The age-old Hebrides
islands and the west coast of Scotland
are the ancestral home of the Caal family. Their name comes from the Gaelic surname of Scottish origin, which means son of the battle chief.
Early Origins of the Caal family
The surname Caal was 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.
Early History of the Caal family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caal research.Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1602 is included under the topic Early Caal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Caal Spelling Variations
Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations
in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Caal has been spelled MacAll, MacColl, MacCole, MacCall, MacAul, Mccall and others.
Early Notables of the Caal family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Caal family to Ireland
Some of the Caal 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Caal family to the New World and Oceana
Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence
, many Scots who remained loyal to England
re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan
societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Caals to arrive on North American shores: Andrew and Catherine MacCall settled in Boston in 1849; Andrew, Denis, Hugh, James, John, Patrick, Robert and William MacCall all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.