Meaning and Origin of: Malcolm

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Scottish : Disciple of Saint Columbia
  • Arabic : Dove

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Scottish : from the Gaelic personal name Maol-Choluim‘devotee of (Saint) Columba’ (see Colomb).
  • Irish (Ulster) : Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maolcholuim ‘descendant of the devotee of St. Columba’ (Irish Colum Cille, literally ‘dove of the church’). In Ireland the personal name is often spelledColm; in Scotland it has become Calum.

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