GENDER: Masculine & Feminine
USAGE: Late Roman
PRONOUNCED: ko-LOOM-ba (Late Roman), kə-LUM-bə (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
Late Latin name meaning "dove". 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.
Related Names
DIMINUTIVE: Columbanus
OTHER LANGUAGES: Colin, Coleman (English), Colombe (French), Kolman, Koloman (German), Colm, Colum, Coleman, Colmán, Columban (Irish), Colomba, Colombo, Colombano, Colombina (Italian), Cailean, Calum, Colin, Callum (Scottish), Koloman (Slovak)