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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Malay

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ma*lay"
One of a race of a brown or copper complexion in the Malay Peninsula and the western islands of the Indian Archipelago.
adjective
Of or pertaining to the Malays or their country.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A western subfamily of Western Malayo-Polynesian languages
  2. A member of a people inhabiting the northern Malay Peninsula and Malaysia and parts of the western Malay Archipelago
  3. Of or relating to or characteristic of the people or language of Malaysia and the northern Malay Peninsula and parts of the western Malay Archipelago ("Malay peoples" and "Malayan syllable structure")
Wiktionary

Recorded in English since 1598; from Malay Melayu, from Malayu, a kingdom on Sumatra's eastern coast (today's Jambi), mentioned by the Chinese Monk Yijing as 末羅瑜國 and during the Yuan (1271-1368) and Ming (1368-1644) dynasties as 木剌由 (Bok-la-yu or Mok-la-yu), 麻里予兒 (Ma-li-yu-er), 巫来由 (Wu-lai-yu) and 無来由 (Wu-lai-yu). The oldest known inscriptions in the Malay language were found at Kedukan Bukit and Talang Tuo, both in the vicinity of Palembang in southern Sumatra, and at Kota Kapur on Bangka island west of Sumatra. They are respectively dated 673, 684 and 686. Exonymous derivation from Malayalam മല (mala, “mountain”) has not been demonstrated.

  1. The Malay language, an Austronesian language spoken by most Malay people and in states they dominate.
  2. A person of Malay ancestry, referring to a diverse group of Austronesian peoples inhabiting the Malay archipelago and Malay peninsula in Southeast Asia.
  3. Type of mild curry made with yoghurt and fruit, usually pineapple or lychee.
    She ordered chicken with rice.

Notable Persons Named Malay

Malay is a contemporary r&b, soul music, electro (music), alternative hip hop, hip hop soul, alternative r&b, neo soul, electronic dance music, and pop music record producer, songwriter, and mixing engineer. He plays Guitar, Bass (instrument), Keyboardist, Drum machine, Percussion instrument, and Banjo. He was most prominent from 2004 to 2004.

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Malay Roy Choudhury is a poet, journalist, and writer. Malay was born on October 29th, 1939 in Patna, Bihar, India.

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Malay Ghosh is a in the field of statistician. Malay was born on April 15th, 1944 in Kolkata.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Malay

Malay is a contemporary r&b, soul music, electro (music), alternative hip hop, hip hop soul, alternative r&b, neo soul, electronic dance music, and pop music record producer, songwriter, and mixing engineer. He plays Guitar, Bass (instrument), Keyboardist, Drum machine, Percussion instrument, and Banjo. He was most prominent from 2004 to 2004.

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nadine was born in 18. nadine is also known as remalay.

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Andrey Malay is a soccer player for the FC Ufa, FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, FC Baltika Kaliningrad, FC Torpedo Moscow, FC Saturn Ramenskoye, FC Sodovik Sterlitamak, and FC Terek Grozny. Andrey was born on March 13th, 1973.

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Charlie Malay was a baseball player. Charlie was born on June 13th, 1879 in Brooklyn. He breathed his last breath on September 18th, 1949.

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Joe Malay was a baseball player. Joe was born on October 25th, 1905 in Brooklyn. He breathed his last breath on March 19th, 1989.

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Popularity of Malay as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Malay U.S.
  White 84.25% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 10.98% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.88% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.02% 16.26%

Of Last Name Malay

People with the last name Malay are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Malay

  • How Popular is the name Malay? Malay is the 36,444th most popular name of all time. As a last name Malay was the 33,087th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Malay have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 101 babies born with the first name Malay in the United States. That's more than enough people named Malay to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Malay? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2005 when it was given as a first name to 14 new born babies.
  • When was Malay first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Malay is Monday, December 1st, 1902.
  • What year had the most people named Malay born? The highest recorded use of the first name Malay was in 2007 with a total of 16 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Malay: Your name in reverse order is Yalam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lmaay. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Malay? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 692 people with the last name Malay.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Malay? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Malay as their last name since less than 1 person in 435k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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