Ben: মালদা māladā

‘Wealthy (city)’  [Maldah, Maldaha, English Bazar, Angrezabad] City/District, West Bengal 

From Urd: māl-dār, ‘wealthy’.

Malda is a port on the Mahananda and Kalindi rivers and has been a trading centre for mango, mulberry, jute, silk, wheat, rice, cotton, and oilseed for centuries. An English trading post, Angrezabad, was established here in 1771 by Job Charnock of the East India Company which explains the name English Bazar (a name that is still used).

Malda is also known as the ‘Land of Mango’: the local variety of mango, Fazli, is now GI-certified [Article:GI-certified consignment of Fazli mangoes from Malda exported to Bahrain].

For related place names see Indian Place names and West Bengal place names.