Malachi meaning

: Messenger Of God

Malachi Name Information

Gender 🧑 Boy
Pronunciation 📣 \m(a)-la-chi\
Number of People 👶 51,000
Rate in 2021 286
Numerology 🔢 11
Name origin 🌍 Hebrew
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Malachi Name Meaning

Malachi is a Biblical name handed down 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 appropriate since Malachi foretold the coming of God (ie through Jesus Christ). He lived in the 5th century BC and repeatedly emphasized the coming “day of the Lord” by which peoples' sin and infidelity will be punished. The religiously stern Puritans took the name in the 17th century during the Reformation and eventually brought it to America. Malachy is also related to the Irish name Malachy derived from High King Maoileachlainn meaning 'devoted to Saint Seachnall' (Saint Seachnall was an early companion of Saint Patrick). The 9th century King Maoileachlainn was notable for defeating the Norse invaders in a major Irish battle. In the Middle Ages the Irish Malachy was intertwined with the Biblical name Malachy but they are etymologically separate.


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The number 11 is a master number, and it embodies the elevated traits of the two. This personality is life on a journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Eleven has a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to light up the world around them. It is a very powerful responsibility, but these people have much greater potential than they know. You must give yourself to the highest ideals. They can see the bigger picture, and they possess the ability to inspire others spiritually. Eleven have great diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers.


Malachi's name has had an interesting ride up the US popularity charts. It shows up sporadically in the late 1800s and early 1900s but then disappears from the charts altogether in 1911. This hiatus in use lasted about 75 years. The name makes a triumphant return in the late 1980s and quickly rises in popularity. Between 1989 and 2003, the name advanced more than 800 positions on the popularity charts in 15 years. What was once clearly puritanical passé has become stylish. While Malachi has never managed to hit the Top 100 list of most-used boys' names, her return to the charts is pretty impressive. We have a "message" for American parents from "my messenger" Malachi - take note of this name! It's off-beat, classic, vintage, religiously significant, and downright lovable.

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01/14/2024 00:00:00

I'm 21 weeks pregnant and just found out It's a boy so we are calling him Malachi Rueben. My husband and I are both Christians and our other children all have biblical names

01/14/2024 00:00:00

I just love the'sound of this name, it is very unique. I am considereing the name "Malachi James" if I have a boy. My concern is that it is so rare that people will often mispronounce it.

01/14/2024 00:00:00

I just gave birth to a son and we named him Malakai. I wanted something biblical but I also wanted it to hint at his polynesian heritage. So we spelled it to look similar to molokai(the island)

01/14/2024 00:00:00

My son is 13 and he is named Malachi. We named him this because we loved that it meant messenger from God and that it was uncommon. We rarely run into anyone with this name. The only bad side I see is that'some people mispronounce it.

01/14/2024 00:00:00

I plan on naming my kid malachi, Kai, or Kye for short. that's friggin awesome.

12/22/2023 17:43:04

we are going to name our new daughter Hayley Jade we think its a gr8 name

12/12/2023 06:26:34

I'm twelve weeks pregnant. Before I became pregnant I dreamed I had a son named Malachi. I am certain if my newborn is a boy he will be named Malachi! Its just a beautiful name to me!

11/24/2023 20:14:20

my bf says he wants to name his 1st boy malechi and i dont know the name i only know malachi. is he getting the'spelling wrong ❤️ or is tht a name aswell..❤️❤️

10/26/2023 18:50:26

I'm 19 weeks pregnant and just found out thats its a boy. We decided straight away that he is a Malikai. Different spelling but It'sounds the'same. We think it is a really strong name and perfect for him.

10/23/2023 11:11:48

im thinking of naming my 1st born my native land, Uganda , malaika means angel....and in biblical histoy, malakaI'means messenger....isnt an angel a messenger fom God❤️ son will be my own angel.

09/26/2023 19:41:40

My five month old is named Malachi too! Its a beautiful strong name. MalachI'means messenger from God and also angel from does not get any better than that. Alot of people when I was pregnant brought up the "Children Of The Corn" movie..that drove me crazy!! I had someone even say "Don't name your kid that!"cause of the movie. Anyways..We love the was the only name we agreed opon.

09/19/2023 19:17:46

Malachi is a bibical name and he was the last minor prophet of the Old Testament. Read Malachi 1:1. Malachi, is a very strong, wonderful name. i've only known of one Malachi, he was a teenager who held a summer job where I worked. He held up to his name; he was a very dedicated, super kid!

09/17/2023 11:27:26

Just named our boy Malachi because my wife and i liked it. The response from family has been lees than enthusiastic. My mom said, "Malachi❤️!" Like, whay would you do that❤️ Anyway WE like it and he is an angel.

09/13/2023 06:21:34

i am calling my son malachi but i am spelling it malachai i love it

09/06/2023 08:54:00

I named my first son that name because it has a very strong meaning to it. many people I know whom ask for his name have commented how unique and strong his name is. He will be 1yrs old this March 07

08/22/2023 17:24:32

I had my son in July 2018, we picked out the name Malachi. We loved it from the moment we saw it. Our whole goal was not to have pick a name that was too common or too different. We paired it with the name of my Grandfather Eugene for a middle name. Samantha

08/01/2023 15:37:34

we have just named our son lI'm Kai. It's a modern name and out of all the people that have heard the KaI'middle part. "wow" they say...original cool and modern.

07/28/2023 12:52:46

My name is malachi! my nick name is mucha-lucha-ki, or mally. i only know one other kid named malachi.

07/22/2023 18:09:50

Love the name.. am going to use it if i have a baby boy.. although with use Malachi, as here in New Zealand, kai is the Maori word for food,which everyone says instead of food!! So, might be a bit of fuel for the teasing fire!

07/13/2023 16:05:54

This is a very popular name among those of us born in the mid-seventies, but all the "Amys" I knew have grown into beautiful and accomplised women.

06/15/2023 17:44:16

My Husband and I named our son "Malachy" in 2018 when he was born. I'myself never heard of the name before and wasn't sure if I really wanted it. However now after two years of him being called Malachy, I wouldn't have it any other way. he's the only Malachy we know, and such a strong name. The poor kids gets called everything but his right name most of the time. But he's a unique little boy, born with SIt's i'versus, which is organ reversal also very unique! LOVE IT!

06/09/2023 22:43:42

It is a very powerful name and fits very well with my son.

06/03/2023 01:33:46

I recently had a baby boy and my wife and i named him Malachy. We prefered the pronounciation of Malachi, which from what i have learned is Mal-ak-eye. But prefered the'spelling of Malachy, which is supposed to be mal-ak-eee. So his name is Malachy....but apparently wrongly pronounced. Also, there is alot of Irish in our family, mostly her'side, so we went with the Irish spelling (malachy) as apposed to Malachi which is hebrew. Tyson R

05/16/2023 03:00:56

My baby's name is Malachi and people always pronounce it wrong. Half of them spell it right and half spell it wrong. It's pronounced "Malakai" with a hard "k" sound like in kite. My brother's friend named his baby this same name and spells it with the "-kai" to lessen'the amount of people who mispronounce it.

04/25/2023 16:48:32

In 2006 I gave birth to a healthy baby boy. We didn't have a name picked out but I liked the name "Malachi James" as well did my husband and family. Back then it was not a very popular name but we truly loved its meaning. Growing up it never'seemed to bother Malachi but now He is 17 years old and involved in high school sports where all "Away" games his name'seems to get mispronounced. Most of the time it doesn't bother MalachI'much but recently he has been upset when'they pronounce it "Maleekee". We just think if you are in a position where you are responsible for announcing peoples names at least make an effort to ASK someone how it is pronounced before putting it on the airwaves persay. Some people dont even'try and pronounce it MaKayla or Michael...not even close. We looked at possibly going with a different spelling just to aid the "uneducated" ones that have NO clue on how to properly pronounce Malachi but came to the conclusion that maybe just 1 person will get curious and look up the name and see the meaning and something great might come out of it! We may have his name listed on the roster as M.J for short on the away games just for fun. Who knows...they might think he is named after Michael Jordan. LOL. and at least get that right.

04/19/2023 20:19:48

Beautiful name. If I have a boy, I will name him Malachy, after the aborted baby boy who is in heaven'today.

04/13/2023 22:58:10

We saw the name Jaden in Oregonian newspaper article several months before my son was born in 1996 (added "y" to eliminate confusion on pronounciation). Friend Chris Hatton wrote Star Trek episode in 2006 using my son's name for Data character who had lost his memory. My son is now 28 & has autographed copy of script. Holly Davis, Boise ID

04/12/2023 19:38:16

My son's name is Malachi. Unfortunately, not everyone is familiar with the name. So, it is often mispronounced and misspelled. People wonder whether It's Italian or Hawaiian, etc. They also ask, "What is his nickname going to be❤️" I tell them that we just call him Malachi. His sister calls him "Mal" sometimes. We'll just see if a nickname emerges and sticks. Not everyone has to have one. I love the name we chose, though. I hope my son (3 mo. old) also grows up loving it!

04/09/2023 10:31:28

I have a almost 2 year old son named Malakai. I chose this spelling because he is 1/2 Hawaiian and KaI'means Sea (sure to be his nick name) and he is a Pisces so it all just fit ! I love this name and think it is a strong, original name!

04/08/2023 10:43:10

I think It's a beautiful name. Sadly, in France, it would lend itself to a very nasty play on words. It would be on my list if I lived in the USA.

03/28/2023 14:20:02

my name is spelt like the example above, people sometimes unaware of the name may call me malachi, with ch as in chicken. it is annoying, and sometimes i have to spell it out. but i like it as it is rare in australia and people find it fascinating

03/25/2023 09:55:22

I am thinking about naming my son Malachi when he is born in April I can't think of a middle name, though. Any suggestions❤️

03/25/2023 00:31:06

i really love the name and i will be calling my son malakai ruben in April x

03/13/2023 06:23:06

Would not want to spend _my_ life being mistaken for a Jessie!

03/04/2023 12:32:54

My husband and I are naming our son Malachy when he's born. We're Irish, and we'll pronounce it Mal-uh-kee. Such a strong name- we love it.

03/02/2023 10:52:52

My son is Malachi. he's 11, so was named before the upward trend. Many people commented on the name being from "Children of the Corn" or from the Bible, but actually I just felt that the name has a nice masculine strong feel to it, and is unique. Often'though, the pronunciation by othe's unfamiliar with the name has to be corrected. Most often people want to call him Ma-lo-chee. Great name.

02/16/2023 23:00:56

My best friends mum just had twins and named the boy Malachi, but they spelt it Malachai. The name is irish for Michael they found out. There is a freaky story behind the name though. My friends grandmother died before the twins were born, she begged my friends mother to name the boy Michael, but she refused to, then'two days after'she died the babies were born. They named him Malachai and the girl Faith. It wasnt until 2 months after they named him the found out it was irish for Michael.

02/05/2023 11:20:52

My name is Malachi. I am 100% Irish and hate the way any american I'mediately assumes It's pronunciation to be Malakye ; whereas it is actually pronounced Malakee (much better :P ). and a note for the comment which claimed Malachi is irish for Michael : i am fluent in Irish and can'tell you that it is definitely wrong :P the irish for Michael is Mıchıil (pronounced Meehaul). also, the irish for Malachi is Maoilsheachlainn (depending on the dialect it is usually pronounced mwail-hac-linn) Malachi is definitely an awesome name :) i rarely ever meet anyone else with the'same name as me so it is truly a unique name :)

01/25/2023 17:36:26

my son will be 8 and when we named him Malachi we got a lot of stares and a lot why would you name this child this man name. i replied all little boys grow up to be men. i love the name and the'strong meaning behind it

01/07/2023 11:42:46

i love this name'so much ive wanted to call my son it ever'since i was about 11 /12 i think he will be called malachi i wanted a strong name i also like the name dempsey

12/16/2022 06:53:32

My husband and I are considering this name for if we have a boy. Our concern is that it has recently become rather trendy.

12/01/2022 03:03:28

I love my name and plan to call my first son Malachi.

11/20/2022 02:15:50

My Great-Grandson is named Malachi & short version is Kye.

11/19/2022 04:30:58

i am having a son in july, and my girlfriend and i have chosen Malachi as his name............ thumbs up!

11/05/2022 16:56:40

My nephew's name is Malikye- said the'same way, just different spelling.

11/01/2022 20:39:48

I am going to name my son Malachi if I have one. I think it has a great meaning.

10/24/2022 15:27:50

My husband and I picked out the name Malachi about 3 years ago. We were literally flipping through the Bible with my parents and found it! Now, we're pregnant with little Malachi and can't wait to see him!! We're due 6/7/08!!

09/21/2022 02:12:30

my new grandson was born on 2.2.07 and he has been named Malachi, an i love it. his great granddad was irish and my kids have irish names too. it has not been reci'ved well by most people, but who cares. Its a lovely name for a lovely baby.

09/13/2022 00:14:30

at first i was gonna name my son malakai (malachi - original hebrew name)... but then after thinking about it... the name'sounded TOO strong, too stern... so i went with the irish malachy version, bc its more light-hearted (happy drunk, if you will). which is good, cuz that'strong a name on that'strong-willed boy would be too razor sharp an edge for the world to handle!

09/10/2022 02:53:02

Before I'meet my husband. I did not know that I would ever remarry any one ever again. Before any thing I was sleeping very tired. So I fell asleep and while I was sleeping I heard a man voice so calm and soft whispered to me that I was going to have a baby boy and that his name'shall be Malachi. My son now is 17 month's now.

08/17/2022 09:28:12

I named my son Malachi Airic when he was born. I think that when he gets older, we will call him Airic, or let him choose for himself. My husband calls him Ky

05/27/2022 12:57:54

Why cant they bring the name back G L O RI A I think Emma is worse

05/20/2022 04:22:12

I named my now 12 year old son Malachi Nathaniel. Many people may not be impressed or pleased with this but although I grew up with Christian roots, I also grew up with a deep love of the horror genre ❤️ and when I was around 12-13 years old, I had read Stephen King❤️s short story ❤️Children of the Corn❤️ and really liked the name. And then when I had the opportunity to meet the actor who played Malachi in the movie (Courtney Gains), I decided then'that I would name my first son Malachi. At the'same time, I was aware that the name is also from the Bible as being one of the twelve minor prophe's, and the last book of the Old Testament. So for me it was a sort of win-win. Then when I became pregnant with my first (and only) child and found out he was a boy, I ran the name by my husband (who has a son named Damien from a previous marriage....) and he was I'mediately on board with the name for our son. As I'mentioned, being a horror genre fan for most of my life, it was even more fitting to have had our son on October 27, 2018 - only four days before Halloween. And so now, every year we❤️ve celebrated his birthday with fun Halloween'themes - and really works well as his friends are already pumped up for the holiday that It's kind of like an extra bonus that they wouldn't have otherwise had. My entire family loves his name, although I'may have stuck to only the one side of why I named him Malachi (as being from the Bible) - but now that he's older, i've explained both reasons to him - especially now that he is following in my love of the horror genre too. Of course, though, he definitely has it mispronounced by many folks who aren't familiar with it. But because he's such a patient, great kid he Isn't bothered by it one bit. In fact, he told me he loves his name because he is the only kid in his entire school who doesn't have to write his last name (which is a long, difficult 9-letter word), ha. Hey, whatever works. Before I wrote this, I asked him to rate how much he liked his name on a scale of 1-10, and after thinking for a second, responded with ❤️10❤️. Additionally, he does go by any nicknames - as I wanted him to have that choice and allow him and friends to come up with whatever felt natural. So far, nothing has stuck to my knowledge - although when in a hurry texting someone, I sometimes just write ❤️Mal❤️ for short. But i've never actually called him that in person. For some reason though he absolutely abhors the nickname ❤️Kai❤️ - which I completely love - and I only know this because we❤️ve talked about nicknames a few times and I always bring that one up and he always responds with repulsion, ha. But I do love that'shortened form of the name and kind of wish I had started calling him by it when he was younger - but like I said, I❤️d much rather he have a choice in it anyway. Lastly, he his middle name from his uncle (my youngest brother) who also has that middle name. Although not that important and definitely not intentional, his initials are M-N-M. The day he was born, his pawpaw (my dad) brought him a little bag of Peanut M&Ms; - because Malachi is and always will be his ❤️peanut❤️. I still have them too.

02/10/2022 05:56:42

AWESOME NAME. I knew one Malachi and he loved the name. He liked to be called "KYE" but had a hard time finding a spelling that people got. Chi didn't work of course. Maybe Kai or Kye❤️ I think that is very cool!

02/01/2022 06:00:18

My name is malachi! i always wondered why i was named such a thing❤️

01/24/2022 09:30:54

My 11 month old sons name MalachI'moises (his middle name is his grandpas on his dad's side, he's from Mexico. Pronounced moy ses. Mexican version of Moses) I absolutely love the name Malachi and everyone we meet says its beautiful. Have had it mispronounced twice though

12/30/2021 22:05:06

I am named Malachi and have never met someone with my same name. I go by Kai (pronounced Kye). I love my name because It'sounds very masculine and powerful. The only bad part is that a lot of people will try and pronounce my name Muh-lah-chee, instead of Mal-ih-kye. I love how unique my name is

12/26/2021 03:42:36

We named our son, Quinnlan, but call him Quinn for short. We absolutely love this name and so does our son. Its a very masculine name, therefore I dont get why people name their daughter Quinn! :/

12/11/2021 05:56:42

It's my name. I'm nicknamed Kai (pronounced Kye). I really like the name.

12/09/2021 04:32:06

I love the name, but anyone that hasn't heard it before will most certainly say "chi" instead of "kai".

11/21/2021 20:12:36

well i had been born in 1967,given'the name pamela..that i love..everyone i tell my name to.. just say.. o how nice..then call me pam!! then i get cross and say its p.a.m.e.l.a.that'stops them! ha best wishes pamela

11/16/2021 09:21:54

I recently gave birth to a beautiful boy, whom my husband and I named Maliki (pronounced like MalachI'mal-a-Keye). We liked the way this looked better than Malachi. Everyone calls him Ma-Lee-Key though which is a pain. I'm thinking about changing the'spelling.

11/07/2021 16:44:42

I see this name as being uniqe and special. My little nephew has the'same name. I think it would fit his personality very well.

09/21/2021 00:04:48

Yes, now i don't feel alone anymore. I reallly thought I was the only Rachelle. It is actually very frustratng though because I usually introduce myself as Rachel just so I don't get Michelle or Rochelle which is very annoying. Than I have my friends who go all like so what is your name Rachelle or Rachel. it is very frustrating but I love my name and would'nt change it for the world!!

09/17/2021 20:08:06

I am due to have a baby boy in May of 2020. His name will be 'Malachi' but I will be spelling the name 'Malikye'. I am hebrew and thought it a great name.

07/19/2021 08:01:48

I want to name my baby boy malakhi he will be born in Dec!!! Most of my family hate the name tho:(

07/10/2021 15:24:36

What a beautiful name!!! Can you sing❤️ sounds like a celebs name:)


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*️⃣ What is the origin of the name Malachi?
The origin of the name Malachi is Hebrew.
*️⃣ What is meaning of name Malachi?
Messenger Of God
*️⃣ How many people are named Malachi?
Almost 51000 people are named Malachi.
*️⃣ Which names are related to the name Malachi?
The names of John, Maria, Jesus, Alex, Antonio