Gender: Male Meaning of Callum: "dove" Origin of Callum: Scottish form of Columba, Latin Callum's Popularity in 2018: #557

Callum Origin and Meaning

The name Callum is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "dove".

Callum was derived from Latin Columba, a unisex given name meaning “dove.” Callum was popular among early Christians because the dove was a symbol of purity, peace and the Holy Spirit. St. Columba was one of the most influential of the early Celtic saints.

Callum, a charming Scottish boys’ namee just beginning to be heard in this country but high on the list in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, is worth consideration as a less popular alternative to Colin and Caleb, etc.

Kyle MacLachlan chose Callum for his son. Callum might also be spelled Calum; in Ireland, the name became Colm, and in Scotland it's sometimes used as a pet form of Malcolm.

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Rank in US: #557

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Pop Culture References for the name Callum

Cal, Calum, Colm, Colum


Dadtwobe Says:


Great name. I like the nn "Cal," too.

Dadtwobe Says:


It is a two syllable name pronounced: Cal--lum ("Cal" - like "California," and "Lum" like "Plum".)

Dadtwobe Says:


I agree.

TechnoKitten Says:


Cute,I like it.

Nameofthewind Says:


I adore this name! Seems like it could fit on someone of any age. Simple to spell and pronounce. Classic but still modern in a way. Could there be a cuter nickname than Cal?!

Catgirlmri Says:


I like the name so much more now that I've read the Iron Trial. The meaning is just beautiful.

funnybunny771 Says:


This is my middle brother's name. My parents narrowed it down to Harry or Callum for a boy but settled on Callum when he was born which I'm so happy they did because he suits it so well. If he were a girl he would have been either Sasha or Violet. We all call him Cal most of the time. He's fifteen now and I just asked him and he still loves his name! It's not really that popular in our area of the UK actually; there's no one else in his school called Callum. I've seen it spelt with one l too but I prefer it with two. My brother is deaf so having a complicated/difficult to spell/pronounce name would have been even more troublesome for him so this one is perfect! His middle names are Rhys and Riley.

stella2007 Says:


Never heard this name until recently and I love it! It's such a cool boys name. It sounds modern but still classic. The meaning dove is beautiful. Cal is such a great nickname too!

RoddyThlayli Says:


I love this name, and the meaning, but I have a cousin named this, so I couldn't really use it.

amberdaydream Says:


My brother is named this and it is very common in my country. It's CAL-um. Cal like Calvin, Um like Umbrella.

headintheclouds Says:


Callum is probably one of my favorite more appealingly-mainstream-popular names (I'm surprised it's not more popular). I love the meaning of dove, which can symbolize peace, Cal is a great nickname, and I like its Scottish feel. I probably wouldn't use it myself, but I enjoy seeing other people use it; I'd rather meet little boys named Callum than the hordes of Jayden, Zaiden, Brayden!

Bobcat108 Says:


I've always heard it as "CAL-um" (like Calvin).

eveyalecia Says:


Is this pronounced CAL-um (like Calvin) or COL-um (like Colin)?

clairelaliberte Says:


It's a sweet name but not one I'd use.

Essa Says:


How Colin is more popular than Callum just doesn't make sense! Callum is a great name, although I may be a little bias since it's my brother's name. He's 25 and from Northern England!

Catastroffy Says:


I prefer Colm.

Shishi Says:


I fricken love this name with the nn Call

Alicia1 Says:


Not a fan of this name...

Athena_hime15 Says:


This is one of my favourite names.

strawberrydino Says:


It reminds me of a callus.. ew..

tina c Says:


I have a Callum. He'll be 20 in Sept. 2014.

morgannalucia Says:


If I ever have another boy I'll probably name him this. It reminds me of Liam but its not so ridiculously popular. and it can be shortened to Cal! love it.