Gender: Female Pronunciation: ma-LA-la Meaning of Malala: "sad, grieved" Origin of Malala: Pashto

Malala Origin and Meaning

The name Malala is a girl's name meaning "sad, grieved".

This name has a hauntingly appropriate meaning for its most famous bearer, Pakistani women and children's right activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousefzai. The name itself is derived from the more traditional Malalai, which was the name of a 19th century female Afghan freedom fighter. If you're looking for a soft sounding female name that packs a punch in history and in meaning, Malala is definitely a strong contender.

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Ruanne Says:


Yes, but it also historically often followed the death of one parent or another, with the lack of modern medicine and poor protection from natural disasters and wars, etc. I can see a lot of ancient parents naming a new child something to mark their grief. As the child grew, the pain faded, at least.

roseofjune Says:


I wonder why some names have meanings like "sad; grieved" or "bitter" (like Mary). Why is that? Isn't a birth usually coupled with some joy or at least some form of blessing imparted in the meaning?