surname Calmon
Could you please explain me this british surname?


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My first stupid idea was "Co(a)lman". So I was happy to find (Oxford Dictionary of Surnames, 1997):

Calman, Calmon > from Old Irish Colmán

But at second glance, of course, my little idea melted away like this snow this morning. I don't know much about Old Irish, but I understand it's a Celtic language, so there must be someone around …

Andy :—)
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Irish Colman appears to be correct. It is the name of sevral Irish saints. A diminutive of Colm, the name in religion of one of the great Irish churchmen, Colm Chille, also known as St. Columba of Iona. The name comes from the Latin Columba, "dove", sometimes given a masculine ending to make Columbus (whence Colombo). Colman was Latinised as Columbanus, whence the Italian/Corsican surname Colombani, named after the Irishman St. Columbanus of Bobbio.
The name was brought to England by Danes thrown out of Ireland by Brian Boru. Some of them settled in the Viking Kingdom of York giving us some Northern place-names with Irish components, and some personal names, such as Colman (Kalman was their version).
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Or "man" from "Colm" or "calm" "mon[ster]" but yep... I would stick to that option.... Calmon = Dove.
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Stupidiest "possible" possibility, yet something to begin withCalmon... Change the "C" with "S" (phonetically intercambiable in words like "cease" and "Ceasar" but not in here) and you will get "Salmon" which I'm not whether or not it's a Spanish cognate with a variant (variant in meaning) for "trout" but practically the same in meaning, a fish wish represents wisdom according to certain celtic myth about a goddess who fell in love with one (see something like "joelle's sacred grove" page on deities for details)... Furthermore a fish which represents going "against the tide" 'cause it goes upstreams up waterfalls into their egg-laying lakes... In Japans the carps which act in the same way are thought to become dragons in the waterfalls which they call "dragon gates" (dragons are for them spirits and/or gods of water and water-related phenomena, be it over soil or over sky or deep down the ocean)...
I would prefer some profundization in the components "cal" and "mon" (¿could it be "cal" as in "calcium" or as in "calla"="cella"="hall"?)... But Portuguese or Brazilian involvement could explain my wacky guess ("Salmon" thought of as "Zalmon" or portuguese "Çalmon" and the "Ç" then thought to represent the "C" just because it's basically the same in written language, like 0, O and Q... Or M,W,VV;U,V;N,Ñ;rr,m;l,I,1;etc.)
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