Calendar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's generation of the Calendar family inherits a name that was first used by the Scottish tribe known as the Picts. The first family to use the name Calendar lived on the lands or barony of Callander in Perthshire. The name is quite mistakenly thought of as an occupational name derived from the trade of calendering or glossing cloth. Scholars seem to agree that this name was not related to the calendar of the months.

Early Origins of the Calendar family

The surname Calendar was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland. "This place derives its name, of Gaelic origin, from an ancient ferry across the river Teath, the principal road to which lay within its limits." [1]

Important Dates for the Calendar family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Calendar research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1296 and 1360 are included under the topic Early Calendar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Calendar Spelling Variations

Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Calendar has appeared Callander, Callender, Callandar, Callenter, Kalender, Calenter and many more.

Early Notables of the Calendar family (pre 1700)

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

Calendar migration to Canada

Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Calendar:

Calendar Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Alexander Calendar, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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