Quick Facts on Malik
- African-American, Arabic
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Malik
Malik is said to be an Arabic word and title meaning "king, sovereign’. Mālik is also a possible variant of Maalik meaning “owner, possessor’. Al-Malik (literally 'The King') is one of the names of Allah in the Islamic religion. This is a name popular among Arabs and other ethnicities primarily restricted to the east. Malik has never been a popular name among English speakers, except for African-Americans.
Popularity of the Name Malik
The name Malik first entered the U.S. popularity charts in 1970. This was shortly after the 1965 repeal of the National Origins Act of 1924 – which had previously set strict quotas on non-European immigration to the United States. This created a large wave of Arab immigration when hundreds of thousands of people came from Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Tunisia, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and the Palestinian areas. This has resulted in more and more names of Arabic origin climbing onto the charts (such as Amir, Muhammad, Karīm). Furthermore, during the Black Power movement in America of the 1970s, African-Americans began adopting names of their original African/Muslim ancestry. It seems clear that the African-American basketball player Malik Rose has played a significant role in the rapid popularity of this name in particular. In 1997, Malik Rose was traded to the San Antonio Spurs and became an immediate stand-out player (admired for his undersized hustle and defense). As a name, Malik has also seen the most success in states with the highest concentration of blacks (Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, and the Carolinas for instance). The name sounds ethnic and offbeat to most Americans, but it’s a strong and confident choice. This “kingly” name suggests the coming of success.
Popularity of the Boy Name Malik
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Malik
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Malik
Malik We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Malik.
Popular Songs on Malik
Malik - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Malik.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Malik
Malik and the Magnificent Glowing Light (Vincent L. Johnson, M.D.) - Malik loves to spend time with his father. As a construction worker, his dad is often busy. But one afternoon, Malik and his father find time to build a great science project! Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Malik
Famous People Named Malik - Malik Allen (basketball player); Malik Hairston (basketball player); Malik Jackson (football player); Malik Meraj Khalid (former Prime Minister of Pakistan); Malik Rose (basketball player); Malik Sealy (basketball player); Malik Yoba (actor)
Children of Famous People Named Malik
Famous People Who Named Their Son Malik - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Malik.
Malik - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Malik - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Malik.
Personality of the Boy Name Malik
The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged. They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.
Variations of the Baby Name - Malik