This name is composed of two elements: from the Old Irish and Proto-Celtic “máel” (bald, bare, shaved, shorn, tonsured “chief, prince”), plus the Gaelic “Coluim / Cuilén”, meaning “whelp, young dog”. Coluim is also used as a Scottish form of "Columba", from the Latin "cŏlumba", meaning "dove". Mael is an Old Celtic name from Ireland, Wales and Brittany. It was popularized by a fifth century saint Maël who lived in Wales). St. Mael was a hermit of Wales, sometimes called Mabel. He was a disciple of St. Cadfan, whom he accompanied from Brittany, France, to Wales and then to the island of Bardsey. Saint Columba (Irish: Colm Cille, 'church dove’) was an Irish abbot and missionary credited with spreading Christianity in present-day Scotland. He founded the important abbey on Iona, which became a dominant religious and political institution in the region for centuries. He was highly regarded by both the Gaels of Dál Riata and the Picts, and is remembered today as a Christian saint and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland.