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Meaning and name origin

Malcolm \m(a)-lco-lm, mal-colm\ as a boy's 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 variant forms: Malcom, Malcolum and Malkolm.

For more information, see also the related boy name Calum.

There is 1 feminine form of Malcolm: Malcolmina.


Malcolm is a very popular first name for males (#355 out of 1220, Top 29%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2779 out of 88799, Top 3%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Malcolm for boys. Malcolm reached its highest rank of #206 in the U.S. in 1992. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Malcolm and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Malcolm (#442), Malcom and Calum. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Similar Names

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