Given Name COLUMBA

GENDER: Masculine & Feminine
USAGE: Late Roman
PRONOUNCED: ko-LOOM-ba (Late Latin), kə-LUM-bə (English)   [details]

Meaning & History

Late Latin name meaning "dove". The dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit in Christianity. This was the name of several early saints both masculine and feminine, most notably the 6th-century Irish monk Saint Columba (or Colum) who established a monastery on the island of Iona off the coast of Scotland. He is credited with the conversion of Scotland to Christianity.

Categories

actresses, animals, birds, constellations, nature, Orthodox Saints, saints
DIMINUTIVE: Columbanus
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Colin, Coleman (English), Kolman, Koloman (German), Colm, Colum, Coleman, Colmán, Columban (Irish), Colombo, Colombano (Italian), Cailean, Calum, Colin, Callum (Scottish), Koloman (Slovak)