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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Malaya

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Malaya
Formerly, an Asian country on Borneo and the Malay Peninsula, now part of Malaysia.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The region of Malaysia on the Malay Peninsula; shares a land border with Thailand to the north

Sanskrit मलै (malai, “hill”) + उर् (ur, “town”)

  1. The Malay Peninsula.
  2. An independent country in Southeast Asia from 1957 to 1963.

Notable Persons Named Malaya

Malaya Drew is an actress and actor. She has been prominent since 2002. Malaya was given the name Malaya Rivera Drew on February 6th, 1978 in Washington, D.C. Malaya is also known as Drew and Malaya Rivera.


Malaya Watson is a soul music and contemporary r&b singing. She plays Piano, Tuba, Violin, Guitar, Bass drum, Snare drum, and Vocals. Her ongoing career started in 2014. Malaya was given the name Malaya Tina Bandico Watson on September 24th, 1997 in Southfield, Michigan, U.S.


Malaya Lewandowski is a singing, actor, vj (media personality), singer, actress, and vj. She was most prominent from 2007 to present. Malaya was born Malaya Lewandowski on April 13th, 1988 in San Francisco.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Malaya

Oxana was given the name Oxana Oleksandrivna Malaya on November 4th, 1983 in Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR.


How popular is the baby name Malaya in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1977 11 11 0
1978 5 5 0
1979 7 7 0
1981 5 5 0
1982 6 6 0
1984 5 5 0
1988 7 7 0
1989 5 5 0
1990 8 8 0
1991 13 13 0
1992 12 12 0
1993 14 14 0
1994 19 19 0
1995 16 16 0
1996 26 26 0
1997 28 28 0
1998 42 42 0
1999 48 48 0
2000 84 84 0
2001 98 98 0
2002 115 115 0
2003 126 126 0
2004 169 169 0
2005 212 212 0
2006 275 275 0
2007 261 261 0
2008 262 262 0
2009 375 375 0
2010 318 318 0
2011 286 286 0
2012 350 350 0
2013 444 444 0
2014 447 447 0
2015 390 390 0
2016 441 441 0
2017 409 409 0
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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International Interest for Malaya

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Popularity of Malaya as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Malaya

  • How Popular is the name Malaya? Malaya is the 3,635th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Malaya have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,339 babies born with the first name Malaya in the United States. That's more than enough people named Malaya to occupy the territory of Montserrat (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,922 (as of May 12, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Malaya? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1977 when it was given as a first name to 11 new born babies.
  • When was Malaya first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Malaya is Thursday, July 30th, 1903.
  • What year had the most people named Malaya born? The highest recorded use of the first name Malaya was in 2014 with a total of 447 babies.
  • Random Malaya Factoid: According to the 2011 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Malaya is not a popular baby girl's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, only 15 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 2011.
  • Weird things about the name Malaya: Your name in reverse order is Ayalam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aylama. How do you pronounce that?

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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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