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Several considerations were made in deciding on the name Columbia. During the planning of the new capital, Colonel John Gervais said it would be a place where the oppressed of every land might find refuge. He used the expression "under the wings of Columbia."
Sources: John A. Montgomery, Columbia, South Carolina: History of a City; John Hammond Moore, Columbia & Richland County: A South Carolina Community, 1740-1990.