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The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Kallay is the Gaelic surname of Scottish origin, which means son of the battle chief.

Kallay Early Origins



The surname Kallay 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.

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Kallay Early History


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Kallay Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kallay research. Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1602 is included under the topic Early Kallay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kallay Spelling Variations


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Kallay Spelling Variations



The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Kallay has appeared as MacAll, MacColl, MacCole, MacCall, MacAul, Mccall and others.

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Kallay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kallay Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kallay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kallay In Ireland


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Kallay In Ireland



Some of the Kallay 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.

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The Great Migration



Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Kallay were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

Kallay Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Margit Kallay, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1911
  • Paul G. Kallay, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Pauline Kallay, aged 1, who emigrated to America, in 1917
  • Mary K. Kallay, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1917

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kallay (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kallay (post 1700)



  • William Kallay, American film director
  • Katalin Kallay, American actress
  • Victoria Kallay, American film actress

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