Origin: Hebrew מַלְאָכִי
Meaning: “my messenger.”
The name is found in the Old Testament as the name of a prophet and the author of the Book of Malachi. He is known for his prophecies, in Christian tradition it is believed that his prophecies foretell the coming of Christ.
Its Irish form of Malachy has always been a common name in Ireland. It was borne by an early Irish saint who is also considered a prophet and a mystic. Though, it is sometimes suggested that Malachy is an anglicized form of Máel Sechlainn.
Currently, Malachi is the 163rd most popular male name in the United States, (2010).
Other forms of the name include:
- Maleachi (Afrikaans/German)
- Malaquies (Catalan)
- Malachiáš (Czech/Slovak)
- Malachias (Dutch/German/Greek)
- Malachie (French)
- Malachy (Irish)
- Malachia (Italian)
- Malachiasz (Polish)
- Malahija Мала́хия (Russian/Serbian)
- Malaki (Scandinavian)
- Malaquías (Spanish)