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Language Malay: Names And Words

Description:Malay, a language with variants spoken in several South East Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore
Hitparade series:Malaysia

Given names in Malay-speaking countries, i.e. Malaysia, Brunei, Singapur and Indonesia, are heavily influenced by Islam. Nevertheless there are also names of genuine Malay origin in use, and for many Arabic/Islamic names there are variants specific to regions where people speak Malay.

The following name list for the language Malay is a list of such names.

So far most of the candidates for names for my list came from these two pages: Behind the Name: Indonesian Names, Wiktionary: Appendix: Malay given names

However, I did not simply copy those lists, but independently checked each name myself, and furthermore took great care to list only names that are in actual use today, i.e. where I managed to find at least a handful of people on the Internet who carry the given name in question. Because of this rule I dropped names like e.g. Luncai, Tanggang, Perang or Demak from those lists.

Malay is one of the most widely spoken languages on Earth. You can find details about the language e.g. here in Wikipedia. Like the Philippine language of Tagalog Malay is a member of the Austronesian family of languages.

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NameGroupLanguage of OriginLanguages of UseMeaning/Translation or Related WordsUS 2015
JenabZaynabArabicMalay  
JoyahJoyahUnknownMalay  
JuwitaJuwitaUnknownMalay  
KartikaKartikaSanskritMalaythe Pleiades 
KartiniKartiniUnknownMalay  
KasihKasihMalayMalaylove 
KatijahKhadijaArabicMalaypremature child 
KechikKechikMalayMalaysmall, little 
KefliKefliArabicMalay  
KembangKembangMalayMalayflower, blossom 
KhalishKhalishUnknownMalay  
KhatijahKhadijaArabicMalaypremature child 
KifliKefliArabicMalay  
KuntumKuntumMalayMalayflower bud 
LatipahLatif/LatifaArabicMalaygentle, kind 
LemanSolomon/SalomeHebrewMalaythe peaceful 
LestariLestariMalayMalayeternal, abiding 
LokmanLuqmanArabicMalay, Turkish  
LukmanLuqmanArabicMalay  
MadMuhammadArabicMalaythe praiseworthy 
MahsuriMahsuriMalayMalaygreat queen 
MamatMuhammadArabicMalaythe praiseworthy 
Mas AyuMasayuMalayMalayWords: gold / gold / pretty, beautiful 
MasayuMasayuMalayMalayWords: gold / gold / pretty, beautiful 
MastiniMastiniUnknownMalay  
MatMuhammadArabicMalaythe praiseworthy 
MawarMawarMalayMalayrose 
MayangMayangMalayMalaypalm blossom 
MegaMegaSanskritMalaycloud 
MegatMegatMalayMalayWords: great 
MelatiMelatiSanskritMalayjasmine 
MelorMelurMalayMalayjasmine 
MelurMelurMalayMalayjasmine 
MikhailMichael/MichaelaHebrewMalayWho is like God? 
MinahAmin/AminaArabicMalaythe truthful, the trustworthy 
MudaMudaMalayMalayyoung 
MunahMa├»mounaArabicMalaymaybe favoured by destiny 
MurniMurniMalayMalaypure 
NilamNilamSanskritMalaysapphire 
NirmalaNirmalaSanskritMalaypure, clean 
NohNoahHebrewMalayWords: rest 
NorNur/Nur/NuraArabicMalaylight 
NurinNur/Nur/NuraArabicMalaylight 
NurulNur/Nur/NuraArabicMalay, Arabiclight 
OmarUmarArabicMalay, Arabicflourishing, long-living#217
OsmanOsmanArabicMalay, Turkishbustard fledgling 
PanjangPanjangMalayMalayWords: long 
PertiwiPertiwiSanskritMalayEarth 
PerwiraPerwiraSanskritMalayhero, officer 
PurnamaPurnamaSanskritMalayfull moon 
PuspaPuspaSanskritMalayflower 
PuspawatiPuspawatiMalayMalayfemale flower 
PuteraPuteraSanskritMalayprince; son 
PuteriPuteriSanskritMalaydaughter; princess 
PutraPuteraSanskritMalayprince; son 
PutriPuteriSanskritMalaydaughter; princess 
QaisaraQaisaraUnknownMalay  
QalishaQalishaUnknownMalay  
RaihanaRaihanaArabicMalay, Arabicmaybe sweet basil 
RayyanRayanArabicMalay, Arabicmaybe beautiful 
RizqiRizqiUnknownMalay  
SabtuSabtuArabicMalaySaturday 
SamritaSamritaUnknownMalay, Indian  
SariSariSanskritMalayessence 
SelasaSelasaArabicMalayTuesday 
SeninSeninArabicMalayMonday 
SepiahSafiyaArabicMalay  
SeriSeriSanskritMalaysplendor, brightness 
SetiawanSetiawanSanskritMalayfaithful, loyal 
ShuibShoaibArabicMalay  
SintaSitaSanskritMalayfurrow 
SitiSitiUnknownMalay  
SlametSlametArabicMalaypeace, security 
SriSeriSanskritMalaysplendor, brightness 
SuibShoaibArabicMalay  
SulungSulungMalayMalayfirst, eldest 
SuriaSuriaSanskritMalaysun 
SurianiSurianiUnknownMalayWords: sun 
SuriawatiSuriawatiMalayMalayfemale sun 
SurintanSurintanMalayMalayWords: queen / diamond 
TembamTembamMalayMalaychubby 
TempawanTempawanUnknownMalayWords: forge, weld 
TenukTenukMalayMalayTapir 
TerataiTerataiMalayMalaylotus, water lily 
TerunaTerunaSanskritMalayyouthful 
ThaqifThaqifArabicMalay  
TijahKhadijaArabicMalaypremature child 
TipahLatif/LatifaArabicMalaygentle, kind 
TuahTuahMalayMalayluck, fortune 
UdaUdaUnknownMalay  
UjangUjangMalayMalay  
UsopJoseph/JosephaHebrewMalayHe (God) will add 
WatiWatiMalayMalayfemale 
WiraWiraSanskritMalayhero 
YaakobJacob/Jacqueline/JakobaHebrewMalayYahweh may protect; holder of the heel; supplanter 
YahayaJohn/JohannaHebrewMalayYahweh is gracious 
YatiYatiUnknownMalay  
YunosJonahHebrewMalaythe dove 
ZafranZafranOld PersianMalaysaffron 
ZakariaZacharyHebrewEnglish, MalayYahweh remembers 
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