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The first name 

Malani is a female first name. In very rare cases it is also used for boys.

Malani is a common name for girls!

The name Malani isn’t among the current fashionable names in our top 10 stats, but nonetheless, it’s still very popular and common. In our SmartGenius ranking of all girls names, Malani ranks 704. Recently, out of every 10,000 newborn girls, approximately 2 were named Malani. If you polled the whole US population – children, adults and seniors – you’d find less than one in 10,000 to be named Malani.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Malani mean?

The origin and meaning of Malani is not clear. It is probably a variant of Melanie using the element ‘lani’. It stands for ‘sky’ and is found in Hawaiian names such as Leilani and Kalani.

Malani is also... an Indian surname. A noteable wearer is the artist Nalini Malani.

Malani -
special, but at home in many states

You may not know anyone named Malani, but there’s a good chance you live in the same state as someone with that name. In fact, 33 states are home to women and girls named Malani. (To be fair, a given name is only included in a state’s official statistics if there are at least five people with that name living in that state – so it’s entirely possible that there are still a few women and girls named Malani living in one state or another. If your name is Malani and you live outside of the states highlighted on the map, please let us know so we can refine our statistics even further). And while the first name is present in many states, it is still not one of the popular ones. In Florida, which has the most people named Malani relative to the population, you still have to ask 12,245 women and girls their names before you hear Malani as an answer just once.

Malani has 6 letters 
and begins with an M

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter M is a quite popular first letter for girls' names. That’s because 8.5% of all common girls’ names in the US begin with this letter. Only the first letters A and S are more common for girls' names.

With six letters, the name Malani is of average length. In fact, 28% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly six letters. 24% of all first names are shorter, while 48% have seven letters or more. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

Therefore: As 8.5% of all girls' names start with an M, this initial letter occurs nearly 2.5-times as often as all 26 letters on average – and the most common one of all the girls’ names starting with M is Mary.

Other names with 
M, a, l, a, n and i

If you take all the letters in the name Malani – M, a, l, a, n and i – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Mailan or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Malani

If your name is Malani and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Malani

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Malani, you can simply say:







This is how the name Malani is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Malani in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Malani

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Malani is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Malani

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Malani sounds like this: