Origin: Scottish, Bulgarian, Serbian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Romanian, Greek, Inuit
Meaning: a diminutive of Scottish Malcolmina, the feminine form of Malcolm meaning “disciple of Saint Columba”.
Malina is also a Slavic name meaning “raspberry”.
Mălina is also a Romanian name, deriving from the Romanian word mălin meaning “bird cherry tree”.
It could also be an elaborate form of Scandanivian Malin, a short form of Magdalene meaning “of Magdala”. It could also be derived from Hebrew migdal meaning “tower” from a root meaning “high”.
Malina could also be a variant spelling of Greek Melina meaning “honey”.
Malina is also a figure in Inuit mythology (the practices and spiritual beliefs of the Inuit, an indigenous people from Alaska, Canada, and Greenland). Malina was a sun goddess and her brother Anningan is the moon god. Legend has it that the two got into an argument, she spread black grease on his face, and ran away eventually becoming the sun goddess ( there’s a darker version of the story in which Anningan rapes his sister and she ran away to get away from him). Anningan chases after her, becoming the moon god. So intent is he on chasing after Malina that he forgets to eat and starves, becoming thinner and thinner until he disappears to eat. It’s said that when he finally catches up with her it causes a solar eclipse.