Origin of the name MAHALIA.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name MAHALIA.
(1) an elaborated form of Native American Mahala
(q.v.), a Digger Indian title of respect for women.
(2) from the Malagasy word mahalia,
meaning "able," from maha, from mahay, denoting ability or
power. (A New Malagasy-English Dictionary, Richardson,
Jackson (d. 1972), was an African-American gospel singer. Mahalia
Barnes, an Australian singer and songwriter. (Wiki)