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Gender: M Meaning of Malachy: "my messenger" Origin of Malachy: Irish version of Malachi, Hebrew

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This spelling, which came to the attention of readers of the best-selling Angela's Ashes as the name of author Frank McCourt's father and brother, the latter of whom wrote a best-seller of his own, lends the biblical name a more expansive, almost boisterous image. Malachy is also the anglicized version of Melaghlin, one of St. Patrick's first companions. It was borne by the High King Malachy, who defeated the Vikings at the Battle of Tara in 980. St. Malachy was a reformer who reorganized the church in Ireland after the Viking raids. Irish actor Cillian Murphy has a son named Malachy.

Famous People Named Malachy

Saint Malachy, 11th century Irish Archbishop of Armagh
Malachy Gerard McCourt, Irish-American actor and writer
Malachy Bowes Daly, Canadian politician, former lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia
Malachy Ó Caollaidhe, Irish Archbishop of Tuam
Malachy Salter, Canadian merchant and politician
Malachy Postlethwayt, English author of "The Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce"
Malachy Coney, Northern Irish comics writer and artist

Pop Culture References for the Name Malachy

Malachy Doyle, character on TV's "Republic of Doyle"
Malachy "Mal" Fisher, character on British soap "Hollyoaks"