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Origin: Scottish
Meaning: Royal Blood

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Malcolm

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Malcolm in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Malcolm:

  • Records indicate that 57,493 boys in the United States have been named Malcolm since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1992, when 1,495 people in the U.S. were given the name Malcolm. Those people are now 28 years old.

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      24 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Malcolm. But I?ve faced scenarios where people called me Malcom. Leaving the last l. Quite annoying at times but sometimes I get away with things because of that mistake. I am the only Malcolm at my school and the only Malcolm I know of besides this dancer. I like my name because of its uniqueness" Dec. 2, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Malcolm, it's pronounced mal come. And yes, people who don't know me usually spell it wrong. Most commonly they forget the second l. But I've gotten Malcolm, malcolme, and malcomb (this one was my soctor.) I like my name as I haven't met someone else with it at least not to my horrible memory. I think my mother chose it after some king of Scotland or something. It's a pretty cool name I don't see often in reality or even fiction." Apr. 8, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really think that Malcolm is a charming, strong, and intelligent name. However, I'm not sure about the nickname Mac, as it makes me think of completely different personality traits. I personally think that Mal, Malc, and perhaps Marc would make better nicknames for some. When I hear the name Malcolm, it automatically makes me think of the gentlemanly, intelligent, (fairly dashing TBH) and noble Lt. Reed of ST:ENT or Mal from Firefly." Aug. 3, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our youngest son, "Malcolm". It's a strong, solid name. A name that commands respect. I personally love the name. appropriate for a boy and for when he becomes a man." Jul. 28, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "i luv my nme since i wz a kid pple kept asking me who wz Malcolm X, so kept tll em hz biography i luv my nme thnk u mom 4 e nyc nme." Feb. 26, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Malcolm was the best name i ever had , Good luck to all Malcolm's" Oct. 9, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "In my 55 years I have not met another Malcolm. I would not trade the name for any other because of its uniqueness. Some of the misspellings of Malcolm I have known are Malcom, Malcome, Malcum, and on a set of pencils from my great aunt, Malcomb!! I also had a science teacher who called me Mal function. Needless to say, I made his classes miserable. I was named after my grandfather, who passed before I was born." Oct. 26, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My eldest son's name is Malcolm. He's 12. I named him Malcolm because it meant "Gentle Servant." I want him to be a great man by serving people. He certainly is well on his way. By the way, I've never met a weak man named Malcolm." Jul. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I was younger I was teased for my name - with variations on "talcum powder," "milkshake," and "Malcolm X." I went by Mal for years but lately have taken to "Malcolm." I like my name. My uncle Malcolm went by Mac - I sort of wish I had thought to adopt that as a moniker as I think it is about the most masculine name in the lexicon, but people constantly tell me "Malcolm" sounds like a strong and intelligent name, so again, I like it. Funny story - in my office years ago there was another Malcolm, and then we learned that there was a third Malcolm working in the mail room. We went to visit him - had pictures taken - the other two Malcolms thought this was great - probably the first time in history there had ever been three Malcolms in one room." Jun. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name! i was named after a guitarist named Malcolm Young. When i was younger i didn't really like my name because no one else had this name. But now that is the very reason why i love it. i have never met anyone named Malcolm in all of my 17 years that i have lived" Jan. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Malcolm. I was named after Malcolm X. However, the world has seen many great Malcolms, and I hope I can live up to it's legacy. I "wear" my name with a lot of pride." Oct. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have had this name for 49 years and have only met one other Malcolm and it was the last name. Growing up in Texas in 60's got some teasing for the name Malcolm X ect.. The name gets misspelled a lot Malcome always forgetting the 2nd l. Nickname by seniors has always been Mal. I like my name" Jul. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named after my grandfather Malcolm, but he was called Mac. Until grade six, I was called Malcolm, then my teacher who was from Chicago, asked me if my friends called me Mac, I always thought that it was a family custom, when my friends heard that Mac was short for Malcolm that was it, I have been called Mac ever since (46 years). I like both names, but probably prefer Mac because I introduce myself as Mac." May. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name like no other name. It's not my name, that's the reason i gave my son this name. The only problem is that people pronounce or spell it wrongly....Malcom, without second "L". Many People in Germany don't seem to know this name except the people that know the TV-Series "Malcolm mittendrin". I often call my boy "Malc". God bless all MALCOLMS." Jul. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "well my name is malcolm...duh,but some how people spell malcolm wrong.They spell it malcom or malcome,i really think people want to say mal come here,mal." Aug. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "People often spell Malcolm without the second "l" or have no idea how to spell it. It's a great name because it's recognizable (i.e. Malcolm X, Malcolm McDowell, etc...) and yet not terribly common, which makes it unique." May. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is malcolm and i like it becasue it speaks of power and intelligence, plus it is not that common." Sep. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Growing up in the the northeast US.. I would often be called, Malcolm X..Malcommasnisium a take on Milk of Magnesia, I think..Milem...Milkshake... so on and so on... However as I grew, I like the name more and more. I was called Micky, as a nick all my life. My mom said that she gave me the nickname because I am a junior, and she says that she thought that every time she called out Malcolm in the house...both my dad and I would come... cute mom. Anyhoo...Malcolm Addison J*^$%#@ is my full name." Apr. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a very proud new mother of a 4 month old boy we decided to name Malcolm. My husband and I just both liked the name...for some reasons mentioned here. We felt it was a very strong and unique name, but not too unique. We thought it was very distinguished. I hope and pray little Malcolm will love his name!" Jan. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Malky (abreviation of Malcolm) Frazer was a notorious leader of the infamous Glasgow razor gangs of the 50's...In Glasgow and the West of Scotland to "Malky" someone is to slash them across the face with a cut throat razor or knife (known in the area as a "chib". This story is incorporated into the 1996 movie "Small Faces" The gang war cry "Tongs Ya Bas!" still strikes fear into the hearts of elderly Glaswegians!!" Aug. 30, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. It's not totally generic like a lot of names, and yet it's not totally out there either. It's a name that i've always thought of as a name that not only invokes thoughts of strength, but also intelligence. Just my thoughts on my name." Aug. 6, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I want to start a Malcolm club. It's a name made for comedy. And also strength and mystery. I have been called "Mally" "MalMal" "maldito" ( which means something rude in some language...and once "Mountain" from an 7 year old girl. Just recently, as I was being called into the doctors office, when the receptionist called out " Malcolm, the doctor will see you now..." Myself and an older gentleman both stood up. We looked at eachother and burst into hysterics. He is white and 65, I am black and 33. Not much in common you might think, but this great rare name!" Jul. 14, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well, Malcolm is my name, and I'm usually nick-named Mal for short. Most people forget the second "l" when spelling it. I like having the name because not many people have I've only 3 other Malcolms in my lifetime." Jul. 5, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is my name, and people often think I said "Marco", or "Michael". I rarely met another Malcolm, though I've met more in Canada in the past 25 years than I did in the previous 25 years in Scotland. My father used to call me Calum when he'd had too much to drink! and my wife sometimes call me Malkie. I was actually named after my grannie, whose family name was Malcolm - she was born Mary Malcolm." Jun. 21, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "I have hated my name (malcolm) ever since I was a kid." May. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

      14 Neutral Comments

  • "jnvjfnvjfnvfjnggthelpmeeeeifvhfhttimbeingrpamapreofepokpodkockdoaowwwwwdedmv fm vheplp= eelpekfkvjfjbiibhv im finfnggdvjfn rim off ufuvv fvfujivj fojg fv ohhhh Malcolm....." Aug. 10, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I proudly named my one & only son Malcolm,after reading how other Malcolms' feel, I know I chose correctly,thank u:)" Sep. 23, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Malcom. No second l is the correct Scottish version of the name. Im always correcting people who spell it Malcolm. Yet i still love the name." Aug. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our baby boy Malcolm David. Malcolm is a Scottish name and means "follower of St. Columba" or "follower of the Dove." An excellent choice for Christians of Celtic heritage. It is a distinguished, intelligent- sounding, and very masculine name. You don't hear it much for younger people, but I think that adds to the charm. People assume it is a family name- which evokes solidarity." Mar. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Great name - 1) because it's my first name, 2) because in twenty-nine years of teaching I've never taught a Malcolm (unlike Sophie - I have one class with four Sophies in it!). Naming children is always a problem for teachers as the name gets associated in your mind with the pupil's character. So far, no Malcolms, so no bad vibes for this name!" Dec. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sounds very Boho Chic, this name does, and makes a great middle name for today's sons. It doesn't occur as a first name very often, though, and I think it'd be nice to see a name like Malcolm becoming popular again. Let's hope it doesn't become too popular, though." May. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Remember first time he told me Malcolm I forgot the second L so I kept on calling him Malcom, is great Celtic name, so cool because is strong very masculine ;) as a second name is very cool!!!" Mar. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Malcolm. I LOVE it so much because it's very distinctive, yet by no means a ridiculous name! It evokes intelligence and people seem to give you respect - who can blame them?" Mar. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name means "reverence to Columba" as in St. Columba. The first part "Mal" is the reverence prefix and Colm refers to Columbia. They say the name Callum is the same but it would only be the second part. I've never liked the name. It's also my father's name and he hated it. He was called Mac and I've gone by Mal (Mallie when I was a kid)(it's upsetting when people think it's Mel.) I also use Mael which is old gaelic. I used to introduce myself as "Mal, comes from Malcolm" and then I would be called Malcolm. If I said my name was Larry "comes from Lawrence" I'm sure I wouldn't be called Lawrence. Anyway, now I'm Mal "comes from Mael." As for colm, that can be someone else's name." Jul. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Not many people in Africa are known by the name Malcolm. my son is Malcolm but many people mis pronounce the name. the name is so beautiful and inspirin and chic! Long live all the Malcolms." May. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have been called Milkie by some of my friends, but is pretty cool because we have done that to all of my friends names." May. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "For the one who wrote: "I want to start a Malcolm club...": "maldito" is Spanish, and means "damned" or also "cursed"." Jan. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is called Malcolm, after my dad. We call him Mac or Mackie for short. I think it is a name that sounds strong and intelligent." Dec. 16, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am named Malcolm and have also been called Marco or Michael... I Read somewhere that the meaning of Malcolm in Roman times is Dove, or Worshiper of the Dove. Which I like. Now i see, Royal Blood, an interesting additon to the imagery... And Callum is also nice." Jul. 8, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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