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Origins Available: English, Scottish

Where did the Scottish Call family come from? What is the Scottish Call family crest and coat of arms? When did the Call family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Call family history?

The ancestors of the Call family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The family name comes from the Gaelic surname of Scottish origin, which means son of the battle chief.


Historical recordings of the name Call include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include MacAll, MacColl, MacCole, MacCall, MacAul, Mccall and others.

First found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Call research. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) covering the year 1602 is included under the topic Early Call History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Call Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Call family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 158 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Call or a variant listed above:

Call Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Augsten and Alles Call, who came to New England in 1637
  • Bennet Call, who came to New England in 1637
  • Mary Call, who arrived in New England in 1637
  • Philip Call, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1662
  • Philip Call, who was in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1662

Call Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • P Call, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1788

Call Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Call, who arrived in New York in 1834
  • F W Call, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • H Call, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Mr. Call, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • C Call, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • Harrison Orlando Call (1842-1926), veteran of the American Civil War, who was a teacher, farmer, Sheriff, Postmaster, Councilman, member of the School Board, and Deacon of the Baptist Church in Michigan
  • Ann Lowdon Call (1945-2007), American horsewoman, 2005 AQHA Select World Champion
  • Annie Payson Call (1853-1940), American author
  • Anson Call (1810-1890), Mormon pioneer
  • Brandon Spencer Lee Call (b. 1976), American television and film actor
  • Richard Keith Call (1792-1862), third and fifth territorial governor of Florida
  • Corporal Donald M. Call (1896-1984), United States Army soldier awarded the Medal of Honor
  • Clayton Eastman Call (b. 1848), prominent lawyer and judge in Michigan
  • Sir John Call (1731-1801), 1st Baronet, English engineer


  • A Collection of Stones: History and Genealogy of Stone and Related Families (including the Call Family) by Doris Burch Stone.
  • The Descendants of Ira Call by Joseph C. Call and Lowell E. Call.

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The Call Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Call Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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