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Updated January 25, 2024

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Scandinavian : Woman from Magdela
  • French : Without good fortune
  • German : Army counselor

Girl name variations

Boy name origins & meanings

  • English : Strong, little warrior, rowdy

Boy name variations

How Popular Is The Name Malin

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : from the medieval female personal name Malin, a diminutive of Mall.
  • French and Dutch : from the Germanic personal name Madalin, a short form of compound names with the initial element madal ‘council’.
  • Serbian : patronymic from maly, Serbian mali ‘small’; compare Maly.
  • Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) : metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Male (a back-formation from Malka as if it contained the Slavic diminutive suffix -ke) + the Slavic metronymic suffix -in.
  • Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) : habitational name from Malin, a place in Ukraine.

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