Celebrity Baby Names: Malcolm McDowell - Family Education

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Malcolm McDowell


First name origin: Scottish

First name meaning: Disciple of Saint Columbia


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Last name origin: Scottish and Irish

Last name meaning: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Dubhghaill ‘son of Dubhghall’, a byname meaning ‘dark stranger’, used among the Gaels to distinguish the darker-haired Danes from fair-haired Norwegians. According to MacLysaght, this is the Irish form of the name of the Scottish clan McDougall, borne by a branch which went to Ireland from the Hebrides as mercenaries. However, Black shows that both forms were current in Scotland.


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