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.