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

The name Callon comes from the Irish Gaelic O Cathalain. The Gaelic versions of today's Irish names demonstrate a link to a proud, ancient past. The name is possibly derived from Cathalan, king of Farney slain in 1028, whose name means Little Charles, and from whom the family is thought to have descended. Cathalan was in turn descended from Coleman Mor, the king of Meath and (the 133rd Monarch of Ireland).

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A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Callon include Callan, Callanan, Caillan, Calan, Calanan, Callen, Callin, Callon, Callinan, Callinon and many more.

First found in County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Callon research. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1027 and 1280 are included under the topic Early Callon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Callon:

Callon Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Patrick Callon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • John Callon, aged 28, landed in America in 1822
  • James Callon, aged 35, arrived in Missouri in 1843

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The Callon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Callon 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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