Calhoun History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada is thought to be the home of the ancestors of the Calhoun family. Their name comes from someone having 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 Calhoun family

The surname Calhoun 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.

Important Dates for the Calhoun family

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Calhoun Spelling Variations

In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. Calhoun 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 Calhoun family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Calhoun family to Ireland

Some of the Calhoun 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.

Calhoun migration to the United States

Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Calhoun or a variant listed above:

Calhoun Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Calhoun, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Patrick Calhoun (1727–1796), Irish-born, American settler, who emigrated to Pennsylvania with his father in 1733 [2]
  • William Calhoun, who landed in America in 1795-1798 [1]
  • Andrew Calhoun, who landed in America in 1795 [1]
Calhoun Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jean Calhoun, who landed in America in 1805 [1]
  • John Calhoun, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]
  • Samuel Calhoun, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]
  • William Calhoun, who landed in America in 1805 [1]
  • Altar Calhoun, aged 49, who landed in South Carolina in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Calhoun (post 1700)

  • Marge Calhoun (1926-2017), American first woman world champion surfer
  • Lamar Dupré Calhoun (1971-2017), known by his stage name, Crazy Toones, an American hip-hop producer and DJ
  • Ann Carter "Bootsie" Calhoun (1924-2014), American politician
  • Barbara Fiske Calhoun (1919-2014), born Isabelle Daniel Hall, American cartoonist and painter
  • George Whitney Calhoun (1890-1963), American sports and telegraph editor, co-founder of the Green Bay Packers
  • James Calhoun (1845-1876), American soldier in the United States Army during the American Civil War and the Black Hills War, brother-in-law of George Armstrong Custer, he was killed in the Battle of the Little Bighorn
  • Chad Calhoun (b. 1933), one of the many pseudonyms of Ron Goulart, American mystery, fantasy and science fiction author
  • Wil Calhoun, American Primetime Emmy nominated television producer and writer
  • John B. Calhoun (1917-1995), American ecologist and research psychologist
  • James S. Calhoun (1802-1852), American Governor of New Mexico Territory from 1851 to 1852
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Calhoun,_Patrick_(DNB00)
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