Mali Family History
Mali Name Meaning
Slovenian: nickname for a physically small man from mali the definite form of mal ‘small little’ (see Mal ). Compare Maley 3 Mallie 1 and Mally Albanian: from the personal name Mal (definite form Mali) from mal ‘mountain’ and probably also a topographic name based on this word (definite form mali). Indian (mainly northern states): metonymic occupational name from Sanskrit mala ‘garland’. Traditionally bearers of this name were growers of flowers and vegetables.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press