What 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.
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)
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)
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)