An Old Testament name with a Gaelic lilt that's definitely on the rise; Malachi entered the list in 1987, and has been in the Top 200 since 2003.
In the Bible, Malachi (pronounced with the final syllable as EYE), was the last of the twelve Hebrew prophets, who foretold the coming of Christ.
In Anthony Trollope's Phineas Finn, Malachi is the name of the hero's father, and in James Joyce's Ulysses, Malachi Mulligan is a medical student. The lighter-hearted Irish version is usually spelled Malachy.
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