Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Paloma

Paloma is a name of Spanish origin and means “dove, pigeon”, derived from the Latin word “palumba” which translates to “pigeon”. The dove is particularly important to Catholics as a symbol of innocence, gentleness and peace. It is also the common symbol for the Holy Ghost. The dove often shows up in scripture, beginning with the bird that brought Noah the olive branch after the Great Floods subsided (Genesis 8:10-11). In the New Testament, the Gospel of John recounts the testimony of John the Baptist having “bore witness” to “the [Holy] Spirit descend from heaven like a dove.” [John 1:32]. The Roman Catholic Church recognizes a feast day in honor of the dove (or Paloma) on August 15. Paloma is still pretty popular in Spain but it sees most of its success in Chile.

All About the Baby Name – Paloma

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME PALOMA

The Master Number Twenty-Two combines the traits of Twos and Fours into a powerful force. The references to The Master Builder and "large undertakings" serve to underscore the massive potential of this personality. They are extremely capable and therefore almost always successful. Twenty-Twos are courageous leaders, innovative thinkers, extremely wise and highly organized. As such, they are able to manifest something of major importance that will have a lasting impact on this world. Master Numbers carry with them a great sense of responsibility, so it can be a burden. However, Twenty-Twos are executors and action-takers. Further, this personality exhibits traits of the Twos, which brings sensitivity, spirituality and harmony, so their endeavors are likely to benefit mankind in some capacity.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME PALOMA

This lovely Dove perched herself on the U.S. popularity charts for the first time in 1993, but it had difficulty sticking. It really wasn’t until 2000 that Paloma firmly gripped her position on the Top 1000 list of most commonly used girl names. But she’s not common by any means. Paloma has never really reached to Top 700, which means this name is underused and original. Paloma Picasso, the daughter of Pablo Picasso, is probably the most famous name bearer, lending her gorgeous name to a line of jewelry and perfume. The name Paloma has a certain high-born and aristocratic quality with an artistic edge. Another name with Cosmopolitan Cool.

Quick Facts

ON PALOMA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Spanish

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

755

PRONUNCIATION:

pah-LO-mah

SIMPLE MEANING:

Dove

Characteristics

OF PALOMA

The Master Builder

Leader

Large Undertakings

Confidence

Discipline

Organization

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Paloma

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME PALOMA

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Paloma

Popular Songs

ON PALOMA

Coo Coo Roo Coo Coo Paloma/Stay with Me
Perry Como

Sí Paloma
a song by Sun Kil Moon

Paloma
a song by Carbon Leaf

Linda Paloma
a song by Jackson Browne

La Paloma Twist
a song by Chubby Checker

La Paloma
a song by Nana Mouskouri

Cu-Cu-Rru-Cu-Cu Paloma
a song by Nana Mouskouri

Famous People

NAMED PALOMA

Paloma Picasso (artist)
Paloma San Basilio (Spanish singer)
Paloma Baeza (actress)

Children of Famous People

NAMED PALOMA

Salma Hayek;

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME PALOMA

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Paloma