Malcolm

First Name
61k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
11k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Malcolm mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Malcolm

"Malcolm" is a name of Scottish origin, and it means "Follower of St. Columbus". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Wiktionary

Royal name in Scotland, anglicised from Goidelic Mael Coluim " devotee of (Saint) Columba".

  1. A male given name.
  2. A surname​.

Notable Persons Named Malcolm

MalcolmX was a minister and activist. MalcolmX was given the name Malcolm Little on May 19th, 1925 in , U.S. MalcolmX is also known as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz and (الحاجّ مالك الشباز). He passed away on February 21st, 1965.

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Malcolm Turnbull is an office holder.

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Malcolm McDowell is an actor. He was most active from 1964 to present. Malcolm was given the name Malcolm John Taylor on June 13th, 1943 in Horsforth.

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Mac Miller is a hip hop music musician. He was most prominent from 2007 to 2007. Mac was given the name Malcolm James McCormick on January 19th, 1992 in Pittsburgh. Mac is also known as EZ Mac, Larry Fisherman, Larry Lovestein, The Velvet Revival, Delusional Thomas, McCormick, and Malcolm James (real name).

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Malcolm Gladwell is a writer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1987 to present. Malcolm was given the name Malcolm Timothy Gladwell on September 3rd, 1963 in Fareham, Hampshire, United Kingdom.

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Malcolm Young is a hard rock, blues rock, rock, and roll musician, songwriter, and producer. He plays Guitar, Gretsch G6131, Gretsch, Fender Telecaster, Gibson L6-S, and Vocals. His most notable accomplishments were from 1969 to 2014. Malcolm was given the name Malcolm Mitchell Young on January 6th, 1953 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Malcolm

Cedella Marley Booker was a reggae, ska, soul music, and gospel music musician. Cedella was given the name Sidilla Editha Malcolm on July 23rd, 1926 in Saint Ann Parish. She breathed her last breath on April 8th, 2008.

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Kate was given the name Catherine Wilson Malcolm on March 10th, 1847 in Liverpool, England. Kate is also known as Katherine Wilson Malcolm. She died on July 13th, 1934.

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Bridget Malcolm is a model (people). Bridget was born in Perth.

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Robyn Malcolm is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1988. Robyn was born on March 15th, 1965 in Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand.

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Christopher Malcolm was an actor, director, producer, artistic director, theatrical producer, and directorandproducer. He was most prominent from 1968 to 2011. Christopher was born on August 19th, 1946 in Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. He left this life on February 15th, 2014.

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John Malcolm was a sea captain. John was born in England. He passed away in 1788.

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How popular is the baby name Malcolm in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 18 0 18
1881 17 0 17
1882 20 0 20
1883 23 0 23
1884 18 0 18
1885 14 0 14
1886 25 0 25
1887 21 0 21
1888 26 0 26
1889 27 0 27
1890 27 0 27
1891 31 0 31
1892 30 0 30
1893 27 0 27
1894 34 0 34
1895 33 0 33
1896 48 0 48
1897 30 0 30
1898 40 0 40
1899 35 0 35
1900 55 0 55
1901 35 0 35
1902 52 0 52
1903 48 0 48
1904 46 0 46
1905 65 0 65
1906 48 0 48
1907 54 0 54
1908 78 0 78
1909 83 0 83
1910 86 0 86
1911 140 0 140
1912 233 0 233
1913 293 5 288
1914 317 0 317
1915 464 0 464
1916 476 0 476
1917 544 0 544
1918 508 0 508
1919 504 5 499
1920 556 0 556
1921 599 0 599
1922 548 0 548
1923 623 0 623
1924 639 0 639
1925 627 9 618
1926 629 0 629
1927 623 9 614
1928 665 0 665
1929 606 7 599
1930 557 0 557
1931 588 5 583
1932 572 0 572
1933 526 0 526
1934 498 0 498
1935 545 0 545
1936 531 0 531
1937 501 0 501
1938 542 0 542
1939 523 0 523
1940 548 0 548
1941 497 0 497
1942 576 0 576
1943 677 5 672
1944 549 0 549
1945 511 0 511
1946 626 0 626
1947 630 0 630
1948 549 0 549
1949 520 0 520
1950 541 0 541
1951 592 5 587
1952 602 0 602
1953 554 5 549
1954 594 0 594
1955 595 0 595
1956 568 0 568
1957 561 0 561
1958 601 0 601
1959 499 0 499
1960 545 0 545
1961 524 0 524
1962 520 0 520
1963 485 0 485
1964 471 0 471
1965 613 0 613
1966 454 0 454
1967 429 0 429
1968 422 0 422
1969 441 0 441
1970 542 5 537
1971 527 7 520
1972 457 6 451
1973 395 5 390
1974 337 0 337
1975 368 0 368
1976 337 0 337
1977 327 0 327
1978 296 0 296
1979 295 5 290
1980 260 0 260
1981 273 0 273
1982 300 0 300
1983 222 0 222
1984 280 0 280
1985 386 0 386
1986 536 8 528
1987 638 5 633
1988 752 11 741
1989 904 0 904
1990 1,163 5 1,158
1991 1,306 7 1,299
1992 1,495 0 1,495
1993 1,224 0 1,224
1994 979 0 979
1995 888 0 888
1996 841 0 841
1997 766 0 766
1998 702 0 702
1999 712 0 712
2000 715 0 715
2001 614 0 614
2002 581 0 581
2003 507 0 507
2004 444 0 444
2005 448 0 448
2006 468 0 468
2007 453 0 453
2008 482 0 482
2009 432 0 432
2010 495 0 495
2011 524 0 524
2012 584 0 584
2013 648 0 648
2014 681 0 681
2015 739 0 739
2016 780 0 780
2017 804 0 804

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Popularity of Malcolm as a first name

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Popularity of Malcolm as a last name

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Common last names for Malcolm

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Campbell
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Macdonald
  • Anderson
  • Taylor
  • Clark
  • Moore
  • Stewart
  • Wilson
  • Graham
  • Thomas
  • Hall
  • Robinson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Malcolm U.S.
  White 65.17% 64.26%
  African American 29.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.41% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.70% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.70% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.19% 16.26%

Of Last Name Malcolm

People with the last name Malcolm are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Malcolm

  • What name lists does Malcolm rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Malcolm? Malcolm is the 882nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Malcolm was the 3,364th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Malcolm have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 61,372 babies born with the first name Malcolm in the United States. That's more than enough people named Malcolm to occupy the territory of Greenland (Denmark) with an estimated population of 56,749 (as of January 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Malcolm? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 18 new born babies.
  • When was Malcolm first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Malcolm is Friday, October 1st, 1813.
  • What year had the most people named Malcolm born? The highest recorded use of the first name Malcolm was in 1992 with a total of 1,495 babies. That's a lot of babies named Malcolm!
  • Random Malcolm Factoid: According to the 1931 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Malcolm ranks 92nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Maine. Imagine that, 15 babies in Maine have the same name as you in 1931.
  • Weird things about the name Malcolm: Your name in reverse order is Mloclam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mcmallo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Malcolm? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 10,618 people with the last name Malcolm.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Malcolm? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Malcolm as their last name.

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  • 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).
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