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What does Calum mean?

Calum /ca-lum/ as a boys' name is pronounced KAL-um. It is of Scottish, Gaelic and Latin origin, and the meaning of Calum is "dove".

Variant of Columba. This was popular among early Christians because the dove was a symbol of gentleness, purity, peace, and the Holy Spirit. Saint Columba was an influential sixth-century Irish missionary who founded a monastery on the Scottish island of Iona. His contemporary, Saint Columban, also Irish, was a missionary in France, Switzerland, and Italy. Calum and its variant Callum may be considered variants of Malcolm in Scotland.

Associated with: scottish, gaelic, popular (famous), peace, saint, monastery

Variations

Calum has 3 variants: Callum, Colm and Colum.

Related boy names: Cailean and Colman.

Calum has 1 more related form via Malcolm: Malcom.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Carlum, Caxlum, ..

(female) Cacil, Calumia, ..

How popular is Calum?

Calum is a rare first name for men. Calum is a unique surname too for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

VIEW POPULARITY

Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Calum for boys. Calum entered the list in 1998 and reached its apex rank of #1985 in the U.S. in the year 2011, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Calum name in U.S.

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

Prominent alternative forms of Calum ranked in the Top 2000 are Callum (#729 via latest list), Colm, Colman, Malcolm (#442) and Malcom. Usage of these relations of Calum reached its peak in 1992 (average #1495) and is somewhat less today (#1528, 38%), with the version Malcolm becoming less trendy. Malcolm is the clear favorite, though Callum has become trendy as well over time.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Calum, Callum, Colman, Malcolm, Malcom in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Calum, Callum, Colm outside U.S.

Similar Names

NAMES LIKE CALUM

Suggested similar names are Caius, Cal, Calan, Cale, Caleb, Caley, Calumet, Cam, Clem and Nahum. These names tend to be more frequently used than Calum.


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