Gender: Female Pronunciation: muh-LAY-ah Meaning of Malaya: "free" Origin of Malaya: Filipino Malaya's Popularity in 2019: #671

Malaya Origin and Meaning

The name Malaya is a girl's name of Filipino origin meaning "free".

Deriving from the same East Asian root as Malaysia and Malay, Malaya is a name that recalls the more popular Maya and the name of 2014 Nobel Peace Laureate Malala Yousafzai. It first appeared in the US Top 1000 in 2006.

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Rank in US: #671

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Pop Culture References for the name Malaya

Malayah, Maleah, Malayaa, Malayna, Malea


fearlessfirefly Says:


I really like this name. I prefer the Maleia spelling though.

RescuePuPs234 Says:


I know someone with this name, but she pronounces it as MA-lay-uh

Siggen Says:


Who cares about swahili ? Nice name

andrealarsen1 Says:


We LOVED this name and were going to choose it for our quarter filipino girl but then found out it means "b**ch" and "whore" in Swahili!!! :-(

Britt/Bratt Says:


On the show Code Black, the character pronounces it Muh-ly-uh, but I've heard this pronunciation too.

Nozomi Says:


Reminds me of the Himalayas

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