Calhoon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Calhoon surname are thought to have lived in the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The name Calhoon was given to someone who lived in the former Aberdeenshire, derived from the Gaelic còil or cùil, which means "nook" or "corner." Colquhoun is properly pronounced "Ko-hoon."

Early Origins of the Calhoon family

The surname Calhoon was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire where they held a seat at Luss and possessed vast manors and elegant estates. Although not formally recognized before the 11th century (the Clan system was not developed until the reign of King Malcolm Ceanmore and his second wife, Margaret) this Clan has a unified history that may well precede that time. It is believed that they occupied this area well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 AD. According to Clan tradition, the Calhoun Clan is descended from an early Celtic priest named St. Kessog who lived in Glen Luss, the Monks' Isle in Loch Lomond.

Early History of the Calhoon family

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Calhoon 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 Calhoon has appeared as Colquhoun, Colhoun, Colhoon, Cahoun, Cohoun, Cahoon, Cohoon, Culquhoun, Cahune, Cohune, Cowquhone, Colquhone, Culquhown, Cahoone, Calhoun, Kalhoun, Kulhoun, Kolhoun, Calhoon, Calloon, Culloone, Collune and many more.

Early Notables of the Calhoon family (pre 1700)

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Calhoon Ranking

In the United States, the name Calhoon is the 11,262nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Calhoon family to Ireland

Some of the Calhoon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 109 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Calhoon migration to the United States +

Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Calhoon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alex Calhoon, who landed in America in 1795-1798 [2]
  • Noble Calhoon, who landed in America in 1795 [2]
  • John Calhoon, who arrived in Mississippi in 1799 [2]
Calhoon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Calhoon, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1828 [2]
  • James Calhoon, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Calhoon (post 1700) +

  • Steve Calhoon, American musician, known for his work with Enon, an indie rock band, active from 1999 to 2011
  • John Calhoon (b. 1797), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky (1827 and 1835-1836), eponym of Calhoun, Kentucky
  • James Calhoon, American firearms designer who developed the eponymous Calhoon cartridges and the Calhoon Hornet

The Calhoon Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Si je puis
Motto Translation: If I can

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  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook