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Meaning disciple or servant of Columbia (metaphorically: peace, dove), variant of Malcolm. Callum is especially a Scottish name from the end of the Middle Ages.
-- Anonymous User  11/6/2005
I love this name so much I called my second son it. Callum Michael Alan. It has a nice ring to it.
-- leigh.r  11/30/2005
Callum McGregor is one of the two main characters in a novel called Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. It's a Romeo and Juliet style romance between a black girl called Persephone and Callum, who is white in a parallel world where black dominates white. It's incredibly moving.
-- hana  5/26/2006
I think the name Callum was an excellent choice on the author's part because the sound of the name suits him, as does the original meaning of "dove". Callum is selfless and noble and brave, and I think the etymology of the name enforces that.
-- idemandarecount  9/14/2007
I love the name Callum. I only met one boy with the name Callum 12 years ago and haven't seen the name since. Callum Reid sounds nice together.
-- Anonymous User  7/17/2006
I read 'Naughts and Crosses' and I didn't like the name after that.
-- Anonymous User  1/1/2007
Possible bearer of the name could be the character Cal Grady in Darren Shan's Demonata series. It is unknown whether 'Cal' is short for Callum - but it is possible.
-- 00Jayd-Dani  6/10/2008
Callum Blue is the cute English actor from the TV shows _Dead Like Me_ and _Secret Diary of a Call Girl_.
-- faye  1/24/2009
This name is also used in Ireland.
-- Anonymous User  8/22/2009
What? This is callus/callosity in Latin. Like, the thing in your feet.

And it makes me think in the adjective callous, which derives from the previous.
-- Renfawel  11/29/2009
I have NO idea why this is popular.
-- Aureliano  2/28/2010
I love this name. If I was a boy I would of been a Callum and I liked it then and I like it now especially after reading Noughts and Crosses. It's such a beautiful name.
-- CattyLoony  4/9/2010
My brother's name. It's common in the UK but it suits him and he's a great guy!
-- Anonymous User  5/3/2010
I really like this name. It's easy to say, yet still fairly strong. And I love the nickname Cal for a boy.
-- erb816  7/7/2010
Callum Blue is a British actor who was in the Princess Diaries 2 as Andrew Jacoby.
-- TABS  12/27/2010
Callum Ferguson (b 1984), Australian cricketer from Adelaide. He currently plays for South Australia.
-- keepitreal  1/14/2011
Not very common in the US, but I would not hesitate to name my son Callum to reflect my Scottish heritage. It's a beautiful name.
-- mrose19  8/14/2011
What the heck is this recently invented modern trash?! It sounds like column, and quite frankly will not age well at all.
-- Anonymous User  2/2/2013
"Modern trash?" This is not a made-up trendy name. It's an old name and reflects Scottish heritage.

I named my son this to reflect the Scottish heritage on my mom's side of the family. Everybody really seems to like it, and I like that he won't be one of 10 Callums in his class when he reaches school age.

I heard the name because of actor Callum Keith Rennie, who starred in Battlestar Galactica and the short-lived The Firm tv series.
-- HerrZorro  3/8/2013
Ew ew ew. I have to agree, this wont age well. What's up with all these Scottish and Irish names becoming trendy these days?
-- Anonymous User  6/12/2013
Clearly you cannot read the pronunciation key for this name correctly. The first part is pronounced just like the "Cal" in Calvin. And NOT like the "aw" in "column."
-- Anonymous User  12/6/2013
Why/how did this name become so popular? I know it's pronounced differently from column, but it still sounds & looks like column.
-- citylights  12/7/2013
This is my eldest's name (he's 14). We wanted a name that wasn't going to be run of the mill boring, we didn't want a name that everyone else had (like in the 90s when EVERYONE was named Ashley - ugh), and we didn't want a made up trashy soap opera name. It also drives me to drink when people spell names phonetically - like Michaela being spelled MacKaylah. Why don't you just wear a t shirt that says "My Parents Are Illiterate". My husband has Irish background so we chose gaelic names. I think it's great.
-- gortrixie  5/1/2014
This is a brand new favourite of mine and I'm falling hard for it. I have it on my list paired as Aubrey Callum.
-- KarlinaFleur  10/26/2014
This is such a handsome name! ^_^ Looks great, sounds great. The meaning of Callum is adorable also! =D xx.
-- Anonymous User  11/9/2014
No offense to anyone with this name, but I think it is ugly, overused (I know 8 people with this name) and makes me think of Gollum from the Lord Of The Rings trilogy.

Also, it's a bit of a chav name round here.
-- IsolationHedge  4/29/2015
What I love about this name is that it's NOT modern trash. Dates back to the Scottish Middle Ages. My son is the only Callum in his school of 600 kids and love that he has a unique name to our area. This name will age well because when he's old people can call him Cal.

P.S. What is a Chav name?
-- Anonymous User  7/31/2015
In the UK the word "Chav" is used to describe a lower-class person. They're associated with wearing tracksuits, living in council houses, being on benefits, wearing cheap bling e.g. hoop earrings, having bad teeth, being unintelligent, being violent, being rude etc. The word "Chav" is used as an insult, not in a friendly way.

I'm from the UK and Callum is definitely not a chav name. The name Callum has history. Examples of names that tend to be seen as chavvy are Kayden, Brayden, Chantelle, Chardonnay, Chanel, Demi-Leigh, Kenzie, Mercedes, Kayla, Kaylee etc.

IsolationHedge probably said that as he/she may have come across chavs/a chav called Callum. It's ridiculous how people call decent names like Leah, Josh, Dylan, Lauren etc. Chavvy!
-- Anonymous User  8/23/2015
famous person: Callum Burgess.
Wait a minute...That's me!
When i was in fifth grade, i won my school geography bee. i guess what made me so fascinated with geography was my name. it may be because my name comes fromna different country, but i took an interest in the world. then, in march, i came third in the New Hampshire Nat'l Geographic Bee.
Just to show you i did, here's a quiz question:
What is the capital of Qatar.
p.s. Qatar is pronounced cutter.
The answer is Doha.
Back in july, people died in Doha because of the heat. It was 140 degrees farenheit. Yet FIFA is still having the 2022 World Cup there.
Nearby countries:Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Kuwait, Iran
Anyway, i love my name and hope my name becomes more popular in the u.s. and canada in the future.
-- cburjkhalifa36  11/1/2015

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