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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.

Suggested similar baby names are Calan and Clem.


Calum is not a popular first name for males and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

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