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Malcolm X - originally Malcolm Little when he was born in 1925 - changed his name in 1952 after he moved to Chicago. The reason driving his change of name was the fact that he joined the Nation of Islam. African American followers of Mohammed knew that their family names were not their true last names, but a name that had been given to their ancestors when they were shipped as slaves to America - the custom at that time was for white slave owners to give their own last name to their slaves as a sign of ownership. Therefore, Islamist African Americans changed their last names to 'X' as a sign that they repudiated the actions of the former slave owners, and as a mark for 'unknown' since their real family name was not recorded. Later in his life, Malcolm earned the Muslim name El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, after the required hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca.

He joined the Nation of Islam

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The meaning of Malcolm is "devotee of Saint Columba". Scottish Gaelic. โ€“ thinkbabynames
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Malcam Pronunciation of Malcam as a name for boys is of Hebrew derivation, and Malcam means "my king". Malcam is a variant form of Malki (Hebrew, a Semitic language similar to Arabic). โ€“ thinkbabynames
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He joined the Nation of Islam.

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What is the X for in Malcolm's name?

He changed his name from Malcolm Little to Malcolm X because he felt that his former old name, Malcolm Little, was a slave name. He changed it to X when he converted to Islam.


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