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When Barack and Michelle Obama had their first daughter in 1998, they gave her the Hawaiian baby name Malia. But even if you’re not of Hawaiian descent, like President Obama, Malia is a light, breezy name to give your baby girl. Calling to mind an exotic flower, it’s a soft-sounding variation of Maria and Mary, pronounced mah-LEE-ah. Though the name has been popular in the Aloha State for over four decades, the former first daughter has given the name far more national and international exposure.
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