National Malcolm Day – September 15, 2022

National Malcolm Day, celebrated on September 15 every year, is a special celebration that appreciates, honors, celebrates, and sheds the spotlight on everyone named Malcolm across the world. Do you know how many people are in the U.S. named Malcolm? According to stats, there were 1,160 baby boys named Malcolm in 2020 in the U.S. Malcolm is a common, yet one of the more unique names to give to a baby. So, what is the meaning of the name Malcolm? Were there any significant personalities in history who carried the name Malcolm? Read on to know more.

History of National Malcolm Day

The history of the origin of the name Malcolm goes a long way back. The name ‘Malcolm’ is the anglicized form of the Scottish-Gaelic ‘Mael Coluim.’ This name was created in honor of St. Columba, a very famous and important saint to the Scots. ‘Mael’ means ‘devotee of’ and ‘Coluim’ is the Scottish spelling of Columba. So, the name Malcolm translates to ‘devotee of Saint Columba’ or ‘follower of Saint Columba.’ St. Columba was a sixth-century Irish monk known for converting most of Scotland and Northern England to Christianity. St. Columba has always been one of the most popular saints in Scotland.

It was only during the Middle Ages the Scots began naming their children after venerated saints. However, unlike the rest of Europe, in Scotland, it was considered inappropriate to give a saint’s name directly to a child and so was generally prefixed with Mael or gille. Going back in history, the name Malcolm was shared among four Scottish kings, including Malcolm III, who was popularized in Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth.” It was only during the 1900s that the name Malcolm began spreading among other English-speaking nations.

Malcolm is a popular boy’s name in Scotland and many other parts of the world. There are many variations of the name Malcolm. Some of them are Malcolum, Malcolm, Malkolm, and Malkiel. Today in Scotland, Callum, a more modern Scottish form of Columba, is gaining popularity. Malcolm has a great appeal to a range of parents, with an image of a loving, caring, nurturing, and magnetic personality.

National Malcolm Day timeline

1898
American Novelist

Malcolm Cowley, a famous American novelist, poet, and literary critic, is born.

1919
The Forbes

Malcolm Forbes, the publisher of “Forbes” magazine, is born.

1925
The X- Factor

Malcolm X, American civil rights leader, is born.

1953
The Rhythm Maker

Malcolm Young, the Australian rhythm guitarist for AC/DC, is born.

National Malcolm Day FAQs

Is Malcolm a rare name?

No, Malcolm is not a rare name. It is one of the most popular names in the U.S. and there are thousands of people in the U.S. who are named Malcolm.

What does Malcolm mean in the Bible?

Malcolm means a ‘disciple of Saint Columba.’ This was the name of four kings of Scotland starting in the 10th century, including Malcolm III, who became king after killing Macbeth.

Is Malcolm a posh name?

Yes, Malcolm is a warm and welcoming Scottish appellation that fits into that golden circle of names that are distinctive but not at all odd. It is considered a royal name in Scotland.

National Malcolm Day Activities

  1. Celebrate Malcolm

    The best thing you can do to celebrate National Malcolm Day is by celebrating with all the Malcolms you know. Do you have a friend named Malcolm? Call him and let him know that you care.

  2. Treat yourself, Malcolm

    Wait a minute, are you a Malcolm? This is the perfect day of the year to plan your vacation or mini-vacation. Take a break from all the routine stuff and have this day for yourself.

  3. Throw a party

    If you are a Malcolm or if you know someone named Malcolm, invite all your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors and throw a party. National Malcolm Day is all about having fun!

5 Mind-Blowing Facts About Malcolms

  1. Top 300

    Malcolm is the 290th most popular boy's name in the U.S.

  2. Mr. Popular

    One out of every 1,579 baby boys born in 2020 is named Malcolm.

  3. They are all-time favorites

    Malcolm has maintained a position on the U.S. male naming charts since 1880.

  4. Malcolms attract money

    It is said that people named Malcolm have a personality that naturally attracts money.

  5. Family-oriented

    According to some, people named Malcolm are very loving and family-oriented.

Why We Love National Malcolm Day

  1. It’s a special day

    National Malcolm Day is a special day that the whole population of Malcolms expects year on year. During this celebration, Malcolms fill their hearts with happiness and peace and wish the same to everyone.

  2. It’s a day to celebrate

    Although National Malcolm Day is not that popular yet, it is an up-and-coming day. It’s a day to celebrate, enjoy and honor your friends named Malcolm and their role in your life.

  3. Everybody is unique

    Although there are hundreds of thousands of people named Malcolm in this world, everybody is unique. National Malcolm Day is one such day that reminds us that we all are unique as well as connected.

National Malcolm Day dates

YearDateDay
2022September 15Thursday
2023September 15Friday
2024September 15Sunday
2025September 15Monday
2026September 15Tuesday

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