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  • Records indicate that 31,270 boys in the United States have been named Malachi since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2006, when 2,721 people in the U.S. were given the name Malachi. Those people are now 14 years old.

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  • "My 11 month old sons name Malachi Moises (his middle name is his grandpas on his dad's side, he's from Mexico. Pronounced moy ses. Mexican version of Moses) I absolutely love the name Malachi and everyone we meet says its beautiful. Have had it mispronounced twice though" Oct. 4, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "We researched tons of different ways to spell it because we are having a boy & love the name. But then came to the decision with Malachi, it's a book in the Bible & don't think the spelling should be played with :) WE love it but my parents don't!" Apr. 1, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Before I meet my husband. I did not know that I would ever remarry any one ever again. Before any thing I was sleeping very tired. So I fell asleep and while I was sleeping I heard a man voice so calm and soft whispered to me that I was going to have a baby boy and that his name shall be Malachi. My son now is 17 month's now." Oct. 24, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yes, my stunning 12 month old has this name. My kids have given him the lovely nickname Mally. He is a brilliantly comic but also very serious personality- extremely determined and likes to give and receive huge quantities of affection. He was an intensive care baby at birth due to many factors, mainly meningitis, hospital superbug and required constant medical procedures and transfusions. It was said by a doctor that his recovery was miraculous. I didn't choose his name- it came to me when hopeless next to his incubator- very god given." May. 3, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think it's a beautiful name. Sadly, in France, it would lend itself to a very nasty play on words. It would be on my list if I lived in the USA." Mar. 25, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I want to name my baby boy malakhi he will be born in Dec!!! Most of my family hate the name tho:(" Aug. 19, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "In 1994 I gave birth to a healthy baby boy. We didn't have a name picked out but I liked the name "Malachi James" as well did my husband and family. Back then it was not a very popular name but we truly loved its meaning. Growing up it never seemed to bother Malachi but now He is 17 years old and involved in high school sports where all "Away" games his name seems to get mispronounced. Most of the time it doesn't bother Malachi much but recently he has been upset when they pronounce it "Maleekee". We just think if you are in a position where you are responsible for announcing peoples names at least make an effort to ASK someone how it is pronounced before putting it on the airwaves persay. Some people dont even try and pronounce it MaKayla or Michael...not even close. We looked at possibly going with a different spelling just to aid the "uneducated" ones that have NO clue on how to properly pronounce Malachi but came to the conclusion that maybe just 1 person will get curious and look up the name and see the meaning and something great might come out of it! We may have his name listed on the roster as M.J for short on the away games just for fun. Who knows...they might think he is named after Michael Jordan. LOL. and at least get that right." Mar. 3, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I had my son in July 2006, we picked out the name Malachi. We loved it from the moment we saw it. Our whole goal was not to have pick a name that was too common or too different. We paired it with the name of my Grandfather Eugene for a middle name. Samantha" Dec. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a almost 2 year old son named Malakai. I chose this spelling because he is 1/2 Hawaiian and Kai means Sea (sure to be his nick name) and he is a Pisces so it all just fit ! I love this name and think it is a strong, original name!" Jan. 9, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I recently gave birth to a beautiful boy, whom my husband and I named Maliki (pronounced like Malachi Mal-a-Keye). We liked the way this looked better than Malachi. Everyone calls him Ma-Lee-Key though which is a pain. I'm thinking about changing the spelling." Jan. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love this name so much ive wanted to call my son it ever since i was about 11 /12 i think he will be called malachi i wanted a strong name i also like the name dempsey" Dec. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "im thinking of naming my 1st born my native land, Uganda , malaika means angel....and in biblical histoy, malakai means messenger....isnt an angel a messenger fom God? son will be my own angel." Oct. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is malachi! i always wondered why i was named such a thing?" Oct. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am thinking about naming my son Malachi when he is born in April. I can't think of a middle name, though. Any suggestions?" Aug. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "at first i was gonna name my son malakai (malachi - original hebrew name)... but then after thinking about it... the name sounded TOO strong, too stern... so i went with the irish malachy version, bc its more light-hearted (happy drunk, if you will). which is good, cuz that strong a name on that strong-willed boy would be too razor sharp an edge for the world to handle!" Jun. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love the name.. am going to use it if i have a baby boy.. although with use Malachi, as here in New Zealand, kai is the Maori word for food,which everyone says instead of food!! So, might be a bit of fuel for the teasing fire!" Jun. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Malachi is a bibical name and he was the last minor prophet of the Old Testament. Read Malachi 1:1. Malachi, is a very strong, wonderful name. I've only known of one Malachi, he was a teenager who held a summer job where I worked. He held up to his name; he was a very dedicated, super kid!" May. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I are naming our son Malachy when he's born. We're Irish, and we'll pronounce it Mal-uh-kee. Such a strong name- we love it." Apr. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is malachi! my nick name is mucha-lucha-ki, or mally. i only know one other kid named malachi." Apr. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I plan on naming my kid malachi, Kai, or Kye for short. that's friggin awesome." Feb. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am named Malachi and have never met someone with my same name. I go by Kai (pronounced Kye). I love my name because it sounds very masculine and powerful. The only bad part is that a lot of people will try and pronounce my name Muh-lah-chee, instead of Mal-ih-kye. I love how unique my name is" Jan. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Malachi. I am 100% Irish and hate the way any american immediately assumes it's pronunciation to be Malakye ; whereas it is actually pronounced Malakee (much better :P ). and a note for the comment which claimed Malachi is irish for Michael : i am fluent in Irish and can tell you that it is definitely wrong :P the irish for Michael is Mıchıil (pronounced Meehaul). also, the irish for Malachi is Maoilsheachlainn (depending on the dialect it is usually pronounced mwail-hac-linn) Malachi is definitely an awesome name :) i rarely ever meet anyone else with the same name as me so it is truly a unique name :)" Sep. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My five month old is named Malachi too! Its a beautiful strong name. Malachi means messenger from God and also angel from does not get any better than that. Alot of people when I was pregnant brought up the "Children Of The Corn" movie..that drove me crazy!! I had someone even say "Don't name your kid that!"cause of the movie. Anyways..We love the was the only name we agreed opon." Sep. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my name. I'm nicknamed Kai (pronounced Kye). I really like the name." Aug. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I see this name as being uniqe and special. My little nephew has the same name. I think it would fit his personality very well." Apr. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I picked out the name Malachi about 3 years ago. We were literally flipping through the Bible with my parents and found it! Now, we're pregnant with little Malachi and can't wait to see him!! We're due 6/7/08!!" Mar. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Beautiful name. If I have a boy, I will name him Malachy, after the aborted baby boy who is in heaven today." Jan. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "What a beautiful name! I love saying it, it's such a strong name." Dec. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i am calling my son malachi but i am spelling it malachai i love it" Nov. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am due to have a baby boy in May of 2008. His name will be 'Malachi' but I will be spelling the name 'Malikye'. I am hebrew and thought it a great name." Nov. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My best friends mum just had twins and named the boy Malachi, but they spelt it Malachai. The name is irish for Michael they found out. There is a freaky story behind the name though. My friends grandmother died before the twins were born, she begged my friends mother to name the boy Michael, but she refused to, then two days after she died the babies were born. They named him Malachai and the girl Faith. It wasnt until 2 months after they named him the found out it was irish for Michael." Jun. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is a very powerful name and fits very well with my son." Jun. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 21 weeks pregnant and just found out it's a boy so we are calling him Malachi Rueben. My husband and I are both Christians and our other children all have biblical names" May. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 19 weeks pregnant and just found out thats its a boy. We decided straight away that he is a Malikai. Different spelling but it sounds the same. We think it is a really strong name and perfect for him." Apr. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "AWESOME NAME. I knew one Malachi and he loved the name. He liked to be called "KYE" but had a hard time finding a spelling that people got. Chi didn't work of course. Maybe Kai or Kye? I think that is very cool!" Dec. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is spelt like the example above, people sometimes unaware of the name may call me malachi, with ch as in chicken. it is annoying, and sometimes i have to spell it out. but i like it as it is rare in australia and people find it fascinating" Aug. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Just named our boy Malachi because my wife and i liked it. The response from family has been lees than enthusiastic. My mom said, "Malachi?!" Like, whay would you do that? Anyway WE like it and he is an angel." Jun. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just love the sound of this name, it is very unique. I am considereing the name "Malachi James" if I have a boy. My concern is that it is so rare that people will often mispronounce it." May. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i am having a son in july, and my girlfriend and i have chosen Malachi as his name............ thumbs up!" Apr. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We are going to name our first-born son Malachi. It is a strong and beautiful name, although I do worry that people will pronounce it wrong (the "chi" part). I LOVE the meaning." Apr. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name and plan to call my first son Malachi." Mar. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We have just named our second son Malachi (b. Feb 8 2006). We opted for it over the Irish version Malachy because we think it sounds stronger. Family reaction has been mixed "it's a bit unusual" etc and getting pronounciation right (Mala-Kai not Mala-Key) will be a hurdle. But friends like it and we have heard of no others." Feb. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name, but anyone that hasn't heard it before will most certainly say "chi" instead of "kai"." Jan. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I are considering this name for if we have a boy. Our concern is that it has recently become rather trendy." Jun. 22, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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  • "Would not know how to spell it until I was told. Too weird a name" Jun. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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  • "I named my now 12 year old son Malachi Nathaniel. Many people may not be impressed or pleased with this but although I grew up with Christian roots, I also grew up with a deep love of the horror genre ? and when I was around 12-13 years old, I had read Stephen King?s short story ?Children of the Corn? and really liked the name. And then when I had the opportunity to meet the actor who played Malachi in the movie (Courtney Gains), I decided then that I would name my first son Malachi. At the same time, I was aware that the name is also from the Bible as being one of the twelve minor prophets, and the last book of the Old Testament. So for me it was a sort of win-win. Then when I became pregnant with my first (and only) child and found out he was a boy, I ran the name by my husband (who has a son named Damien from a previous marriage....) and he was immediately on board with the name for our son. As I mentioned, being a horror genre fan for most of my life, it was even more fitting to have had our son on October 27, 2006 - only four days before Halloween. And so now, every year we?ve celebrated his birthday with fun Halloween themes - and really works well as his friends are already pumped up for the holiday that it?s kind of like an extra bonus that they wouldn?t have otherwise had. My entire family loves his name, although I may have stuck to only the one side of why I named him Malachi (as being from the Bible) - but now that he?s older, I?ve explained both reasons to him - especially now that he is following in my love of the horror genre too. Of course, though, he definitely has it mispronounced by many folks who aren?t familiar with it. But because he?s such a patient, great kid he isn?t bothered by it one bit. In fact, he told me he loves his name because he is the only kid in his entire school who doesn?t have to write his last name (which is a long, difficult 9-letter word), ha. Hey, whatever works. Before I wrote this, I asked him to rate how much he liked his name on a scale of 1-10, and after thinking for a second, responded with ?10?. Additionally, he does go by any nicknames - as I wanted him to have that choice and allow him and friends to come up with whatever felt natural. So far, nothing has stuck to my knowledge - although when in a hurry texting someone, I sometimes just write ?Mal? for short. But I?ve never actually called him that in person. For some reason though he absolutely abhors the nickname ?Kai? - which I completely love - and I only know this because we?ve talked about nicknames a few times and I always bring that one up and he always responds with repulsion, ha. But I do love that shortened form of the name and kind of wish I had started calling him by it when he was younger - but like I said, I?d much rather he have a choice in it anyway. Lastly, he his middle name from his uncle (my youngest brother) who also has that middle name. Although not that important and definitely not intentional, his initials are M-N-M. The day he was born, his pawpaw (my dad) brought him a little bag of Peanut M&Ms - because Malachi is and always will be his ?peanut?. I still have them too." Nov. 4, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "i really love the name and i will be calling my son malakai ruben in aprill x" Oct. 13, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "well i had a baby boy on 10/26/2010 and 22yr old daughter named him Malachi , but she got hte name from the old movie childern of the corn. my husband says he like it cause its in the bible aand its a very strong name well my baby is a fighter and the name fit him well" Jan. 19, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Great-Grandson is named Malachi & short version is Kye." Jan. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just gave birth to a son and we named him Malakai. I wanted something biblical but I also wanted it to hint at his polynesian heritage. So we spelled it to look similar to molokai(the island)" Jul. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm twelve weeks pregnant. Before I became pregnant I dreamed I had a son named Malachi. I am certain if my newborn is a boy he will be named Malachi! Its just a beautiful name to me!" Jun. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Husband and I named our son "Malachy" in 2006 when he was born. I myself never heard of the name before and wasn't sure if I really wanted it. However now after two years of him being called Malachy, I wouldn't have it any other way. He's the only Malachy we know, and such a strong name. The poor kids gets called everything but his right name most of the time. But he's a unique little boy, born with Situs Inversus, which is organ reversal also very unique! LOVE IT!" Apr. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "why are so many Irish people saying that is its origin? Mine came from my Hebrew roots, and the one other I've met also got it from there. Most actually say my full name, only my best friend (and his family) call me Mal. Though I do have friends that like to play around with the pronunciation, just try it. If your like me you'd be surprised how many you've heard from people reading it out loud ^^" Apr. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is a very odd name, and its major con is that strangers usually don't know how to spell or pronounce it, but I love the way it sounds. I don't think I'd name my child this, but I've always been attracted to the name." Jun. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My nephew's name is Malikye- said the same way, just different spelling." May. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am going to name my son Malachi if I have one. I think it has a great meaning." Nov. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I recently had a baby boy and my wife and i named him Malachy. We prefered the pronounciation of Malachi, which from what i have learned is Mal-ak-eye. But prefered the spelling of Malachy, which is supposed to be mal-ak-eee. So his name is Malachy....but apparently wrongly pronounced. Also, there is alot of Irish in our family, mostly her side, so we went with the Irish spelling (malachy) as apposed to Malachi which is hebrew. Tyson R" Aug. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is Malachi. He's 11, so was named before the upward trend. Many people commented on the name being from "Children of the Corn" or from the Bible, but actually I just felt that the name has a nice masculine strong feel to it, and is unique. Often though, the pronunciation by others unfamiliar with the name has to be corrected. Most often people want to call him Ma-lo-chee. Great name." May. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my first son that name because it has a very strong meaning to it. many people I know whom ask for his name have commented how unique and strong his name is. He will be 1yrs old this March 07" Mar. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my new grandson was born on 2.2.07 and he has been named Malachi, an i love it. his great granddad was irish and my kids have irish names too. it has not been recieved well by most people, but who cares. Its a lovely name for a lovely baby." Feb. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my son will be 8 and when we named him Malachi we got a lot of stares and a lot why would you name this child this man name. i replied all little boys grow up to be men. i love the name and the strong meaning behind it" Jan. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My baby's name is Malachi and people always pronounce it wrong. Half of them spell it right and half spell it wrong. It's pronounced "Malakai" with a hard "k" sound like in kite. My brother's friend named his baby this same name and spells it with the "-kai" to lessen the amount of people who mispronounce it." Mar. 30, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Malachi Airic when he was born. I think that when he gets older, we will call him Airic, or let him choose for himself. My husband calls him Ky" Feb. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son, Malakai, with the change in spelling allowing him to easily be called Kai for short. We've had tons of compliments on the name and spelling. We choose to refer to the biblical meaning of 'Malachi' as the foundation of his name. the Moores in Calgary" Jan. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Malachi. Unfortunately, not everyone is familiar with the name. So, it is often mispronounced and misspelled. People wonder whether it's Italian or Hawaiian, etc. They also ask, "What is his nickname going to be?" I tell them that we just call him Malachi. His sister calls him "Mal" sometimes. We'll just see if a nickname emerges and sticks. Not everyone has to have one. I love the name we chose, though. I hope my son (3 mo. old) also grows up loving it!" Jan. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my bf says he wants to name his 1st boy malechi and i dont know the name i only know malachi. is he getting the spelling wrong ? or is tht a name aswell..?? email me back [email protected]" Jan. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is 13 and he is named Malachi. We named him this because we loved that it meant messenger from God and that it was uncommon. We rarely run into anyone with this name. The only bad side I see is that some people mispronounce it." Dec. 29, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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