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What does Columba mean?

Columba Pronunciation of Columba as a girls' name is pronounced ka-LUM-ba. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Columba is "dove". Saint Columba, sixth-century Irish saint, founded an influential monastery on the Scottish island of Iona, and is supposed to have exorcised the River Ness of a monster. Though the Irish Columba was a man, two other saints of that name were both women. The dove is a Christian symbol for peace and the Holy Spirit.


ASSOCIATED WITH irish (gaelic), monastery, scottish, river, peace, spirit


VARIANTS Collie, Colly, Colombe, Columbia, Columbine

MASCULINE FORMS Cailean, Calum, Colman, Colum, Culver



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How popular is Columba?

Columba is a rare first name for females. Columba is an equivalently rare surname too for all people. (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Which version is better?

Prominent related forms of Columba (NOT RANKED) are Collie and Columbia. These relations of Columba were at the height of their popularity in the 1900s (AVERAGE #1685). (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Collie, Columbia in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Columba and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Chuma, Colena, Coleta (see Colette), Coletta, Colina, Colinda, Collena, Colleta, Collina, Columbina (see Columbine), Cosima and Cosma. These names tend to be more commonly used than Columba.

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