Meaning: a Hebrew name of uncertain meaning, though it has been linked to Mahlah, a unisex name in the Old Testament meaning "weak" or "sick".
It could also be derived from Mahalath, a feminine name meaning "lyre"; in the Old Testament, Mahalath is the daughter of Ishmael and the wife of Esau.
Mahala has also been used as a slang word for a Native American woman, coming from the Spanish word mujer meaning "woman", though I've also seen it listed as a Native American form of Mary although I don't know how too accurate that is.
- Mahalah (unisex)
- Mahlah (unisex)
- Machlah (unisex)