Gender: Female Pronunciation: Ma-HAIL-ah Meaning of Mahala: "tender" Origin of Mahala: Hebrew and Arabic

Mahala Origin and Meaning

The name Mahala is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "tender".

An interesting and rhythmic name often heard in the Native American community; in fact,in the Gold Rush era in California and Nevada, it was so common that it became a generic English term for a Native American woman.

The great gospel singer Mahalia Jackson's birth name was actually Mahala, though she grew up being called by her nickname, Halie.

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TaliaCat Says:


My first thought? An exotic tropical drink with rum and fruit in it.

Kibby Says:


One of my friends is a Mahala, we all know what her name is, but we all still accidentally call her Ma-Kay-La.

mrsdots13 Says:


My great-great grandmother was a Cherokee medicine woman, and her name was Mahala. I like this as a middle name, probably not a first name.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


How is that possible? There's no R in it...

AmaliaJane90 Says:


I'd like this name pronounced 'Mah-har-lah'