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What do you think of Mahalia?

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Monica101 Fri 26-Feb-16 23:31:32

Pronounced Ma hay lee a.

I have being thinking of it for ages, I have decided I really like it after thinking it was a bit too quirky at one point.

Any opinions on it gratefully received thanks.

EssentialHummus Fri 26-Feb-16 23:35:34

I've never heard it before. Sounds "generically foreign" to me (sorry, that sounds twattish, not meant as such). It's very easily pronounced and sounds soft/pretty, I think.

gamerchick Fri 26-Feb-16 23:35:45

A witch in dying light?

KP86 Fri 26-Feb-16 23:36:32

I know one. Now as a late teen she's known mostly as Hayley.

It's a pretty name, but very usual and she will spend a lot of time repeating and spelling it.

MissTessmacher Fri 26-Feb-16 23:37:18

It sounds like an African country crossed with a disease.

manicinsomniac Fri 26-Feb-16 23:48:01

I liked it when I read it but I was pronouncing it Mu-harr-lee-a.

I don't like Ma-hay-lee-a

I'm not sure why I feel differently - I think perhaps it sounds like 'behaviour' to me somehow. Or maybe because it sounds like Michaela gone wrong? I don't know but I'm just not keen.

Anomite Fri 26-Feb-16 23:51:16

I'm sorry but I think this as above;

**It sounds like an African country crossed with a disease.

Monica101 Fri 26-Feb-16 23:52:17

Thanks for the views!

Google tells me it's a Hebrew name but I know what you mean, it sounds a bit unplaceable.

Is 'dying light' a game? I've just googled it... Things like this are a worry. Like using Elsa pre frozen or Hermione pre Harry Potter. Is this game going to be v famous?

originalmavis Fri 26-Feb-16 23:59:22


StealthPolarBear Sat 27-Feb-16 00:02:46

I don't know but if I had another daughter I'd seriously consider malala, which sounds similar.

Helenluvsrob Sat 27-Feb-16 00:11:22

You lot are ... Well...

Have you never heard of mahalia Jackson ?

An amazing lady to be named after.

steppemum Sat 27-Feb-16 00:13:33

I know one, she is 8.

He family are half German, so I had assumed it was a German name, but maybe not. They pronounce it Ma har lee ar.

It is unusual and takes most people quite a while to remember it. But is lovely on her.

RudeElf Sat 27-Feb-16 00:20:09

Christ people are scummy about names on here. a disease? Thats someone's name!

OP i think its lovely.

and there is no r in it

pieceofpurplesky Sat 27-Feb-16 00:23:48

Gorgeous name. Unusual but not wacky (if you have heard of ms Jackson and her amazing voice)

Sophronia Sat 27-Feb-16 06:57:19

I like it

DaphneWhitethigh Sat 27-Feb-16 07:12:40

Clearly none of you are eighties indie kids otherwise you'd know exactly who she was and how the name is pronounced
Pretty name.

duckduckquack Sat 27-Feb-16 07:20:00

Love it but have only ever heard it pronounced 'Ma-ha-lee-ah'

IdaShaggim Sat 27-Feb-16 07:22:52

My first thought was Mahalia Jackson also. Lovely name, easily shortened to 'Lia'.

I would pronounce it 'Mah hah lee ah' with a slight emphasis on the second syllable.

crapfatbanana Sat 27-Feb-16 07:32:11

I'm not a huge lover of it, but I do know of Mahalia Jackson - the only time I've ever come across the name.

tomatodizzy Sat 27-Feb-16 07:32:59

Reminds me of Malaria. So I can see why some others have said disease. If it reminds some of an African country then that's fine, possibly Malawi? Lots of people are named after countries. It would be pretty if it wasn't for the Malaria association that I cannot shake, sorry.

lighteningirl Sat 27-Feb-16 07:35:10

I think it's lovely

JennyOnAPlate Sat 27-Feb-16 08:18:55

It's a pretty name but I wouldn't have had a clue how to pronounce it.

originalmavis Sat 27-Feb-16 08:39:10

I always thought it was ma-ha-leeah.

Must dig out my old LPs... I haven't heard her in yonks.

DiamondStuddedFlunkie Sat 27-Feb-16 09:12:31

It sounds a bit like Malia with and 'h' added to make it more yoonique.

Marlie as a nn would be good.

missnatalie Sat 27-Feb-16 09:42:58

i love the name. Its quite popular over here in Australia. I have 2 friends who are kiwis names Mahalia.

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