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Calhoun Surname History



The rugged west coast of Scotland and the desolate Hebrides islands are the ancestral home of the Calhoun family. Their name indicates that the original bearer lived in the former Aberdeenshire, derived from the Gaelic còil or cùil, which means "nook" or "corner." Colquhoun is properly pronounced "Ko-hoon."


Early Origins of the Calhoun family


The surname Calhoun was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire where they held a seat at Luss and possessed vast manors and elegant estates. Although not formally recognized before the 11th century (the Clan system was not developed until the reign of King Malcolm Ceanmore and his second wife, Margaret) this Clan has a unified history that may well precede that time. It is believed that they occupied this area well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 AD. According to Clan tradition, the Calhoun Clan is descended from an early Celtic priest named St. Kessog who lived in Glen Luss, the Monks' Isle in Loch Lomond.

Early History of the Calhoun family


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Calhoun Spelling Variations


Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Calhoun has been spelled Colquhoun, Colhoun, Colhoon, Cahoun, Cohoun, Cahoon, Cohoon, Culquhoun, Cahune, Cohune, Cowquhone, Colquhone, Culquhown, Cahoone, Calhoun, Kalhoun, Kulhoun, Kolhoun, Calhoon, Calloon, Culloone, Collune and many more.

Early Notables of the Calhoun family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Calhoun family to Ireland


Some of the Calhoun family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Calhoun family to the New World and Oceana


The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Calhoun arrived in North America very early:

Calhoun Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Calhoun, who landed in America in 1795-1798 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Calhoun Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Calhoun, who landed in America in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Samuel Calhoun, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Jean Calhoun, who landed in America in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Calhoun, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Altar Calhoun, aged 49, who landed in South Carolina in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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Contemporary Notables of the name Calhoun (post 1700)


  • Marge Calhoun (1926-2017), American first woman world champion surfer
  • Lamar Dupré Calhoun (1971-2017), known by his stage name, Crazy Toones, an American hip-hop producer and DJ
  • Ann Carter "Bootsie" Calhoun (1924-2014), American politician
  • Barbara Fiske Calhoun (1919-2014), born Isabelle Daniel Hall, American cartoonist and painter
  • George Whitney Calhoun (1890-1963), American sports and telegraph editor, co-founder of the Green Bay Packers
  • James Calhoun (1845-1876), American soldier in the United States Army during the American Civil War and the Black Hills War, brother-in-law of George Armstrong Custer, he was killed in the Battle of the Little Bighorn
  • Chad Calhoun (b. 1933), one of the many pseudonyms of Ron Goulart, American mystery, fantasy and science fiction author
  • Wil Calhoun, American Primetime Emmy nominated television producer and writer
  • John B. Calhoun (1917-1995), American ecologist and research psychologist
  • James S. Calhoun (1802-1852), American Governor of New Mexico Territory from 1851 to 1852
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Calhoun


  • The Calhoun Family and Thomas Green Clemson: The Decline of a Southern Patriarchy by Ernest McPherson Lander.
  • 800 Years of Colquhoun, Colhoun, Calhoun and A Cahoon Family History in Ireland, Scotland, England, United States of America, Australia, and Canada by Orval Calhoun.

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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