"devotee of St. Colomba"

Malcolm Origin and Meaning

The name Malcolm is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "devotee of St. Colomba".

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 namesakes are writer Lowry; bestselling author and trendspotter Gladwell; Sex Pistols musician McLaren; and actor Jamal Warner. There have also been several Malcolms on TV — e.g., in Malcolm in the Middle, Firefly and in the Outlander series. There were no fewer than three characters named Malcolm in the Harry Potter books.

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Malcolm Rank in US Top 1000

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Malcolm Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Malcolm Popularity

Famous People Named Malcolm

  • Malcolm Scott CarpenterAmerican astronaut
  • Malcolm IIV, Kings of Scotland
  • Malcolm XAmerican civil rights activist
  • Malcolm Stevenson ForbesAmerican publisher (of Forbes magazine)
  • Malcolm Bligh Turnbull29th Prime Minister of Australia
  • (John) Malcolm Fraser22nd Prime Minister of Australia
  • Malcolm Leslie RifkindBritish politician
  • MalcolmJamal Warner, American actor
  • Malcolm CowleyAmerican novelist and poet
  • Malcolm McDowell (born Malcolm John Taylor)English actor
  • Malcolm BilsonAmerican pianist
  • Malcolm GetsAmerican actor
  • Malcolm David KelleyAmerican rapper, singer, songwriter and actor
  • Malcolm Robert Andrew McLarenEnglish impresario
  • Malcolm Timothy GladwellCanadian author
  • MalcolmJamaal Justin Subban, Canadian hockey player
  • Malcolm James McCormick aka Mac MillerAmerican rapper
  • Malcolm Carswell Fordson of actor Harrison Ford & Melissa Mathison
  • Malcolm Washingtonson of actor Denzel Washington; twin of sister Olivia
  • Malcolm YoungScottish born, Australian rhythm guitarist of AC/DC

Malcolm in Pop Culture

  • Malcolmcharacter in Shakespeare's Macbeth
  • Malcolmmain character on TV's "Malcolm in the Middle"
  • Malcolm "Mal" Reynoldscharacter on TV's Firefly
  • Malcolm McGeemain character on TV's "Malcolm & Eddie," played by Malcolm,Jamal Warner
  • "Malcolm" 1986 Australian film and its main character
  • Malcolm Tuckercharacter in The Thick of It
  • Malcolm FitzEzra's presumed son in "Pretty Little Liars"
  • Malcolm Colonsaymain character in Malcolm, and The Marquis Of Lossie, by George MacDonald
  • Malcolm Graemecharacter in G. A. Henty's, The Lion of the North
  • Malcolmson of Athena and Annabeth Chase's half,brother in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series
  • Malcolm Landgraabseveral characters in "The Sims" computer games
  • Malcolm Merlyn aka Dark Archerborn Arthur King, character on TV's "Arrow"
  • Malcolm Beechcharacter in film "Oblivion"
  • Malcolm Reedchief armory officer; character from TV's "Star Trek: Enterprise"
  • Malcolman evil court jester in the adventure game series The Legend of Kyrandia
  • Malcolmcharacter in the Unreal Tournament game series
  • Malcolmreal name of Peter Pan on ABC's Once Upon a Time
  • Malcolm Fadecharacter in Cassandra Clare's "The Dark Artifices" trilogy
  • Malcolm Landgraabcharacter in the Sims franchise