What does Calum mean?
Calum \c(a)-lum\ as a boys' 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 is a rare first name for men. Calum is a unique surname too for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Calum for boys. Calum reached its apex rank of #44 in Ireland in the year 2006, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2013 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the boy name Calum and related names. Prominent alternative forms of Calum ranked in the Top 1000 are Callum (#729 a year ago), Colm, Malcolm (#442) and Malcom. Usage of this boy name reached its peak in the year 1992 and is almost as widespread today, but with the versions Malcolm and Malcom becoming less trendy. Callum (#729) is the most chic boy name here. (2014 Birth Statistics)