The name Malcolm is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "devotee of St. Colomba". Malcolm is ranked #394 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".
From the experts:
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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