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Gender: Female Meaning of Columbia: "land of Columbus" Origin of Columbia: Latin

The name Columbia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "land of Columbus". Columbia and is often added to lists like State Capital Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Columbia is a rarely used name with many associations. From the eighteenth century it has been used as a female personification of the United States, often appearing as a flag-draped patriotic figure. And as such it's inspired a plethora of place and company names, from the District of Columbia to Columbia University to Columbia Records, and songs like "Columbia, Gem of the Ocean." A character called Columbia appears in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The peaceful Columba/Colomba--meaning "dove"-- is often heard in the Latino community

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Famous People Named Columbia

Pop Culture References for the name Columbia

Columbia, character in film "Rocky Horror Picture Show"
Columbia, Female personification of the United States
Columbia University, Ivy League college in New York City
Columbia River, largest river in the US Pacific Northwest


LavenderLullabies Says:


I really like the name Columbine, but in my area it's too connected to the school shooting to use. Maybe Columbia could be a usable alternative. I don't like it quite as much, but it's similar enough and doesn't carry the weight Columbine does.

Yara Says:


Beautiful and not overly patriotic. I just wish it was more associated with peace than with Christopher Columbus (who ironically was not a peaceful person).

KassemJ Says:


I really want to love this name, but I just can't get Columbia Pictures Films (The Torch Lady) out of my head.