First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meanings and Origins

What does the name Macaulay mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Macaulay

"Macaulay" is a name of Scottish origin, and it means "Son of the Battle Chief". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. English historian noted for his history of England (1800-1859)

From Scotland, an anglicisation of the Gaelic Mac Amhalghaidh ("son of Amhalghaidh"). From Ireland, an anglicisation of the Gaelic Mac Amhlaoibh ("son of Amhlaoibh") or Mac Amhlaidh ("son of Amhlaidh"). These Gaelic names are derived from the Old Norse personal name Áleifr and Óláfr

  1. A surname​ of Gaelic origin.

Notable Persons Named Macaulay

Macaulay Culkin is an actor and musician. He has been prominent since 1985. Macaulay was given the name Macaulay Carson Culkin by his parent Kit Culkin on August 26th, 1980 in New York City.


Macaulay Gillesphey is a soccer player for the Carlisle United F.C., Newcastle United F.C., Newcastle United F.C. Reserves, and Academy. Macaulay was born on November 24th, 1995 in Ashington, England.


Macaulay Herbert is a sports team member for the Tuffley Rovers F.C.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Macaulay

The Lord Macaulay was an office holder. The was born on October 25th, 1800 in Leicestershire, England. He died on December 28th, 1859.


Sarah Brown is a famed somebody. Sarah was given the name Sarah Jane Macaulay on October 31st, 1963 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England. Sarah is also known as Sarah Macaulay.


Herbert Macaulay was a politician, engineer, architect, journalist, and musician.He was most prominent from 1891 to 1946. Herbert was given the name Olayinka Badmus Macaulay by his parent Thomas Babington Macaulay (Nigeria) on November 14th, 1864 in Lagos. He passed away on May 7th, 1946.


David Macaulay is a writer. David was born on December 2nd, 1946 in Lancashire, England, UK.


Marc Macaulay is an influential person. He has been prominent since 1985. Marc was born on October 13th, 1957 in Millinocket, Maine. Marc is also known as Marc MacAulay, Marc MacCaulay, Marc MacCauley, Marc Macauley, Marc McCauley, and Mark McCulley.


Lawrence MacAulay is a Solicitor General of Canada, Minister of Labour, Minister of Agriculture (Canada), Minister of Employment, Workforce, and Labour. His most notable accomplishments were from 2015 to 2002. Lawrence was born on September 9th, 1946 in St. Peters Bay, Prince Edward Island.


Where is the name Macaulay popular?

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Popularity of Macaulay as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Macaulay U.S.
  White 89.06% 64.26%
  African American 6.02% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.21% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.47% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.90% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.34% 16.26%

Of Last Name Macaulay

People with the last name Macaulay are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Macaulay

  • How Popular is the name Macaulay? Macaulay is the 27,008th most popular name of all time. As a last name Macaulay was the 12,174th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Macaulay have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 192 babies born with the first name Macaulay in the United States. That's more than enough people named Macaulay to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Macaulay? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1990 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Macaulay first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Macaulay is Tuesday, January 30th, 1894.
  • What year had the most people named Macaulay born? The highest recorded use of the first name Macaulay was in 1992 with a total of 36 babies.
  • Random Macaulay Factoid: According to the 1992 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Macaulay is not a popular baby boy's name in Iowa. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Iowa have the same name as you in 1992.
  • Weird things about the name Macaulay: Your name in reverse order is Yaluacam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Caaumayl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Macaulay? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,560 people with the last name Macaulay.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Macaulay? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Macaulay as their last name since less than 1 person in 115k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.