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Meaning and name origin

Columba \c(o)-lu-mba\ as a girl's 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.


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

There are 5 masculine forms of Columba: Cailean, Calum, Colman, Colum and Culver.


Columba is not a popular first name for females and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Columba for girls. Columba has not been ranked in the Top 1000/100 so far. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Columba name in U.S.

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

Similar Names

A suggested similar baby name is Columbina. Like Columba, this name is not commonly used.