Malcolm - Meaning of Malcolm
[ 2 syll. mal-col(m), ma-lco-lm ] The baby boy name Malcolm is pronounced as MAELKahM †. Malcolm is used chiefly in the English and Scottish languages, and it is derived from Celtic origins. The name's meaning is disciple of Saint Columba. It is derived from the element 'mael' meaning disciple, prince, chief. Mael Coluim (Old Irish) is an older form of Malcolm. The meaning of the name refers to Saint Columba of Scotland (521-597), an outstanding Gaelic missionary monk who converted many Scots to Christianity; in the medieval times, it was considered inappropriate to directly bestow a saint's name, therefore giving rise to the practice of adding 'Mael' as a prefix meaning 'disciple of'. In Scotland, Malcolm is used as an Anglicized version of Calum. The name Malcolmina (English and Scottish) is the female form of Malcolm.
Callum (English and Scottish), Calum (English and Scottish), Kallum (English and Scottish), Kalum (English and Scottish), Malcalm, Malcohm, Malcolum, Malkolm (English), Malkolum, and Malkom are variants of Malcolm. Other forms of Malcolm include the short forms Mal (English) and Malc (English), and the variant spelling Malcom (English and Scottish).
Malcolm is a fairly popular baby name for boys. At the height of its usage in 1993, 0.059% of baby boys were given the name Malcolm. It ranked at #237 then. The baby name has since fallen from favor, and is of very modest use in recent years. In 2012, its usage was only 0.029% and its ranking #466, but it was nonetheless the most commonly used within all boy names in its group.
Baby names that sound like Malcolm include Malcom, Maelgwn, Maelgwyn, Malcalm, Malcam, Malcohm, Malcon, Malkam, Malkolm, Malkom, Meltun, Milltun, Milson, Miltun, Moultun, Mylltun, Myltun, Émilien, and Maelogan.
† Pronunciation for Malcolm: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"
Details of famous persons named Malcolm:
Publisher Steve Forbes, born Malcolm 'Steve' Forbes, Jr., 18 July 1947, Morristown, New Jersey.
Religious Figure Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, 19 May 1925 - 21 February 1965, Omaha, Nebraska.