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March 9th, 2007, 01:38 AM
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My youngest child's middle name is Columba. My husband picked it because it's a saint's name with a feast day on her birthday. Our other daughter also has a saint's name (Bernadette). Apparently, Columba is an exclusively male name. Can anyone confirm this? (Besides BtN)

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March 9th, 2007, 04:44 AM
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I usually find behind the name to be very accurate however these are some other sites I found about the name Columba. I don't know how reliable these are though. I personally always tought it was a male name.
Dove-like. The name of a 6th-century Irish saint. Also see Calum and Coleman. A boy or girl's name.
Origin: Latin
Gender: Girl

and from thinkbabynames.com

The boy's and girl's name Columba \c(o)-lu-mba\ is of Latin origin, and its meaning 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.

Columba is a very rare female first name and a very rare surname (source: 1990 U.S. Census). Displayed below is the baby name popularity trend for the girl's name Columba. Click here to compare Columba with related baby names.

I don't know if this is what you were looking for, but this is just about all the information I could find on the name. Most pages had to do with the Saint.

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