Malina is a Slavic female name derived from the word meaning “raspberry”, though it can also be used as a diminutive form of Malcolmina, the Scottish feminine form of Malcolm, the anglicized form of Scottish Máel Coluim meaning “servant of St. Columba”, referring to someone who followed Irish abbot and missionary St. Columba who spread Christianity into Scotland. Máel means “servant, devout follower” when combined with a name element (as a word it also means “bald, shaved, tonsured”) combined with given name Coluim, the Gaelic form of Columba, a unisex name derived from Late Roman meaning “dove” which derives from Ancient Greek kolumbáō (dive, plunge headlong).
Spelled Malîna, it’s a Greenlandic female name meaning “the one to follow” made up of Greenlandic malippaa (follow) and the suffix -na, which indicates a given name. Malina could also be a variant form of Malin, the Swedish and Norwegian form of Magdalene, originally a title meaning “of Magdala” in reference to someone who came from the town or village of Magdala, originally located at the Sea of Galilee. Magdala comes from Hebrew migdal meaning “tower”; Malin has also been used as an English diminutive of Mary. Malina could also be considered as a variant spelling of Melina.
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.
Malina is also a Slavic surname originating from the word.
Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Celtic, Hebrew, Greenlandic