Callum is a boy’s name that spreads throughout the Celtic Nations and has its roots in both Scotland and Latin. Callum is derived from Colomba, which means “dove” and is Colmcille’s Latin name. After establishing the abbey on Iona and becoming one of Ireland’s three patron saints, Colmcille was an Irish abbot who was responsible for spreading Christianity to what is now recognized as Scotland. Like its Latin counterpart, Callum means “dove.” For early Christians, doves symbolized peace and the Holy Spirit. At the present day, it continues to be a trendy name, and in 2017, it was ranked as the 34th most common boy’s name in Scotland.
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