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What does Calum mean?

Calum Pronunciation of 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH scottish, gaelic, popular (famous), peace, saint, monastery


VARIANTS Callum, Colm, Colum

SEE ALSO Cailean, Colman


(male) Carlum, ..


Calum Ocean (C.O.), ..

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 #1014 in the U.S. in the year 2018. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Calum name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Calum outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Prominent alternative forms of Calum (#1014 VIA LATEST LIST) ranked in the Top 2000 are Callum (#557), Colm, Colman, Malcolm (#394) and Malcom. Usage of these relations of Calum reached its peak in 1992 (AVERAGE #1495) and has remained as conventional to this day (#1327, 2%). Malcolm is the clear favorite, though Callum has become trendy as well over time.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Calum, Callum, Colman, Malcolm, Malcom in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Caius, Cal, Calan, Cale, Caleb, Caley, Calumet, Cam, Clem and Nahum. These names tend to be more frequently used than Calum.

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