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Malcolm is a baby name of Scottish origin that means “disciple of Saint Columba”. Malcolm has been popular since 1900 as a solid, traditional boy’s name. Malcolm has increased in popularity since 2010 and is #290 s of 2020.

Meaning of the name Malcolm:

Scottish: disciple of Saint Columba, disciple of the dove

Origin of the name Malcolm:

Malcolm is a boy’s name of Scottish origin that means “disciple of Saint Columba” or “disciple of the dove”. Columba means “dove”.

Symbolism of the name Malcolm:

The dove is a symbol of peace and safety. Doves are traditionally associated with Christianity.

Baby name Malcolm

Style of the name Malcolm:

traditional

Gender of the name Malcolm:

Malcolm is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Malcolm:

MAL-kəm

Number of syllables in the name Malcolm:

two

Emotion evoked from the name Malcolm:

Malcolm evokes feelings of strength and charisma.

Alternative spellings for the name Malcolm:

Malcom, Malkem, Máel Coluim

Nicknames for the name Malcolm:

  • Mal
  • Malc
  • Mally

Popularity of the name Malcolm:

According to the Social Security Administration, Malcolm is a boy’s baby name that has been popular since 1900. Malcolm has remained consistently popular in the top 400 names for most of that time.

Related names for the name Malcolm:

Great middle names for the name Malcolm and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Malcolm:

  • Malcolm X (American civil rights activist)
  • Malcolm Jamal Warner (American actor)
  • Malcolm Cowley (American novelist and poet)
  • Malcolm McDowell (English actor)
  • Malcolm Scott Carpenter (American astronaut)

Malcolms in popular culture:

  • Malcolm Reynolds (television, “Firefly”)
  • Malcolm Hawke (video game, “Dragon Age 2”)
  • Malcolm III (literature, “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare)
  • Malcolm (television, “Malcolm in the Middle”)
  • Malcolm McGee (television, “Malcolm & Eddie”)