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Where did the Irish Calan family come from? What is the Irish Calan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Calan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Calan family history?

The name Calan comes from the Irish Gaelic O Cathalain. The Gaelic versions of today's Irish names demonstrate a link to a proud, ancient past. The name is possibly derived from Cathalan, king of Farney slain in 1028, whose name means Little Charles, and from whom the family is thought to have descended. Cathalan was in turn descended from Coleman Mor, the king of Meath and (the 133rd Monarch of Ireland).

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Many spelling variations of the surname Calan can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Callan, Callanan, Caillan, Calan, Calanan, Callen, Callin, Callon, Callinan, Callinon and many more.

First found in County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Calan research. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1027 and 1280 are included under the topic Early Calan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Calan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Calan name:

Calan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry Calan, aged 26, landed in New York in 1812

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The Calan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Calan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 27 October 2010 at 13:24.

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