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Gender: Male Meaning of Malachi: "my messenger" Origin of Malachi: Hebrew Malachi's Popularity in 2017: #153

The name Malachi is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "my messenger". Malachi is ranked #153 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

An Old Testament name with a Gaelic lilt, Malachi entered the list in 1987.

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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Famous People Named Malachi

Malachi, Biblical prophet, author of the Book of Malachi in the Old Testament
Malachi Fallon, 1st chief of police of San Francisco, USA
Malachi Brendan Martin, Irish-American priest and author
Malachi Pearson, American voice actor
Malachi Throne, American actor
Malachi Favors, American jazz bassist
Zion Malachi Airamis Wade, son of basketball player Dwyane Wade

Pop Culture References for the name Malachi

The Book of Malachi, last book of the Old Testament
Malachai Boardman, boy in the film "Children of the Corn"
Malachi "Mal" Fallon, detective in game Cause of Death
Malachi Constant, in Kurt Vonnegut's "The Sirens of Titan"
Malachi "Old Glos" Trenglos, in Anthony Trollope's "Malachi's Cove"
Malachi, main character in "Camp Weedonwantcha"
Malachi Hennesey, in "Mr Dooley in Peace and in War" by Peter Finlay Dunne
Malachi, tiny prophet created by Bender in an episode of TV's "Futurama"
The Malachai, in The Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Malachi, character in Aphmau's YouTube series


Malachi Eclipse Says:


oh thats good

BlueLavender Says:


I know a little girl named Malachi - it works really well on her! I also know a girl named Malak, which I think has similar roots, or at least a similar meaning.

Malachi Eclipse Says:


That's a beautiful name.

Malachi Eclipse Says:


I feel like they always assume Malachi is a male name when in fact it should be gender neutral, like some names.

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Bea Says:


Shame on you. If you don't like a name, that's your business, but don't be hateful and put stuff like that on here. There are kids looking up their names, which might just be Malachi, on here and they don't need to read some trashy pissant jerk's crybaby rant.

lee_augusta Says:


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LilianaPearl Says:


I'm so sorry for your nephew. You sound like the worst uncle ever.

MeganJoy Says:


Malachi, nn Mac was on my long list

EW314 Says:


I like Malachi, but I love the Irish variant Malachy ("MAL-uh-kee") - it feels softer and less trendy.

West Says:


I know a little Malakai who is called Kai

kiwipop Says:


I like the name Ezra Malachi

gmdx Says:


I only see Mal-ah-kee with the Irish spelling, which I do kind of want to like, because I definitely would consider Irish names for my kids.

xaliciax Says:


I totally get people heavily associating the name with Children of the Corn. For me personally that's not a deal breaker, probably because I love horror movies. Though I'd probably get a lot of side eye from my family were I to ever use it.

This is my favorite spelling of the name.

JessicaRK467 Says:


All I can think of is Children of the Corn when I hear this name. I grew up in the country and my house was literally surrounded by corn fields on 3 sides. I would always play this movie when I had slumber parties and then a game of truth or dare to walk into the corn fields just a little. It never failed to entertain and freak people out! Fond memories :-)

headintheclouds Says:


I like the sound of Malachi, but as previous commenter mentioned, I also read the name as mal-a-kee, and I really dislike the alternate phonetic spelling of Malakai!

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Theodora_Phoenix Says:


This is a new favourite of mine!

faithnamer Says:


I want to like this name, but I can't help but say "Mal-ah-chee" when I read it.

Elvie23 Says:


My little sister has been determined to name her first born daughter this for the last five years. While at first all I could think of was children of the corn, I think the name might be growing on me... it turns out she had never seen movie and it reminds her of Makala but less common.