The name Malala is a girl's name meaning "sad, grieved". Malala and is often added to user-created lists like Names of Nobel Prize Winners and discussed in our forums with posts like "Imaginary Birth Announcements!".
From the experts:
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.