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Gender: Female Pronunciation: muh-LAY-ah Meaning of Malaya: "free" Origin of Malaya: Filipino Malaya's Popularity in 2017: #701

The name Malaya is a girl's name of Filipino origin meaning "free". Malaya is ranked #701 on our popularity charts and is often added to user-created lists like Unusual and On-Trend and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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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Pop Culture References for the name Malaya

Malaya Pineda, a character from "Code Black" played by Melanie Chandra

Malea, Malayah, Malayaa, Malayna, Maleah