Origin : Scottish

devotee of St. Colomba

The name Malcolm is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "devotee of St. Colomba". Malcolm is a warm and welcoming Scottish appellation (originally Mael-Colium) that fits into that golden circle of names that are distinctive but not at all odd. A royal name in Scotland, Malcolm is also a hero name for many via radical civil rights activist Malcolm X. Malcolm was the name of four Scottish kings -- including the son of Duncan who succeeded to the throne after Macbeth murdered his father -- and has been a standard in that country. Denzel Washington named one of his sons Malcolm, as did Harrison Ford. Actor Malcolm McDowell is one current bearer. Other namesakes are writer Lowry; bestselling author and trendspotter Gladwell; Sex Pistols musician McLaren; and actor Jamal Warner. There have also been several Malcolms on TV -- e.g., in Malcolm in the Middle, Firefly and in the Outlander series. There were no fewer than three characters named Malcolm in the Harry Potter books.

Popularity of name Malcolm over time

There are 62184 people in the U.S. with the first name Malcolm, this name was mostly popular in 1992 with popularity 1495 .

Malcolm is used for both genders.

99.81 percent of people with the first name Malcolm are man

0.19 percent of people with the first name Malcolm are woman

Lists containing Malcolm

Most Famous People Named Malcolm

American novelist and poet
Ezra's presumed son in "Pretty Little Liars"
several characters in "The Sims" computer games
American publisher (of Forbes magazine)
main character on TV's "Malcolm & Eddie
American actor
main character on TV's "Malcolm in the Middle"
born Arthur King
Kings of Scotland
character in The Thick of It
22nd Prime Minister of Australia
character in G. A. Henty's
American rapper
American actor
character on TV's Firefly
" 1986 Australian film and its main character
American pianist
29th Prime Minister of Australia
British politician
English actor
American civil rights activist
character in Shakespeare's Macbeth
son of Athena and Annabeth Chase's half-brother in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series
main character in Malcolm

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Scottish version of John, the Lord is gracious