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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Scottish and northern Irish : Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Colmáin ‘son of Colmán’ (earlier Columbán), a diminutive of the personal name Colum. See also Coleman, McCallum. The addition of -t is due to English speakers’ perception of the devoicing of Gaelic final -n.

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