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The name Callan 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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The surname Callan was 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.

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Callan dating from that time include Callan, Callanan, Caillan, Calan, Calanan, Callen, Callin, Callon, Callinan, Callinon and many more.


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

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

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Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Callan:

Callan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Peter Callan who settled in Cape Elizabeth, Maine in 1683

Callan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hugh Callan, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Margaret Callan, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Charles Callan settled in Delaware in 1772
  • Alexander Callan settled in Wilmington, N. C. in 1774
  • Alexander Callan, aged 22, landed in Wilmington North Carolina in 1774
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Callan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Callan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1809
  • Santiago Callan, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Thomas Callan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Patrick Callan, who arrived in America in 1837
  • James Callan, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1854
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Callan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • George Callan settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1809
  • Catherine Callan settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1842

Callan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Peter Callan, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Pater Callan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849
  • Owen Callan, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Roxanne Callan, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"

Callan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Philip Callan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stately" in 1851
  • B. Callan arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883
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  • Thomas Joseph Callan (1853-1908), United States Army soldier who received the Medal of Honor
  • Clair Armstrong Callan (1920-2005), Nebraska Democratic politician
  • K Callan (b. 1942), American actress
  • Curtis Callan (b. 1942), American theoretical physicist and a professor at Princeton University
  • Michael Callan (b. 1935), American stage, film and television actor
  • Colm Patrick Callan (1923-2010), Irish rugby player
  • Dave Callan (b. 1975), Irish comedian based in Perth, Australia
  • Father Nicholas Joseph Callan (1799-1864), Irish priest and scientist
  • Kevin Callan, Canadian author, speaker, and canoe enthusiast
  • John Bartholomew Callan (1882-1951), New Zealand judge
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Callan Historic Events



RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Patrick Callan, American 2nd Class passenger from Chicago, Illinois, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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  • The Tansill, Bender, Callan, Holmead, and other Early American Families by Xavier Bender Tansill.
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    2. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Callan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Callan 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.

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