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

The name Mahala is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "tender". Mahala and is often added to lists like Cool Girl Names from Ancient Cultures and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Mahala

Mahala "Mahalia" Jackson, American gospel singer
Mahala "Haley" Mullins, American moonshiner

Pop Culture References for the name Mahala

Mahala "Mally" Trenglos (later Gunville), character in Trollope's 1867 short story "Malachi's Cove"


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'