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Girl Name: Columba

Name: Columba
Pronunciation: \c(o)-lu-mba\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl (Columba's also a boy name)
Meaning: dove
Origin: Latin
Variant forms: Collie, Colly, Colombe, Columbia, Columbine

Description

Columba \c(o)-lu-mba\ as a girl's name 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 the Holy Spirit.

Columba has 5 variant forms: Collie, Colly, Colombe, Columbia and Columbine.

View a list of the 3 names that reference Columba.

Popularity

Columba is not a popular first name for women and an equally uncommon surname or last name for both men and women. (1990 U.S. Census)

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