Show ContentsCallender History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Callender was first used as a surname by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The ancestors of the Callender family lived on the lands or barony of Callander in Perthshire. The name is quite mistakenly thought of as an occupational name derived from the trade of calendering or glossing cloth. Scholars seem to agree that this name was not related to the calendar of the months.

Early Origins of the Callender family

The surname Callender was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland. "This place derives its name, of Gaelic origin, from an ancient ferry across the river Teath, the principal road to which lay within its limits." [1]

Early History of the Callender family

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Callender Spelling Variations

Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Callender has appeared Callander, Callender, Callandar, Callenter, Kalender, Calenter and many more.

Early Notables of the Callender family (pre 1700)

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Callender Ranking

In the United States, the name Callender is the 3,981st most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [2]

United States Callender migration to the United States +

Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Callender:

Callender Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Callender who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • William Callender, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [3]
  • Alistair Callender, who settled in Boston in 1651
  • Alester Callender, who landed in New England in 1651-1652 [3]
  • Alexander Callender is one of the 36 original signers of the Declaration of Independence about 1683 in South Carolina
Callender Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William, Callender Jr., who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1729 [3]
  • Benjamin Callender, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1739 [3]
  • R Callender, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 [3]
  • James Thomson Callender, who landed in America in 1794 [3]
  • William Callender, who landed in New York in 1796 [3]
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Callender Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Callender, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803-1827 [3]
  • James Callender, aged 27 settled in New York City in 1820
  • Mr. Callender, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1821 [3]
  • David Callender, who arrived in New York in 1830 [3]
  • M L Callender, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Callender migration to Australia +

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

Callender Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Callender, Scottish convict who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 12th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [4]
  • Mary Callender, aged 36, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie" [5]

New Zealand Callender migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Callender Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Callender, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863

Contemporary Notables of the name Callender (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General George Russell Callender (1884-1973), American Assistant Commandant Medical Department Professional Service Schools (1940-1946) [6]
  • Don Callender (1928-2009), American founder of Marie Callender's restaurants
  • James Callender (1758-1803), Scottish political pamphleteer and journalist [7]
  • John Callender (b. 1954), Scottish psychiatrist and philosopher
  • George William Callender (1830-1878), English surgeon, born at Clifton, member of the Royal College of Surgeons, and F.R.C.S. in 1855 [7]
  • Robert Grantley Callender (1950-1979), Barbados-born, Canadian cricketer at the 1979 Cricket World Cup
  • Colin Callender CBE (b. 1952), English television, film and theater producer, Chairman of Playground Entertainment, former president of HBO Films
  • Emmanuel Callender (b. 1984), Trinidad and Tobago silver medalist track and field sprint athlete at the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Clarence Callender (1961-1988), British sprinter at the 1988 Summer Olympics
  • Leonard Callender Crouch (1866-1953), American lawyer and politician

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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)
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th December 2021). Retrieved from
  5. South Australian Register Friday 17th November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) James Fernie 1854. Retrieved
  6. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) George Callender. Retrieved from
  7. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 31 Oct. 2019 on Facebook