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.


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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)
Entry updated July 2, 2017