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Where did the English Callaway family come from? What is the English Callaway family crest and coat of arms? When did the Callaway family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Callaway family history?

Callaway is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in a small settlement in either Devon or Cornwall. Thus, Callaway is a habitation surname derived from the place, named Callway or Calway.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Callaway has been recorded under many different variations, including Callaway, Kelloway, Kellaway, Calloway and others.

First found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Callaway research. Another 194 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1185 is included under the topic Early Callaway History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Callaway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Callaway or a variant listed above:

Callaway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Edmund Callaway who settled in Virginia in 1639, his descendants would later become recorded as a distinguished family of the USA, the history of which can be found in Burke's
  • Edmund Callaway, who arrived in Virginia in 1639
  • John Callaway, who arrived in Maryland in 1662
  • Mary Callaway, who arrived in Virginia in 1663

Callaway Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Cornelius Callaway, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Jeremy Callaway, who landed in Virginia in 1701

Callaway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • W. M. Callaway arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • W M Callaway, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • M Callaway, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • M. P. Callaway, aged 25, who emigrated to America from Hamilton, Bermuda, in 1897
  • Arthur John Callaway, aged 15, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1898

Callaway Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • G. W. Callaway, who landed in America, in 1900
  • Mrs. Samuel Rodgers Callaway, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Samuel Rodgers Callaway, who settled in America, in 1903
  • John Callaway, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Nellie M. Callaway, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1910


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  • Howard Hollis "Bo" Callaway (1927-2014), American businessman and politician, the 11th United States Secretary of the Army (1973 to 1975)
  • Ely Reeves Callaway Jr. (1919-2001), American founder of Callaway Golf, the golf-equipment manufacturer
  • Ann Hampton Callaway (b. 1958), American singer, composer, lyricist, pianist, and actress
  • Mickey Callaway (b. 1975), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Richard Callaway (1860-1935), Australian cricket umpire


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  • The Descendants of the Connecticut Calawa.
  • and Family Album by Merle Lelland Calaway.
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The Callaway Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Callaway 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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