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Gender: M Meaning of Malcolm: "devotee of St. Colomba" Origin of Malcolm: Scottish Malcolm's Popularity in 2013: #444

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Malcolm is a warm and welcoming Scottish appellation (originally Mael-Colium) that fits into that golden circle of names that are distinctive but not at all odd. A royal name in Scotland, Malcolm is also a hero name for many via radical civil rights activist Malcolm X.

Malcolm was the name of four Scottish kings--including the son of Duncan who succeeded to the throne after Macbeth murdered his father--and has been a standard in that country.

Denzel Washington named one of his sons Malcolm, as did Harrison Ford.

Actor Malcolm McDowell is one current bearer; other possible namesakes are writer Lowry, bestselling author and trendspotter Gladwell, media mogul Forbes, Sex Pistols musician McLaren and actor Jamal Warner. There have also been several Malcolms on TV--eg in Malcolm in the Middle, Firefly-- and in the Outlander series. There were no less than three characters named Malcolm in the Harry Potter books.

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Famous People Named Malcolm

Malcolm Forbes, American publisher (of Forbes magazine)
Malcolm-Jamal Warner, American actor
Malcolm Cowley, American novelist and poet
Malcolm McDowell, English actor
Malcolm Bilson, American pianist
Malcolm Gets, American actor
Malcom X, American activist
Malcolm Gladwell, Canadian best-selling nonfiction writer
Malcolm Subban, Canadian hockey player
Malcolm Carswell Ford ('87), Harrison Ford & Melissa Mathison's son

Pop Culture References for the Name Malcolm

Malcolm Reynolds, character from Firefly
Malcolm Tucker, character from The Thick of It
Malcolm, character from Macbeth
Malcolm in the Middle, TV show and character
Malcolm, name of Ezra's presumed son in "Pretty Little Liars"
Malcolm Landgraab, simulated character in Sims games
Malcolm Colonsay, protagonist from the novels Malcolm, and The Marquis Of Lossie, by George MacDonald.

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