Diminutive of Malcolm, Scottish
"devotee of St. Colomba"

Mal Origin and Meaning

The name Mal is a boy's name meaning "devotee of St. Colomba".

A nickname for Malcolm that at one point ranked independently on the US Top 1000. It still exists as an affectionate pet form, but you’re unlikely to hear a Malcolm introduce himself as Mal.

# 992 in the US

Mal Rank in US Top 1000

Famous People Named Mal

  • Mal mac Rochride2nd century Irish king
  • Malvin Greston "Mal" WhitfieldAmerican track athlete
  • Malcolm Thomas "Mal" BroughAustralian politician
  • Malcolm Charles "Mal" PeetEnglish children's novelist
  • Malcolm Frederick "Mal" EvansEnglish roadie and friend of the Beatles
  • Malcolm James "Mal" WasherAustralian politician
  • Malcolm Earl "Mal" WaldronAmerican jazz pianist
  • Malcolm James "Mal" AndersonAustralian tennis player
  • MaliVai "Mal" WashingtonAmerican tennis player

Mal in Pop Culture

  • Malcolm "Mal" Reynoldscharacter in TV's "Firefly"
  • MALDr. Blight's evil supercomputer in the Captain Planet and the Planeteers series
  • Malcolm Arnold "Mal" Duncan aka Voxa DC Comics character
  • MalLatin prefix meaning "bad"