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pinWhat does Calum mean?

Calum /ca-lum/ [2 sylls.] 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.


Calum has 3 variants: Callum, Colm and Colum.

Related boy names: Cailean and Colman.

Calum has 3 more related forms via Malcolm: Malcolum, Malcom and Malkolm.

Kreatif forms: Caelum, Caxlum. [more]

pinHow popular is Calum?

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)

Top 1000 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 1000 are Callum (#729 a year ago), Colm, Malcolm (#442) and Malcom. Usage of these boy names reached its peak in 1992 (usage of 0.2054%) and is almost as widespread today (usage 0.1658%, 19.3%), but with the versions Malcolm and Malcom becoming less trendy. Callum (#729) is the most chic boy name here. Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the boy name Calum and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

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