Malina is a Swedish diminutive of the names Madeleine or Magdalena. In Greenlandic mythology or Inuit religiom, Malina is the goddess of the sun and the sister of the lunar deity Anningan. Besides, Malina is a Slavic name.
What does the name Malina mean?
Malina means “of Magdala” (from Madeleine and Magdalena) and “raspberry” (from Proto-Slavic “*malìna”). In Greenlandic, Malina can mean “sun goddess”.
Variants of Malina
With meanings like “raspberry” and “sun goddess,” Malina is a really cute girl’s name. Less common is the spelling Malyna. As a nickname, in addition to Lily, Mali, Malia and Mala, Lina can also be given. Malina is a very melodious name that can be well complemented with a suitable middle name. Possibilities for this would be: Malina Joleen, Malina Amalia, Malina Ella, Malina Emily or Malina Holly.
Famous women with the name Malina
A well-known Malina is the American actress Malina Weissmann. She was born in 2003 and entered show business as a child actress. Some of her roles include the young version of Megan Fox in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (2014), the young version of Kara Zoo-El in “Supergirl” (2015 - 2017) and the role of Violet Baudelaire in the Netflix series “A series of unfortunate events” (2017 - 2019) alongside Neil Patrick Harris. Malina is also active as a child model.
Another actress named Malina is Karen Malina White (born 1964). She is mostly known for her role on “The Cosby Show” (1990 - 1992) and the portrayal of her character Kaneesha Carter in the drama movie “Lean on me” (1989).
An example for Malina as a last name is Joshua Malina (born 1966). He was born to a Jewish family in New York City, where he started his career as a theatre actor. Later on, roles in movies and shows followed. One of the most famous roles might be as University President Siebert in “The Big Bang Theory” from 2011 until 2019 alongside Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco. He also appeared in numerous crime shows, such as “CSI:Miami” (2011).