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What does Malcolm mean?

Malcolm Pronunciation of Malcolm [mal-colm] as a boys' name is pronounced MAL-cum. It is of Scottish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Malcolm is "devotee of Saint Columba". The name of the prince of Scotland who became king after Macbeth murdered his father. Shakespeare's play was based on the true story. The name appeals to black families because of Malcom X. Publisher Malcolm Forbes.

Associated with: scottish, gaelic, saint, true (pure), black (dark).


Malcolm has 3 variants: Malcolum, Malcom and Malkolm.

Related boy name: Calum.

1 feminine form: Malcolmina.

Creative forms:
(male) Macolm, Mancolm, ..


Middle name pairings:
Malcolm Klayton (M.K.), ..

How popular is Malcolm?

Malcolm is a very popular first name for men (#355 out of 1220, Top 29%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#3399 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Malcolm reached its peak position of #206 in the U.S. in 1992, and is currently at #420. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Malcolm name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Malcolm outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular varying forms of Malcolm (#420 from current records) appearing in the Top 2000 are Calum (#1920 from current records) and Malcom. Adoption of these forms of Malcolm reached its peak 2 decades ago (adoption of 0.08%) and is somewhat lower today (adoption 0.04%, 49.6%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Malcolm, Calum, Malcom in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Calum outside U.S.

Similar Names

Malcolm is pronounced similarly to Malcam and Malkam. Other recommended names are Maccoy, Macon, Maldon, Mallon, Mallory, Malory, Manola, Manolo, Marcel, Marcell, Marcelo, Marcely, Marco, Marcos and Marom. These names tend to be less commonly used than Malcolm.

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