The age-old Hebrides
islands and the west coast of Scotland
are the ancestral home of the Callister family. Their name comes from the given name Alexander, which in turn was originally derived from the Greek name, which means defender of men. In the late 11th century, Queen Margaret introduced the name, which she had heard in the Hungarian Court where she was raised, into Scotland
by naming one of her sons Alexander. The popularity of the name Alexander was ensured by the fact that it was born by three Scottish kings, the first being Margaret's son who succeeded to the throne of Scotland
following the death of Malcolm III.
Early Origins of the Callister family
The surname Callister was first found in Kintyre
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
"As a surname Alexander is very common on the west coast, where, according to the authors of Clan Donald, some of the descendants of Godfrey, second son of Alastair Mor, appear to have settled in the Carrick district of Ayrshire. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
The Clan MacAllistair, Alisdair being the Gaelic for Alexander, are descended from the great King Somerled. Somerled had five sons, by his marriage to Ragnhildis, daughter of the Norwegian King of the Isles, Olaf Morsel. In the MacAllister line, Ranald had two sons, Ruari and Donald, and Donald had two sons, Angus and Alisdair. Alisdair living about 1230 to 1295 claimed the territory in South Knapdale, Kintyre, the ancient Clan seat was at Ard Phadraid (Patrick's Point) on the south side of Loch Tarbot. Alisdair (known as Alisdair Mor (the big)) is the recognized founder of the Clan. On his death, his estates were given to his brother and heir who was one of Bruce's supporters, Angus Mor.
Early History of the Callister family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Callister research.Another 462 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1295, 1475, 1602, 1200, 1605, 1615, 1765, 1846, 1431, 1570, 1640, 1614, 1588, 1655, 1640, 1643, 1619, 1681, 1665, 1681, 1620, 1665, 1660, 1665, 1653, 1686, 1743, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Callister History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Callister 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, Callister has been spelled Alexander, Alistair, MacAlexander, Alisandre, Alischoner, Alsinder, Alastair, MacAlexter, Callestar, Aleckander, Alexandri, Alisdair, Alaisder, Alestare, Alistare and many more.
Early Notables of the Callister family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was Sir William Alexander (circa 1570-1640), 1st Earl of Stirling
, Scottish government official, knighted in 1614, appointed Governor of the barony of Nova Scotia; William Allestry (Allestrie) (1588-1655), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons of England
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Migration of the Callister family to Ireland
Some of the Callister family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Callister 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 Callisters to arrive on North American shores:
Callister Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Callister, who arrived in Schuyler County, III in 1867 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)
- R. Callister, aged 29, who arrived in America from Liverpool, England, in 1894
- Evan D. Callister, aged 20, who arrived in America from Liverpool, England, in 1897
Callister Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Stanley Thomas Callister, aged 22, who arrived in America from Isle of Man, in 1902
- Thomas Callister, aged 39, who arrived in America from Douglas, Isle of Man, in 1905
- Joseph Callister, aged 43, who arrived in America, in 1905
- William Henry Callister, aged 18, who arrived in America from Peel, Isle of Man, in 1907
- William Callister, aged 23, who arrived in America from Port Erin, Isle of Man, in 1909
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Contemporary Notables of the name Callister (post 1700)
- T. Brian Callister, American National Medical Director at The LifeCare Family of Hospitals
- Tad Richards Callister (1945-2014), American general president of the Sunday School of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (2014-)
- Charles Warren Callister (1917-2008), American architect known for his single-family homes and large community developments
- William Callister MHK (1808-1872), Manx timber importer in Ramsey, Isle of Man, Member of the House of Keys
- Kent Callister (1995-2014), Australian snowboarder at the 2014 Winter Olympics, grandson of Cyril Callister
- Cyril Percy Callister (1893-1949), Australian chemist and food technologist who developed the Vegemite yeast spread
- David Callister MHK (b. 1935), Manx broadcaster, Member of the Legislative Council of the Isle of Man (2008-)
- Marion Jones Callister (1921-1997), United States federal judge
- Thomas Callister Hales (b. 1958), American mathematician working on the Langlands program
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ 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)