What does Calum mean?
Calum [calum] 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 1 more related form via Malcolm: Malcom.Creative forms:
(male) Carlum, Caxlum, ..
(female) Cacil, .. Middle name pairings:
Calum Judson (C.J.), ..
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)
Calum entered the list in 1998 and reached its apex rank of #1920 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Calum (#1920 via latest list) ranked in the Top 2000 are Callum (#683 via latest list), Colm, Colman, Malcolm (#420) and Malcom. Usage of these relations of Calum reached its peak in 1992 (average #1495) and is somewhat less today (#1503, ▼27%). Malcolm is the clear favorite, though Callum has become trendy as well over time.
Similar NamesSuggested similar names are Caius, Cal, Calan, Cale, Caleb▲, Caley, Calumet, Cam, Clem▼ and Nahum. These names tend to be more frequently used than Calum.See names in meaning and etymology.