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Gender: Male Meaning of Malcolm: "devotee of St. Colomba" Origin of Malcolm: Scottish Malcolm's Popularity in 2017: #395

The name Malcolm is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "devotee of St. Colomba". Malcolm is ranked #395 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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Famous People Named Malcolm

Malcolm I-IV, Kings of Scotland
Malcolm X, American civil rights activist
Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, American publisher (of Forbes magazine)
Malcolm Bligh Turnbull, 29th Prime Minister of Australia
(John) Malcolm Fraser, 22nd Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Leslie Rifkind, British politician
Malcolm-Jamal Warner, American actor
Malcolm Cowley, American novelist and poet
Malcolm McDowell (born Malcolm John Taylor), English actor
Malcolm Bilson, American pianist
Malcolm Gets, American actor
Malcolm David Kelley, American rapper, singer, songwriter and actor
Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren, English impresario
Malcolm Timothy Gladwell, Canadian author
Malcolm-Jamaal Justin Subban, Canadian hockey player
Malcolm Scott Carpenter, American astronaut
Malcolm James McCormick aka Mac Miller, American rapper
Malcolm Carswell Ford, son of actor Harrison Ford & Melissa Mathison
Malcolm Washington, son of actor Denzel Washington; twin of sister Olivia
Malcolm Young, Scottish born, Australian rhythm guitarist of AC/DC

Pop Culture References for the name Malcolm

Malcolm, character in Shakespeare's Macbeth
Malcolm, main character on TV's "Malcolm in the Middle"
Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds, character on TV's Firefly
Malcolm McGee, main character on TV's "Malcolm & Eddie," played by Malcolm-Jamal Warner
"Malcolm," 1986 Australian film and its main character
Malcolm Tucker, character in The Thick of It
Malcolm Fitz, Ezra's presumed son in "Pretty Little Liars"
Malcolm Colonsay, main character in Malcolm, and The Marquis Of Lossie, by George MacDonald
Malcolm Graeme, character in G. A. Henty's, The Lion of the North
Malcolm, son of Athena and Annabeth Chase's half-brother in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series
Malcolm Landgraab, several characters in "The Sims" computer games
Malcolm Merlyn aka Dark Archer, born Arthur King, character on TV's "Arrow"
Malcolm Beech, character in film "Oblivion"
Malcolm Reid, chief armory officer; character from TV's Enterprise
Malcolm, an evil court jester in the adventure game series The Legend of Kyrandia
Malcolm, character in the Unreal Tournament game series
Malcolm, real name of Peter Pan on ABC's Once Upon a Time

Mal, Malcalm, Malcohm, Malcolum, Malcom, Malkolm


Horatio1313 Says:


Malcolm is distinctive enough but I really like the abbreviated 'Mal'. And if one is into self-deprecation, reminding others that the name is unforgettable if linked to malcontent, maladjusted, malingerer etc etc, then you are sure to raise a laugh!!

paulapuddephatt Says:


This name is still regarded as dated here in the UK, but could make a comeback. I think it's attractive.

headintheclouds Says:


Malcolm is a handsome name I wonder why is not more popular; it's such an underused refreshing classic. It seems very stalwart and soldier-like, due to the two l-s spelled in the middle of the name that look to me like two colonels standing tall. For nicknames, I really like Mal or Mac.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Malcolm, Serenity and River. The perfect set of names.

chellemma1 Says:


I love this name! It's familiar and well known but there aren't actually many Malcolms around. It is the name of one of my best friends which makes me like it even more but probably also means I won't ever use it!