[ 3 syll. ma-la-ya, mal-aya ] The baby girl name Malaya is pronounced as Maa-LAA-Yaa- †. Malaya is primarily used in English, Indian, and Hawaiian, and it is of Tagalog origin. Malaya's meaning is free.
Malaya is a Hawaiian form of the African, English, Hawaiian, Spanish, Swahili, and Zuni name Malia.
Another variant of the name is the diminutive form Laya.
Malaya is fairly popular as a baby name for girls. The name has been growing in popularity since the 2000s. Its usage peaked modestly in 2013 with 0.023% of baby girls being named Malaya. It ranked at #632 then. In 2016, its usage was 0.023% and its ranking #663, and it was the 2nd most popular after Malia, among all girl names in its group. In 2016, the name was thrice as popular as Malaya.
Baby names that sound like Malaya include Maelee, Mahala, Mahaleel, Malea, Maleah, Maleia, Malia, Malie, Malila, Maliyah, Manali, Manjuli, Manjulie, Manola, Manoli, Manuel, Melia, Melleney, Miliann, and Minali.
† Pronunciation for Malaya: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; Y as in "you (Y.UW)"