The name is derived from the Germanic name, Helmold, which is composed of the elements helm (helmut) and wald (ruler).
Malte‘s appearance was first recorded during the 1400s in Eastern Denmark and its popularity reached Sweden and Norway.
As of 2010, its Danish form of Malthe was the 15th most popular male name in Denmark, while Malte was the 56th most popular male name in Sweden, (2010).
Other forms of the name include:
- Malte (German/Scandinavian)
- Malti (Danish)
- Molte (Danish)
- Molti (Danish)