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Some people that speak English will say the original spelling is Malachi, but the original spelling is Mal'Akhi because it is a Hebrew name meaning "my messenger". In Spanish it is Malaquias. I like the spelling Malakai because it should be pronounced correctly using English and Spanish and most other languages' pronunciations. I really prefer Malaki, but in Spanish it would sound like key at the end. I named my daughter Amiya thinking it would be obvious it was pronounced Ah-mee-yuh. So many, many people that speak English pronounce it like Amaya Uh-my-uh though. Hopefully she doesn't hate me for it! And hopefully I can do right by my son!
― Anonymous User  9/30/2018
Nobody should be allowed to leave negative comments about Malachi.

Malachi is a unique and a powerful Biblical name. So what if the name was used in an old horror movie. For goodness sake, it is only a "movie" and the name used by one of the characters... Why would anyone associate a pure biblical name to evil portrayed in a movie. Dah! It is only a movie which is fictitious and unreal. Malachi is engraved in the Bible which has been in existence for ages, even before the movie was made.

Mothers embrace this name and don't let anyone convince you that this name is negative. No it is not. It is a great name!

Parents should be more worried where their children's names are associated with a serial killers, rapist, terrorist etc.

Finally, all names are linked to one bad thing or the other but it does not define a child. A lot of people do not even know about this "old horror" movie, so why don't you keep your views about associating this name with the movie. Do not poison or deprive parents from naming their children this God given and blessed name.

I am sure we are aware of Jihadi John who is a terrorist, yet thousands of parents name their children "John" every day. Be wise! We are no longer in the ancient times, where movies are perceived as being real or a reflection of one's personality.
― Anonymous User  7/20/2017
I like this name because it's got its own character and unique pronoun. What's so shocking is that the first time I introduced my son by this name Malakai, some thought I said Malikhaya.
alimition  8/5/2016
I think this version is easier to pronounce because the first time I saw Malachi, I pronounced it as "MAL-ə-chai". When I saw this spelling, I knew the pronunciation was "MAL-ə-kie".
― Anonymous User  3/7/2016
Malakai (actually spelt Malachi) is a biblical name with the meaning 'Angel, messenger of god'.
My son's name is Malakai, and I actually *thought* I had made this spelling up myself, my OH had his heart set on the name but I knew people would call him how Malachi is spelt, and as my name is mainly always pronounced wrong, I didn't want my son to have to correct everyone, I love this way of spelling the name, I think it makes it more unique than it already is. The worst thing about this name, people shorten it to Mal or Kai!

No I am not biblical, yes my son's name is biblical but I am not. But my name is Callie, and I am not most beautiful either, so...
CallieGirl  9/4/2015
To me, this spelling looks feminized, but perhaps this is because I think of Kai as a feminine name. Definitely prefer Malachi.
― Anonymous User  2/10/2011
I dislike this misspelling of the traditional Malachi. And like somebody else said, I think that this spelling might be simpler for illiterate people to use. I also think that having "kai" at the end might appeal to the trendee crowd as it is getting very popular it seems.
― Anonymous User  7/17/2009
I'm pretty sure many people choose this spelling because they like the name Malachi, but doubt many people can spell it, but it just sort of seems like religious nuts who have heard plenty of sermons but never actually read the Bible to the extent of having seen this name on paper would choose, as they don't actually know the original spelling, and, come to think of it, aren't very good spellers in general. The name is very Biblical, so I have my ideas about people who use names like this.
slight night shiver  4/29/2008
I really like this name. I like the meaning, and I would definitely pick this spelling over Malachi. Something about the "C-h-i" spelling just seems evil to me.
skatergirl2  7/18/2007
Malakai is a character's name in the movie "Save the Last Dance". He is the best friend of the lead character Derek and a troubled adolescent gang-banger-wannabe. Malakai is played by the actor Fredro Starr.
soleta  4/19/2007
A Gothic term sometimes given to the first born of an elder. Means: Child Of Darkness.
MALAKAI  3/22/2007
I love this name, really like the way it sounds and the origins of it. I would use this spelling over the other, though I'm not usually one to like different spellings.
curious  12/4/2006

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