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Quick Facts on Malachi

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 177
Simple meaning:
My messenger, my angel

Characteristics of Malachi

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Malachi

Malachi is a Biblical name borne by one of the twelve Minor Prophets in the Old Testament. The name is Hebrew in origin from “Mal'akhi” meaning ‘my messenger’ which is fitting since Malachi foretold the coming of God (i.e., through Jesus Christ). He lived in the 5th century B.C. and repeatedly emphasized the upcoming “day of the Lord” whereby the peoples’ sin and unfaithfulness will be punished. The religiously stern Puritans took up the name in the 17th century during the Reformation and eventually brought it to America. Malachi is also linked to the Irish name Malachy derived from the High King Maoileachlainn meaning ‘devotee of St. Seachnall’ (St. Seachnall was one of Saint Patrick's first companions). The 9th century King Maoileachlainn was notable for defeating Norse invaders in an important Irish battle. In medieval times the Irish Malachy became intertwined with the Biblical name Malachi but they are etymologically separate.

Popularity of the Name Malachi

The name Malachi has had an interesting ride on the American popularity charts. It shows up sporadically in the late 1800s and early 1900s but then disappears entirely from the charts in 1911. This hiatus from usage lasted for about 75 years. The name returns triumphantly in the late 1980s and climbs swiftly in popularity. Between 1989 and 2003, the name advances over 800 positions on the popularity charts in 15 years. What was once clearly Puritan passé has become stylish and fashionable. While Malachi has never managed to hit the Top 100 list of most commonly used boys’ names, its return to the charts is impressive enough. Similar to Elijah, Micah and Jonah, these Minor Prophets are becoming Major Players in the naming customs of America. We have a “message” for American parents from “my messenger” Malachi – take notice of this name! It’s off-beat, classically ancient, religiously significant and downright adorable.
Popularity of the Boy Name Malachi
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Malachi

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Malachi

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Malachi

    Malachi (Buck) Mulligan (Ulysses) Malachi is a character in James Joyce’s 1922 novel, Ulysses, and has the distinction of opening the book with the first sentence: “Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.” What he is doing in that opener is sacrilegious – he pretends to conduct a Mass. Malachi shares quarters with the novel’s protagonist, Stephen Dedalus, and also serves as a kind of counterpoint to Dedalus’ more introverted, brooding personality. A philosophical medical student, he is no lover of mankind, but he is a matchless and irreverent pursuer of the pleasures of mankind. In other words, a fun guy.

    Malachi Constant (The Sirens of Titan) Malachi is the protagonist of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s second novel, The Sirens of Titan, published in 1959. He is the richest and luckiest man of the 22nd century who leads a rather pointless existence, assuming his elevated status to be God-given – that is, until he is hurled into an interplanetary journey which opens his eyes to an essential truth about humanity. When all the trappings and machinations of the sci-fi genre are stripped away, we can see that it has led us, yet again, to a realization that the best way to live is with respect for ourselves and each other, and for the fragile planet upon which we, sometimes wantonly, dwell.

  • Popular Songs on Malachi

    Popular Songs on Malachi

    The Malachi Crunch - a song by NoFX

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Malachi

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Malachi

    Exile of the Chosen: God's Heroes from Solomon to Malachi (Sally Pierson Dillon) - Mark, the celestial watcher, is quivering with excitement clear to his wingtips as he records the stories of children who live through the most thrilling moments of Old Testament history. Recommended for ages young adult.

    The Malachi Mysteries: Wellington's Story (Sue Lowe-Lauri) - When a family from New Zealand embark on their holiday of a lifetime little do they realize what they are letting themselves in for. A traffic accident changes everything as the children, Rory & Sarah, are catapulted into another world full of famous figures from the past. Meanwhile, the Malachis of London (the returned spirits of statues) are preparing for their annual contest. However, the unexpected arrival of the two children means they have to change their plans to help them return to their own dimension with The Duke of Wellington, as witness to the children's accident, becoming their guardian angel. Will the children complete their quest in time or will they have to stay in the Malachi dimension forever? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Undercover Angels: Malachi's Battle (Elliot Dylan) - Malachi Stevens is your average teenage boy with a not so average problem. His best friend, Van, is being controlled by a demon. Malachi has his own problem with an angel, Patrick, telling him he needs to study his Bible more to help save Van. But, maybe with some help from Patience and Rosaline, and divine intervention, he just might be able to save his friend, and learn a little something about himself along the way. Recommended for ages young adult.

  • Famous People Named Malachi

    Famous People Named Malachi

    Famous People Named Malachi - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Malachi.

  • Children of Famous People Named Malachi

    Children of Famous People Named Malachi

    Famous People who Named their Son Malachi - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Malachi.

Personality of the Boy Name Malachi

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Malachi

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