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

The name Calloway is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in a small settlement in either Devon or Cornwall. Thus, Calloway is a habitation surname derived from the place, named Callway or Calway.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Calloway family name include Callaway, Kelloway, Kellaway, Calloway and others.

First found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Calloway research. Another 194 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1185 is included under the topic Early Calloway History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Calloway surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Calloway Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Tho Calloway, who arrived in Virginia in 1666
  • Peter Calloway, who landed in Maryland in 1672
  • John Calloway, who arrived in Maryland in 1673
  • Anthony Calloway, aged 39, arrived in Maryland in 1688

Calloway Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • William Calloway, who landed in Georgia in 1734
  • Will Calloway settled in Georgia in 1744 with his wife Susannah

Calloway Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Arthur Calloway, aged 30, landed in New York in 1812
  • Jacob Calloway, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812

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  • Cabel "Cab" Calloway III (1907-1994), American jazz singer and bandleader
  • A. J. Calloway (b. 1974), American television personality
  • Blanche Calloway (1902-1978), African-American jazz singer, bandleader, and composer, older sister of Cab Calloway
  • Colin Gordon Calloway (b. 1953), British American historian, recipient of the 2004 Merle Curti Award and the 2005 Ray Allen Billington Prize
  • Donald Calloway Jr. (b. 1979), American lawyer and politician, Member of the Missouri House of Representatives (2009-)
  • Jordan Calloway (b. 1990), African American actor
  • Northern James Calloway (1948-1990), African American actor, voice artist, and comedian, best known for playing David on Sesame Street (1971 to 1989)
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway (b. 1957), born Vanessa Bell, an African American actress, best known for her roles in Biker Boyz, Love Don't Cost a Thing, What's Love Got to Do with It, Coming to America, and Cheaper by the Dozen


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