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This wonderfully balanced first-name has been a top favorite in Hawaii for decades, but has recently become popular in the rest of the United States too. With distinctly Hawaiian origins, either as the local version of Maria, or, more likely, from the Hawaiian word malie, which means ‘calm’ or ‘peaceful’. This is a sophisticated choice, with a hint exotic air for your little girl.

Rank in the year 2015

Malia was ranked #648 in the most popular American names of 2015.

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