What does Columba mean?
Columba [co-lum-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.
(female) Columnia, Corlumba, ..
(male) Columan, Columcha, ..
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)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Columba and corresponding 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, 2014)
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.