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
Malcolm Cowley, a famous American novelist, poet, and literary critic, is born.
Malcolm Forbes, the publisher of “Forbes” magazine, is born.
Malcolm X, American civil rights leader, is born.
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
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.
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.
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
Malcolm is the 290th most popular boy's name in the U.S.
One out of every 1,579 baby boys born in 2020 is named Malcolm.
They are all-time favorites
Malcolm has maintained a position on the U.S. male naming charts since 1880.
Malcolms attract money
It is said that people named Malcolm have a personality that naturally attracts money.
According to some, people named Malcolm are very loving and family-oriented.
Why We Love National Malcolm Day
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.
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.
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.
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