I've been told that Mahala is an Indian name also, it was the name of my great grandmother on the side that doesn't claim Indian heritage...I am expecting a baby girl soon and her name is Mahala. Whether or not it's an Indian name, I think it's beautiful! I'm surprised though that anyone not living on a reservation or registered on some Govt roll even bothers posting on this board. Seems all you'll get is rudeness and ridicule from certain folks who think they know everything about everything. As a descendant of the KY Sizemores, I have to feel lucky that I'm considered White, as being Cherokee on this board seems almost to be the same as being a know- it- all, conceited, self righteous, rude person with a superior attitude. I don't care to argue with anyone about rolls and censuses, all I can say is Thank God I'm white and if I do have any Cherokee blood in me, I'll work to supress it, lest I turn out as mean and bitter as some of them on this board! Been reading for a while, never thought I'd post but had to comment on the name Mahala. I've read it in baby name books as meaning "woman" and listed as an "American Indian" name.