Before Irish names were translated into English, Calaghan had a Gaelic form of O Ceallachain, possibly from "ceallach", which means "strife". The family is descended from Ceallachan (Callaghan), the 10th century King of Munster
from whom their surname is derived, and as such, the name Calaghan is a patronymic
Early Origins of the Calaghan family
The surname Calaghan was first found in Munster
. The earliest mention of the name Calaghan placed them in the barony of Kinlea, in County Cork
, yet the family lost most of their original lands in the barony of Kinelea during the Anglo- Norman Conquest
. They relocated to an area near Mallow, in the north of the county, and remained there until forced off their lands once again during the Cromwellian Invasion
of the 17th century. The head family migrated to the east of County Clare
and flourished, giving their name to the village of Callaghan's Mills. The resumption of the often-discarded prefix "O" has been widespread during the late twentieth century, but in the early twentieth century, Callaghans greatly outnumbered O'Callaghans, but such is no longer the case. The O'Callaghans are one of the few Irish families
to still have a chief, certified by the Genealogical Office. CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
Early History of the Calaghan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Calaghan research.Another 403 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1640, 1738, 1807, 1797, 1883, 1605, 1654, 1839 and 1909 are included under the topic Early Calaghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Calaghan Spelling Variations
One's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer during the Middle Ages. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origin of the Calaghan family name include Callaghan, Callahan, O'Callaghan, O'Callahan, Calahan, Cellaghan, Kalahan, Kallaghan, Kallahan, O'Kallaghan, Kellaghan, Kelleghan, Kellahan, Kelahan, Ceilahan, Ceilaghan, Callachan, Calachan, Callagan, Calagan, Kelagan, Callighan and many more.
Early Notables of the Calaghan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Calaghan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Calaghan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Martin Calaghan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1842
- Edmund Calaghan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1843
Calaghan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mary Calaghan, aged 28, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.
Calaghan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Calaghan, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865