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I love this name. I named my Daughter this but I also respelled it. I spell it Maliah and my husband wants it spelled Maliyah.
-- Anonymous User  4/20/2005
Also spelled Melia.
-- Anonymous User  5/7/2005
Malia is Hawaiian for dolphin.
-- BethanyE  12/20/2005
I don't know where BethanyE and sschilling99 were getting their information, but I'm sorry to say the Hawaiian meanings above are incorrect. Malia is the Hawaiian word for "maybe". (If you don't believe me, go ahead and check it in any Hawaiian-English dictionary. There are several online.) Sschilling99 was thinking of a slightly different word, "mālie", that means "peaceful". I'm not sure what BethanyE had in mind (maybe the word "mahimahi" for "dolphin fish"?), but "nai'a" is the Hawaiian word for "dolphin". The anonymous comment that it means "witch's curse" in Italian is correct, though I suspect that's not the intended meaning of the name, just an unfortunate side effect. For that reason, you probably wouldn't find anyone named Malia in Italy (unless her parents considered her a curse).
-- lucky777  11/13/2014
I've also heard it pronounced molly-ah.
-- Mommy2B  6/2/2006
This is a beautiful name, one of my future daughters. It's pronounced mah-LEE-ah. NOT molly-ah. That's Maleah.
-- Patchy-Macy  7/2/2006
You say Malia like ma-leah. I cannot tell you the many different ways that people try to say my name. It's really annoying. Malia means star of the sea and also calm waters. Not dolphin. And Melia is a flower.
-- snowy757  7/30/2006
Malia is not the Hawaiian form of Mary. It means calm and peaceful.
-- sschilling99  3/16/2007
Malia Obama is one of Barack Obama's daughters.
-- earthnut  1/9/2008
I really like this name now, though it had to grow on me a bit. My niece is named this in honor of her grandmas Marcea and Lisa. The name Malia has such a pretty sound to it. My niece is such a sweet little girl, her name fits her well. Her nicknames are Leah, Mia, May and Ali.
-- mom2zeke  5/18/2008
I have a feeling this name will quickly become more popular, considering that Obama was elected President. Obama has a daughter named Malia.
-- Coffeebean  11/11/2008
It looks like Malaria, not a pretty name.
-- becca_marciano  1/15/2009
My godfather is Hawaiian, so I'm familiar with some of the traditional names, like Kanani, Leilani, and Kalella (not on this site--Hawaiian form of Cheryl, as far as I know). This, however, is my favorite one, and I've only just come across it. It's beautiful, that's the only way I can describe it.
-- erb816  12/15/2009
I can't be the only one who, for the longest time, assumed this name rhymed with words like "Australia" and "regalia." (My second guess would have been that it rhymed with "Somalia.") Is there any valid reason to give your daughter a novelty name whose pronunciation is so ambiguous? Isn't that just an added burden throughout her life?
-- Anonymous User  11/11/2014
"Malia" is the Italian word for a witch's curse. It derives from the Latin word "malus," meaning "evil."
-- Anonymous User  11/11/2014
I can never see the name Malia without thinking of Lamia, the child-eating demon from mythology and literature.
-- Anonymous User  12/6/2014

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