma Mary or Maria's name fresh and modern. Malia's popularity may also have been helped by modern favorite Aaliyah, with which it rhymes.

# 264 in the US

Malia Rank in US Top 1000

# 1375 on Nameberry

Malia Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Malia Popularity

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Famous People Named Malia

  • Malia Ann Obamadaughter of former U.S. president Barack Obama
  • Malia JonesAmerican model and surfer
  • Malia HosakaAmerican pro wrestler
  • Malia Scotch MarmoAmerican screenwriter
  • Malia MetellaFrench Olympic swimmer
  • Lee Maliaguitarist of British metalcore band Bring Me the Horizon

Malia in Pop Culture

  • Malia Tatecharacter on TV's "Teen Wolf"
  • Malia Clarkcharacter in Kristen Ashley's Rock Chick series
  • Malia Fitzpatrickcharacter in the 2012 movie "Won't Back Down"

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