The name Malala is a girl's name meaning "sad, grieved". Malala and is often added to lists like Baby Names That Mean Trouble and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".
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.