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Quick Facts on Paloma

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 755
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Paloma

  • The Master Builder
  • Leader
  • Large Undertakings
  • Confidence
  • Discipline
  • Organization

Etymology & Historical Origin - 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.

Popularity of the 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.
Popularity of the Girl Name Paloma
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Paloma

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Paloma

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Paloma

    Paloma We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Paloma.

  • Popular Songs on Paloma

    Popular Songs on Paloma

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

    Cu-Cu-Rru-Cu-Cu Paloma - a song by Joan Baez

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

    La Paloma - a song by Nana Mouskouri

    La Paloma Twist - a song by Chubby Checker

    Linda Paloma - a song by Jackson Browne

    Paloma - a song by Carbon Leaf

    Sí Paloma - a song by Sun Kil Moon

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Paloma

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Paloma

    ¡La Paloma encuentra un perro caliente! (Mo Willems) - Pigeon’s back! And he’s found un perro caliente! But a hungry (and very sly) duckling enters the scene and wants a bite of the hot dog. Who will be the more clever bird? For the first time, Mo Willems’s New York Times best-selling The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! is available in Spanish for a new group of kids to fall in love with. Recommended for ages 2-6.

    ¡No dejes que la Paloma conduzca el autobus! (Mo Willems) - Finally, a book you can say “no” to! When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place – una paloma! But you've never met one like this before. As the Pigeon pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and deciding his fate. For the first time, Mo Willems’s Caldecott Honor-winning, New York Times best-selling debut picture book is available in Spanish for a new group of kids to enjoy. Recommended for ages 2-6.

    Calling the Doves/El canto de las palomas (Juan Felipe Herrera) - Poet Juan Felipe Herrera s bilingual memoir paints a vivid picture of his migrant farm worker childhood. His rich, evocative prose re-creates the joy of eating under the open sky, celebrating at a fiesta with other farm families, and listening to his mother singing Mexican songs and his father calling the doves. Booklist says: “A welcome alternative to the usually bleak portrayal of the migrant farm worker inspirational self-portrait of a loving Latino family.” Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Paloma (Brooks Hagee) - How can a bird be afraid to fly? Paloma is not like other birds. After falling from the nest as a baby, she has always been afraid of heights. Now, when Noah has asked her to do a very important job, Paloma must face her fears, and take the most important flight of all. Join author Brooks Hagee for an important lesson of friendship, fears, and faith. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Paloma and the Dust Devil at the Balloon Festival (Marcy Heller) - Today is a big day for Paloma! She and her father are going up in a hot air balloon with their friend Gilbert. He is a real balloon pilot. Their ride starts out quite peacefully. They rise from the field surrounded by hundreds of other colorful balloons. Suddenly they find themselves in the middle of a dust devil. What will happen? They are swept out to the west side of the city where they land in a field. They find themselves transported back in time and meet some unexpected people. Who are these mysterious people who dress and speak so differently? What kind of special help do they have for Paloma, her father, and Gilbert? This book contains the exciting story of Paloma and her family as well as an author's note, a diagram of balloon parts, and a brief history of hot air ballooning. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Paloma Padilla (Martin Bencomo) - "Hmm, I wonder what it would be like if I were...", Paloma asks herself as she prepares to sleep under a quilt knitted by her Grandmother. Join Paloma as she journeys near and far fueled only by her imagination and that orange quilt. Paloma Padilla's colorful world is sprinkled with the Spanish language that the Padilla family and many others use every day. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Paloma

    Famous People Named Paloma

    Famous People Named Paloma - Paloma Picasso (artist); Paloma San Basilio (Spanish singer); Paloma Baeza (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Paloma

    Children of Famous People Named Paloma

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Paloma - Pablo Picasso (painter/artist); Emilio Estevez (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Paloma - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Paloma - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first 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.

Variations of the Baby Name - Paloma

  • No Variations Found.
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