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What does Malcolm mean?

Malcolm \m(a)-lco-lm, 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.


Malcolm has 3 variants: Malcolum, Malcom and Malkolm.

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Calum.

Malcolm has 1 feminine form: Malcolmina.


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. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Malcolm for boys. Malcolm reached its peak position of #206 in the U.S. in 1992, and is currently at #442. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Malcolm name in U.S.

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

Popular varying forms of Malcolm (#442 the previous year) appearing in the Top 1000 are Calum and Malcom. Adoption of these boy names reached its peak in the year 1992 (usage of 0.3423%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.186%, down 45.7%), with the versions Malcolm and Malcom becoming less trendy. Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Malcolm and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Malcolm, Malcom in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Malcolm is pronounced similarly to Malcam. This name tends to be less commonly used than Malcolm.