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What does Columba mean?

Columba Pronunciation of Columba [colum-ba] as a girls' name is pronounced ka-LUM-ba. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Columba is "dove". Saint Columba, sixth-century Irish saint, founded an influential monastery on the Scottish island of Iona, and is supposed to have exorcised the River Ness of a monster. Though the Irish Columba was a man, two other saints of that name were both women. The dove is a Christian symbol for peace and the Holy Spirit.

Associated with: irish (gaelic), monastery, scottish, river, peace, spirit.


Columba has 5 variants: Collie, Colly, Colombe, Columbia and Columbine.

5 masculine forms: Cailean, Calum, Colman, Colum and Culver.

Creative forms:
(female) Arlumba, ..

(male) Columan, ..

Middle name pairings:
Columba Kara (C.K.), ..

How popular is Columba?

Columba is a rare first name for females. Columba is an equivalently rare surname too for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent related forms of Columba (not ranked) are Columbia and Collie. These relations of Columba were at the height of their popularity in the 1910s (average #1706). (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Collie, Columbia in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Columba and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Chuma, Colena, Coleta (see Colette), Coletta, Colina, Colinda, Collena, Colleta, Collina, Columbina (see Columbine), Cosima and Cosma. These names tend to be more commonly used than Columba.

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