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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Columbia

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Co*lum"bi*a
America; the United States; -- a poetical appellation given in honor of Columbus, the discoverer.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A university in New York City
  2. A university town in central Missouri
  3. Capital and largest city in South Carolina; located in central South Carolina
  4. A town in west central Tennessee
  5. A North American river; rises in southwestern Canada and flows southward across Washington to form the border between Washington and Oregon before emptying into the Pacific; known for its salmon runs in the spring
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From Christopher Columbus, the latinized name (whether from Italian (Colombo?), Spanish Colón or still another Romance language is disputed) of the European Renaissance (re?)discoverer of the Americas.

  1. (poetic) America; the United States; an appellation given in honor of Columbus, the discoverer.
  2. (archaic) The female personification of the USA.
  3. The capital city of the state of South Carolina in the United States of America.
  4. A city in Missouri
  5. A river shared by Canada and the USA.
  6. Shortened form of Columbia University.
  7. The space shuttle Columbia (named after a famous American sailing ship, Columbia Rediviva).
  8. Misspelling of Colombia.

Columbia was also found in the following language(s): Catalan and Latin

Notable Persons Named Columbia

Columbia Lancaster was a Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington Territory's at-large district, and Delegate to theU.S. House of RepresentativesfromWashington Territory'sat-large district. His most notable accomplishments were from 1854 to 1855. Columbia was born on August 26th, 1803 in New Milford, Connecticut. He passed away on September 15th, 1893.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Columbia

Al Columbia is a comics creator. Al is also known as Lucien, Orange Sunshine, and Jack Lazy.

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How popular is the baby name Columbia in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1882 6 6 0
1893 10 10 0
1894 9 9 0
1895 5 5 0
1896 6 6 0
1898 11 11 0
1899 7 7 0
1901 8 8 0
1902 8 8 0
1903 11 11 0
1904 9 9 0
1905 8 8 0
1906 10 10 0
1907 11 11 0
1908 6 6 0
1909 7 7 0
1910 12 12 0
1911 7 7 0
1912 9 9 0
1913 22 22 0
1914 21 21 0
1915 26 26 0
1916 33 33 0
1917 32 32 0
1918 30 30 0
1919 26 26 0
1920 23 23 0
1921 20 20 0
1922 32 32 0
1923 27 27 0
1924 19 19 0
1925 15 15 0
1926 21 16 5
1927 17 17 0
1928 9 9 0
1929 11 11 0
1930 7 7 0
1931 10 10 0
1932 7 7 0
1933 8 8 0
1934 7 7 0
1935 5 5 0
1936 8 8 0
1938 7 7 0
1939 5 5 0
1940 5 5 0
1994 5 5 0
1997 6 6 0
1998 5 5 0
2010 6 6 0
2015 10 10 0

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Popularity of Columbia as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Columbia U.S.
  White 92.15% 64.26%
  African American 1.41% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.59% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.50% 16.26%

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People with the last name Columbia are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Columbia

  • How Popular is the name Columbia? Columbia is the 13,915th most popular name of all time. As a last name Columbia was the 28,049th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Columbia have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 645 babies born with the first name Columbia in the United States. That's more than enough people named Columbia to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Columbia? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Columbia first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Columbia is Friday, December 18th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Columbia born? The highest recorded use of the first name Columbia was in 1916 with a total of 33 babies.
  • Random Columbia Factoid: According to the 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Columbia is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 6 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1915.
  • Weird things about the name Columbia: Your name in reverse order is Aibmuloc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Blmuoica. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Columbia? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 854 people with the last name Columbia.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Columbia? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Columbia as their last name since less than 1 person in 345k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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