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What does Malcolm mean?

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.

Malcolm has 1 feminine form: Malcolmina.

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

(female) Malle, Malwel, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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

Popular varying forms of Malcolm (#442 from current records) appearing in the Top 2000 are Calum and Malcom. Adoption of these forms of Malcolm reached its peak 2 decades ago (adoption of 0.08%) and has become significantly lower since (adoption 0.04%, 57.8%), with the version Malcolm becoming less trendy.

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.