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

In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the McCollum 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 McCollum research. Another 539 words(38 lines of text) covering the years 1562, 1779, 1647, 1665, 1850 and 1665 are included under the topic Early McCollum History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the McCollum 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:

McCollum Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander McCollum, who landed in New England in 1730
  • Archibald McCollum, who arrived in New York, NY in 1740
  • Duncan McCollum, who arrived in New York, NY in 1740
  • Flory McCollum, who arrived in New York in 1740
  • Margaret McArthur McCollum, who arrived in New York, NY in 1740

McCollum Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • David McCollum, aged 71, arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1824
  • James McCollum, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Edward McCollum, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • William McCollum, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1863
  • Dennis McCollum, aged 15, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864


  • Ira William "Bill" McCollum Jr. (b. 1944), American Attorney General and a former Republican Congressman from Florida
  • Elmer Verner McCollum (1879-1967), American biochemist associated with the discovery of Vitamins A and D
  • Michael Allen McCollum (b. 1946), American science fiction author and engineer
  • Vashti Cromwell McCollum (1912-2006), American plaintiff in the 1948 Supreme Court case that struck down religious education in the public schools
  • Thomas "Tom" McCollum (b. 1989), American ice hockey goaltender
  • Errick McCollum II (b. 1988), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Hugh McCollum (1900-1968), American film producer, best known for his work on Three Stooges short subject comedies
  • Robert McCollum, American voice actor
  • Andrew Jon McCollum (b. 1970), American NFL football center who played from 1994 to 2008
  • Ronnie Allen McCollum II (b. 1978), American professional NBA basketball 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 McCollum Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCollum 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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