Gender: Male Meaning of Malcolm: "devotee of St. Colomba" Origin of Malcolm: Scottish Malcolm's Popularity in 2019: #328

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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Rank in US: #328

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Pop Culture References for the name Malcolm

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!