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Kallay Surname History


Origins Available: English , Scottish


The west coast of Scotland and the rocky Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the Kallay family. The root of their name is the Gaelic surname of Scottish origin, which means son of the battle chief.


Early Origins of the Kallay family


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.

Early History of the Kallay family


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Another 138 words (10 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.

Kallay Spelling Variations


Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Kallay has been spelled MacAll, MacColl, MacCole, MacCall, MacAul, Mccall and others.

Early Notables of the Kallay family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Kallay family to Ireland


Some of the Kallay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 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 Kallay family to the New World and Oceana


Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Kallays to arrive in North America:

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

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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