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

In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the McCallum family were born. Their name comes from the Gaelic personal name "MacChaluim" which means "son of Calum," oe "son of St. Colomba." The names MacCallum and Malcolm are used interchangeably as Calum is the often Anglicized as Malcolm.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Malcolmson, Malcollm, Malcom, Malcomb, Malcome, Malcomson, Malcum, MacCallam, MacCallum and many more.

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 quickly attained the status of Clan. Their ancient Clan seat was at Poltalloch near Loch Craignish. The related Clan Calum is said to have been from Ariskeodnish. One of the earliest records of the name was Reginald MacCallum of Corbarron who was made the hereditary constable of Craignish Castle in 1414. Sir Duncan Campbell granted him lands in Craignish and on Loch Avich. This arrangement demonstrates the strong alliance between the MacCallums and the Campbells of Argyll; an arrangement which made them deadly foes of the MacDonalds. In 1647, Sir Alexander MacDonald killed Zacharie MacCallum, a supporter of the Campbell chief, in battle at Ederline. In the 17th century, another Zachary Maccallum was bequeathed the Cobarron lands by the last of that branch.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCallum research. Another 539 words(38 lines of text) covering the years 1562, 1779, 1647, 1665, 1850 and 1665 are included under the topic Early McCallum History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 63 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCallum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the McCallum family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 241 words(17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCallum Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Archibald McCallum, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
  • Neil McCallum, who landed in New Jersey in 1685

McCallum Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary McCallum, who arrived in New York in 1740
  • Flory McCallum, who landed in New York, NY in 1740
  • Duncan McCallum, aged 30, arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1775
  • Hugh McCallum, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1775
  • Finlay McCallum, who landed in New York in 1789

McCallum Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Malcolm McCallum, who landed in Mississippi in 1840
  • James McCallum, who landed in Mississippi in 1842


  • Scott McCallum (b. 1950), American Republican politician, who was lieutenant governor of Wisconsin from 1987-2001 and acting governor of Wisconsin in 2001-2003
  • Robert McCallum Jr. (b. 1946), American Rhodes Scholar and Ambassador to Australia (2006-2009)
  • Scott McCallum (b. 1950), 43rd Governor of U.S. state of Wisconsin
  • Spencer Heath McCallum (b. 1931), American anthropologist, business consultant and libertarian
  • Daniel McCallum (1815-1878), Scottish railroad engineer and manager
  • David McCallum (b. 1933), Scottish actor
  • David McCallum Sr. (1897-1972), Scottish violinist
  • Eileen McCallum (b. 1936), Scottish actress
  • Neil McCallum (b. 1977), Scottish cricket player
  • Collette McCallum (b. 1986), Australia women's football player



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In ardua petit
Motto Translation: He has attempted difficult things.


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