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Meaning and name origin

Calum \c(a)-lum\ as a boy's name is pronounced KAL-um. It is of Scottish and Gaelic origin. Variant of Columba (Latin) "dove". 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.


Calum has 3 variant forms: Callum, Colm and Colum.

For more information, see also related boy names Cailean and Colman.


Calum is not a popular first name for males 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 Calum for boys. Calum reached its highest rank of #97 in Canada in 2004. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Calum and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Malcolm (#442), Callum (#729), Calum and Colm. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Callum, Malcolm in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Calan and Clem. Like Calum, these names are not commonly used.