Callard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Callard has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from the given name Nicholas. A common diminutive of the name Nicholas was Col. The suffix "ard" was a Norman French suffix that meant "son of." [1]

Another source notes that the name could have been derived "from the Anglo-Saxon col, [meaning] a helmet, and heard, hard." [2]

And yet another source claims the name could be Norman in origin deriving from Hamon, William, and Geoffry Coillart of Normandy, 1180-95 . [3] Of this latter source, it seems unlikely.

Early Origins of the Callard family

The surname Callard was first found in Essex and Sussex where they held a family seat from very early times.

"The Collards of Kent may find an ancestor in Simon Colard, who represented Dover in Parliament in the reign of Edward III. Christopher Collard was rector of Blackmanstone in the time of Charles I." [4]

The name was "found in Gloucestershire as a personal name, it still remains there as a surname" as shown by the first record of the family, Colard Hariel, Gloucestershire who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [5]

Listings of the name as a personal name continued in the 13th century where Colard le Fauconer was listed in Essex in 1264. It was not until 1332 when Richard Colard was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1332 did records show the name as a surname. [1]

Early History of the Callard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Callard research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1264, 1264, 1666, 1595, 1769, 1772, 1860, 1772, 1799, 1800, 1817, 1831, 1842, 1807, 1851, 1860 and 1786 are included under the topic Early Callard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Callard Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Callard include Callard, Collard, Collarde, Colard, Colarde, Cullard, Collart, Collerd and many more.

Early Notables of the Callard family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Frederick Willam Collard (1772-1860), English pianoforte manufacturer, son of William and Thamosin Collard, baptised at Wiveliscombe, Somersetshire, on 21 June 1772. He ventured to "London at the age of fourteen, obtained a situation in the house of Longman, Lukey, & Broderip, music publishers and pianoforte makers at 26 Cheapside. In 1799 Longman & Co. fell into commercial difficulties, and a new company, consisting of John Longman, Muzio Clementi, Frederick Augustus Hyde, F. W. Collard, Josiah Banger, and David Davis, took over the business, but on 28 June 1800 Longman and Hyde retired, and...
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United States Callard migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Callard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Arthur Callard, aged 9, who settled in America, in 1894
  • John Callard, aged 43, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
Callard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frederick William Callard, aged 58, who landed in America from London, England, in 1921
  • William H. Callard, aged 35, who immigrated to America, in 1921
  • James Callard, aged 38, who settled in America, in 1922
  • Milrray Callard, aged 16, who landed in America, in 1924

Canada Callard migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Callard Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Gwyn Harry Callard, aged 29, who settled in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1915

Australia Callard migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Callard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Callard, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Earl Spencer" in May 1813, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Miss Pathena Callard, (b. 1846), aged 37, Cornish house keeper travelling aboard the ship "Illwarra" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 29th July 1883 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Callard (post 1700) +

  • Rebecca Jayne Callard, English actress
  • Jonathan Edward Brooks Callard (b. 1966), English coach at the Rugby Football Union's National Academy
  • Kay Callard (1923-2008), Canadian film and television actress


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th September 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-spencer
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 19). Emigrants to Australia NSW 1860 -88 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/nsw_passenger_lists_1860_88.pdf


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