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  • Records indicate that 2,820 boys in the United States have been named Mahlon since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1919, when 95 people in the U.S. were given the name Mahlon. Those people are now 97 years old.

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      43 Positive Comments

  • "My grandfather's name was Mahlon Knud , my father was Mahlon Eugene and I am named after my grandfather and I named my first son Mahlon Joseph. The name is Hebrew and in my case Norwegian. When looking up the definition I found the common meaning but also the secondary meaning of "dancing or make merry" this was due to the pronounciation. I pronounce my name Mahlon as (May-lynn) which means dancing or merry. Found the expression from one site right on as my personality. If your named Mahlon consider yourself blessed" Mar. 16, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Mailon. My father;s name was Mayland. Just another way to spell it." Aug. 16, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Mahlon Lucas born 06/06/10 is my baby boy's name. It is a name we wanted to keep in the family. My husband's middle name is Mahlon, his father's middle name is Mahlon, and his grandfather was Mahlon Lucious. We love the name and hope he does too." Apr. 22, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born on November 29, 2010. My father picked my name after reading it on one of those baby name websites. It was rated least popular and my father went for it. My parents wanted a unique and name and they did a good job." Apr. 4, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hey I'm Mahlon Griffin the second. It's nice to read about other (May-lons) for a change" Feb. 23, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Mahlon is my father's name and my middle name. We've always pronounced it Male Lyn. My dad was named after a German farmer friend of the family. People always love the name." Feb. 4, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a 34 yr old male and my name is Mahlon but I flipped we I was a young boy to sound like (Milan, Italy). I didn't identify with name so he had no say in that. So everyone knows me as "Milan". Ladies have always loved my name. My bestfriend of 22 yrs name his son after me and I have a nephew named after me as well. I've always seen "little mighty war-like one and the sickness" but I've never come across "POWERFUL". I also DJ and I have a stage name but I think I'll change it now I've seen this. Love this site and my name!" Jan. 15, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on November 11, 2010. We named him Mahlon Eric after his grandfather who was actually named Eric Mahlon. I love the name Mahlon as it carried on the legacy of my Father as well as satisfying my desire to give my baby a unique name. I was going to try some variations on the spelling but decided to keep it the same to better serve the legacy of my father. It is exciting to see so many positive comments here on the name. I hope that my little boy will be as pleased with his name as many of you have been. We also pronounce it May-lun and have found that many people mispronounce it or just simply ask us how to say it without attempting." Dec. 28, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Mahlon, i was named after a guitarist named Mahlon lucas (look him up,hes dead but cool!) im 14 and often deal with people calling me mulon, mellon, mayo (food) etc. but i just get clever back. im writing from school and have to leave:)bye!" Sep. 28, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names is Mahlon and I am 59 years old. Also pronounced May-lun or as I tell people same as Waylon but turn the W upside down. Mahlon is from the Bible in the the book of Ruth. From Ruth Chapter 1 verse 2: "And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion". My mother told me I was named from the Bible and gave me the info! Take care all you Mahlons out there." Aug. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Mahlon was my maternal uncle's name and we all , the 16 neices and nephews as just another name . My grandmother said she knew it from the Bible , she then named my mother Esther and my aunt Ruth . The eldest was Aldrich ( my grandmother's pre-adoption maiden name , the younger boys were Kenneth and Chester both choosen so all the names would have an "H" in them . Mahlon was pronounced MAH-lin by the family but he was usually called Mahly ." Jun. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just had my little biy on April 28th, 2010!! I named him Mahlon after my Great Grandfather. I love this name for so many reasons, first off my grandfather was a geat man and the name Mahlon means "Powerful" and its a name u dont hear at all these days which is great.:)" May. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Mahlon after my grandfather's and aunt's middle names. I didn't know if she would be a boy or a girl until she came out but decided that Mahlon was beautiful for either one. She is a girl named Mahon. We pronounce it "MAElun" because that is how my family says it and it is a family name but it does look more like "MAWlun". My grandmother sent me a list tracing the name back through our ancestors all the way to the 1300's to a "Sir Mahlon". I am glad to hear of a nicer meaning for the name. All I had heard until now was "sickness", but I like the name so I just ignored that one." May. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Mahlon (pronounced May-lun) and he is five years old now. I have never met another Mahlon...but I loved reading this site with all the Mahlons!! I chose the name because of the meaning that I found on it, which 5 years ago---said it meant rare, gentle, and wise. I since have found SEVERAL different meanings, but I'm sticking to the one I found then! Our family tradition is to name males either Biblical or Saint names, and girls in our family have Cherokee names. Mahlon was a way to keep the unique trend of names going in my family, and I just love the sound and meaning of it." Apr. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Mahlon is my middle name...named after my great-grandfather. I never really liked it when I was younger, but it has a distinctive sound to it and I have grown to use it whenever I give my full name." Mar. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is a family name for me...my father (whom is deceased) was named Jacob Mahlon as well as my grandfather and brother. It's pronounced May-len. I will definetly be using this name for my first born whether it be a girl or a boy. I think it's great and even better that it is unique. Yay for Mahlon's!!! =)" Mar. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mahlon (we prounce in May-lun), and I am a girl. I do encounter mispronounciation issues, but it doesn't really bother me any more... I just get really excited when someone pronounces it right on the first go. :D I was named Mahlon after my grandfather, who has it as a middle name. It was given to him after a man named Mahlon helped his family financially in the early 1900s." Feb. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 10weeks away from giving birth to our son, and his name is already Mahlon. We picked it because we initially liked "Marley" but I wanted a stronger sounding boys name and I think Mahlon fits that well. I can't wait. I love the name." Sep. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Mahlon is the name of my husband. he was born in 1966. his mother and father picked the name from the bible. If we ever have a daughter I intend to pass his name down to her, with a slight variation, her name will be Mahloni!!! he does not like his name, mainly because noone can ever pronounce it correctly. I love his name!" Sep. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Mahlon as well ... the third actually. My father (Jr) actually married my mom whose name is Ruth. Just as it is in the Bible. After Mahlon dies in the Bible she marries Boaz so my dad always said if someone moves in our neighborhood named Boaz we're getting the hell out of here. But i love my name. 24 years of mispronunciations hasn't bothered me one bit and i plan to make my first born son the fourth. Never heard it as a girls name though so that is interesting. Most people that hear my name before they meet me either think im a girl or asian though lol. oh and one more thing ... chicks totally dig it." Sep. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mahlon, and I am a girl. It is pronounced 'Maylen' or 'Maelin,' not as sperate may-lin, but it flows together. Mahlon was my great-grandfather's middle name, and then my became my mother's middle before she named me. Mahlon is also in the bible, under Ruth. Mahlon is one of Naomi's sons who is killed. When I was younger I disliked my name because EVERYONE miss pronounced it! But now I feel original and unique, and when I one day have my own children, I hope I can find a name that is just as special!" Aug. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a family name in my family. As a matter of fact, the person commenting Jul 20, 2008 and saying his father's name is Maylon is probably a relative of mine, since that is how my grandfather's name was spelled (is that you Uncle Jack?)." Jul. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mahlon and I was named after a charachter in the book of Ruth in the Bible. Many people pronounce my name wrong but it is pronounced maylyn." Feb. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think its a very pretty name and I'm pregnant right now... do if i have a girl her name will be Mahlon pronounce "Mah-Lawn"!!!" Feb. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a 48 year old woman and my name is Mahlon(mAlun)...I was named after a tugboat captain who saved my parents lives when they were teenagers in the late 50's. They were boating with a friend off the coast of South Carolina with another friend and the boat sank. They were adrift with only a log for 9 hours.Capt. Mahlon Hudgins came along and saw them in the dark and took them home to our beach house. Mama and Daddy married a few years later. They named their 1st child after him! It was written up in the paper, and I knew Capt. Hudgins (aka "MayMay")as a child. I love my name!!!" Jan. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Mahlon because it's simple, pleasant on the ears and unique. While there are a few individuals with the name they are far and few between, even fewer females with the name. Unfortunately, it is often spoken by unfamilar people as 'Muh-lawn' or 'Mae-lawn'." Dec. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Mahlon because it's simple, pleasant on the ears and unique. While there are a few individuals with the name they are far and few between, even fewer females with the name. Unfortunately, it is often spoken by unfamilar people as 'Muh-lawn' or 'Mae-lawn'." Dec. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My father's name was Mahlon (pronounced may-len), my brother's middle name is Mahlon and my new grandson (born July 30, 2008)is Mahlon. I couldn't be more pleased... with the name or the grandson (and his twein sister!)." Aug. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mahlon and it is pronounced "Muhlawn". And as a girl, I've yet to meet another female named Mahlon. I love my name. It is unique and exteremly different. Not to proud of its meaning or whom it originally represents. But I love it for what it is." Aug. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is MahlonAnd it is pronounced "Muhlawn". And as a girl, I've yet to meet another female named Mahlon. I love my name. It is unique and exteremly different. Not to proud of its meaning or whom it originally represents. But I love it for what it is." Aug. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Maylon from the derivative of Mahlon nice Gaelic name after our ancestry." Jul. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mahlon and I pronounce it May-lun. Both my father's father and my mother's father were named Mahlon and since I was the first born, I was named Mahlon. When I was a child I was called Lonnie, and later Lon, but I always have used Mahlon as my legal signature." Apr. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Comment left Jan 09, 2007:"Not a particularly nice sound, and counterintuitive spelling. Even worse on a girl." -- What is your name John or Bob or Fred? Or maybe a Sarah? Either way, whatever your name is I am sure it is forgettable precisely because it is bland, with easily deciphered spelling and a sound we've all heard a thousands times before. I am just sorry you have to live your entire life with such a simple over-used name. Oh well, probably suits your personality :P" Mar. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boyfriend's name is Mahlon. He was named after his grandfather, who is German and Jewish. People always mispronounce it." Mar. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mahlon Teter. Mahlon has been passed down in every generation of Teter since coming here from Germany. I have met a few guys named Mahlon. Mostly the Amish for they name their son's from the Bible." Mar. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's pronounced 'May-lun' and he's the only one I know named that. He is an unusual guy, but I'm not sure that his name has anything to with it. It suits him though." Jan. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Mahlon is the best name in the whole wide world!!!" Jan. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named mahlon, only spelt mahlen. It came from the family i.e. my stepgrandfather was mahlen and so was his father etc. etc. It used to be quite common in Bedfordshire, England, where we are from. I know of one other who is a distant cousin and is a professor at Stowe School. Lots of people get the name wrong, calling him mayland or marlon. His full name is mahlen david thomas fox. When he was younger I told him I wouldn't mind if he wanted to use one of his other two names to make life easier, but he declared that if somebody couldn't be bothered to get his name right he wasn't bothered about them. By the way, it is pronounced Maylen. He is a Dr. Mahlen Fox PhD." Oct. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "hey yer i'm mahlon and have never meet some one with same name as me" Sep. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We are naming our baby boy Mahlon. My husband's grandpa's name is Mahlon. The only problem is people don't always pronounce it correctly. He pronounces it like "May-len" but people use the h instead." Jul. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mahlon. I have met several other Mahlon's, but most people I meet remark that they have never met a Mahlon before. This name is frequently mispronounced and mispelled by others." May. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well, my name is Mahlon, I am a GIRL, for one, and I get pleanty of comments from people on how they think my name is "pretty", even though I wouldn't exactly use that word myself." Nov. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Mahlon is a beautiful biblical name, despite it's meaning being "sickness"." Jun. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "Not a particularly nice sound, and counterintuitive spelling. Even worse on a girl." Jan. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "A difficult name for people to pronounce. I pronounce it as if it were spelled "Maylin". Don't use it except for relatives and old friends. Use part of my last name as my first name when I now introduce myself to someone now." Jul. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      31 Neutral Comments

  • "My dad was named Mahlon. His nickname was Lon. His grandparents were from Sweden. My new granddaughter will be named Maelynn after him." Jul. 19, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My father was named Mahlon after his father. His grandfather was also named Mahlon. My father said the name was passed to the first born sons born on Valentines Day Feb. 14. I was the first born on Feb. 17 so my name is Michael." Jun. 16, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Mahlon is a family name. My alsmost 2 yr old son's 1st name is Mahlon. Great Grandpa's 1st name was also Mahlon. My husband's middle and my father in law's middle names are both Mahlon." May. 25, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi..My husband's name is Mahlon (pronouned as Mah-lon). Many people used to pronounced it as Mah-lown. (sounds like Melon). But it doesn't matter to both of us. We'll be having a baby a month from now. We're still thinking of the best name for HER, but after reading all of these stories, I love to name my first born in line with my Husband's name and with me also. I'd appreciate it very much if you could give me a girl's name from Mahlon and Eli. Thanks!" Feb. 15, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My granddad and dad's name is Mahlon. I am thinking of the name for a girl with the spelling Maylen. What do folks think of this? Where do the other meanings come from? I have only heard the sickness one, which isn't super appealing obviously. But powerful is kinda sweet :)" Dec. 29, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i am one in a long line of Mahlon's. i pronounce it maylun. i have heard tell of others with my name but have never actually met another Mahlon. be kind of cool if i ever do but i am not holdong my breath :)" Jun. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have family members with the name Mahlon and I'm trying to trace where they came from. My gg grandfather's name was Joseph Casterline and his son, my gg uncle, was named Mahlon Casterline. If anyone is related to the Casterlins I sure would appreciate an email. Thanks, Carrie Casterlin Siesser. edcar8378@msn.com" Jun. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is mahlon, (its pernounced maylen.) i grew up being okay with my name and like it alot now, i like it becuase it is unique. it's good to see that there's other mahlons :)" Jan. 29, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mahlon and I to have had to deal with the issues of mispronunciation and the varied meaning that has been said that the name possesses. I am a Jr. but the third in the family and I plan to name my son Mahlon IV" Oct. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandpas middle name was Mahlon RIP grandpa, but that is the name he went by since he didn't like his first name which was Clarence. I always liked it because it was rare. He told me when I was small it was from the book of Ruth. All of his friends called him that and his mail came with that name on it with his last name. Mahlon is a unique name and will always hold a special place in my heart since that is where my grandpa stays with me." Aug. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love my name because there is never any doubt who people are referring to when i hear my name usally mispronounced but i always polietly correct them i was unaware that Mahlon is a unisex name i am 28 and have met one other mahlon in my life and it was about three weeks ago it was a male by the way" Apr. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is a cool site im a 26 year old male and i love my name its been a topic with everyone i meet the ladies love and i will pass the name to my first if that comes around" Mar. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I was young and in public school I was self-conscious of such an unusual name (I was named after my uncle who drowned at an early age) but now I like it when the girls smile and say "Wow, cool name"." Dec. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "# Comment left Feb 23, 2007: "My father's name is Maylon. He was always told he was named after his grandfather. In tracing the family history. I found his grandfather Mahlon Jones and his great-grandfather Mahlon L Jones. Not easy to do as the name Mahlon was very popular in the 1800's. It was a name for men and women."" Jul. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 5 month old son is named Mahlon. We named him after my husband's grandpa, Mahlon. My husband also has an uncle named Mahlon. I absolutely love the name, but very few people pronounce it correctly." Apr. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Mahlon is the best name in the whole wide world!!!" Jan. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a great Uncle named Mahlon, and it is also a Bible name (Ruth's first husband--Naomi's son). I'm considering this name for my 6th child who is a boy. I've not heard of this name besides my great uncle. I was concerned with how others would pronounce it." Jan. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Mahlon after his great great great grandfather Crawford Mahlon Walker. And as the previous comment stated, people have a very hard time pronouncing it. We pronounce it May-lun...most people want to say Mah-lun. I knew this would be an issue but I hope he enjoys the name in the long run." Dec. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Mahlon after her great- great-great grandfather Mahlon Curtis Hockett, and great-great grandfather Donald Mahlon Hockett. I have always wanted to name my child Mahlon. People do have a hard time pronouncing it, but this does not seem to bother her. She has only met two others with the same name; a gentleman in his 70's and a 1 year-old. I have always wondered the correct pronounciation also. My grand-mother always said (mA-lon) but I do not know if that is correct either. Mahlon is truly a unique name and I am very happy I name her that." Dec. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mahlon. People mispronounce my name when I go to the doctor's office. I have only met one kid with the same as mine and I like him very much, he is my friend. I find my name to be unique. I was named after my deceased grandfather and deceased grandmother. Mahlon was my grandfather's first name and my grandmother's first name was Lee so I was named Mahlon Lee." Dec. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Mahlon Cooper Bouldin, after my great Uncle Mahlon Cooper. I'm from Clarksdale, MS. and grew up knowing there must be a few others out there. There has been a train wreck of pronunciations throughout my life (now 44 years), but I'm not surprised that the name was more popular when biblical and helenisitc names were very popular at the end of the 19th century. Anyway, to all the other Mahlon's out there.... carry on." Nov. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "By the way, mahlon comes from the bible. He was married to Ruth and was killed off after a couple of verses after which she trotted round after her mother-in-law. He had a very small part and you will find him right at the beginning of the Book of Ruth." Oct. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our baby boy, born on July 6th, Mahlon. It was my husband's great-great grandfather's name. We prononuce it "May-lin". No one has ever heard of it and can never pronounce it correctly. Plus they're not sure if it's a boy's name or a girl's name. But we've received nothing but positive feedback on it since he was born six weeks ago." Aug. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "yes my first name is mahlon, i have herd the name only a few times before. I would like to find out the meaning and origen" Jul. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My brother's name is Mahlon, it is pronounced "mailen" He had the hardest time growing up with it. he is named after our grandfather because he was the first grandson born. Now that he is an adult he goes by his first name rather than his nickname." Mar. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is mahlon but people call it maylon or muhlawn i hate it when people pronounce it wrong" Mar. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My father's name is Maylon. He was always told he was named after his grandfather. In tracing the family history. I found his grandfather Mahlon Jones and his great-grandfather Mahlon L Jones. Not easy to do as the name Mahlon was very popular in the 1800's. It was a name for men and women." Feb. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Aloha My name is Mahlon and it is not pronounced correctly by my friends because I grew up hearing it missed pronounced. Anyway I have a guess on how my family got it pronounced wrong. My grandmother is hawaiian and in hawaiian it is Mahelona. Now because she was fluent she would pronounce my father's name as (mylen) so it is spelled Mahlon yet pronounced(mylen) I always get wow! that's an unusual name. I also found that they have the correct pronunciation in the bibl of king james version. Aloha Mahlon Kapule Jr" Jan. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "people often mispronounce it. it is pronounced "MAY-lonn"" Nov. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Most do not pronounce it correctly. I am married to a Mahlon Kirk VI." Sep. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My experience is that the one person I know who has this name goes by something else." Apr. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate



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