Name Malu Origin, meaning, pronunciation & popularity of the name Malu


Malu is a ♀ girl’s name.

What is the origin of the name Malu?

Malu is originally considered a German short form of Marie-Luise, but is used as an independent name today. In Spain, Malu can be a diminutive of María Luisa or María Lucía and in Portugal of Maria Luísa, Maria Lúcia oder Maria de Lurdes. Malu is a Hawaiian name as well.

What does the name Malu mean?

Malu means “sea of bitterness”, “drop of the sea”, “star of the sea”, “rebelliousness”, “exalted one” and “wished for child” (from Marie, María or Maria), “famous female warrior” (from Luisa, Luísa and Luise) and “light” (from Lucia, Lúcia or Lucía). In Hawaiian, Malu means “peace”.

Variants and middle names

If you want to give your daughter a modern and unusual name today, Malu is a good choice. Especially the multiple meanings like “peace” and “sea star” make the name Malu something very special. In addition to the spelling Malu, there is also the variant Malou. Malu Savannah, Malu Emily, Malu Amy, Malu Kristen or Malu Naomi can be given as second names.

Famous people named Malu

  • María Luisa “Malu” Trevejo is also known to the public as Malu. The singer was born in Cuba in 2002 and grew up in Spain. Malu first achieved fame through the app “,” where she regularly uploaded videos. At the age of 14, she was already signed by a music label and has since released her own songs, which have reached over 100 million views on YouTube. Her music genre is Latin pop and her first hit single is named “Luna Llena”. Malu is also very active on Instagram with over 10 million followers.
  • The British-American musician David Byrne named his daughter Malu Byrne. Malu was born in 1989 and is active as an artist. She crafts glass sculptures and jewelry.

Pronunciation of Malu

Variants of the name Malu


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Popularity of the name Malu

The name Malu is ranked #717 overall.

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