Gender Masculine & Feminine
Pronounced Pron. ko-LOOM-ba(Late Latin)
kə-LUM-bə(English)
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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.

Related Names

DiminutiveColumbanus
Other Languages & CulturesColeman(English) Colombe(French) Kolman, Koloman(German) Colm, Colum, Coleman, Colmán(Irish) Colomba, Colombo, Colombano, Colombina(Italian) Colum, Columb, Colmán, Columbán(Old Irish) Callum(Scottish) Calum(Scottish Gaelic) Koloman(Slovak)
Place Name DescendantColumbia(Late Roman)

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Entry updated July 2, 2017