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

The name Callery is an age-old Dalriadan-Scottish nickname for a young man with tanned skin or with tawny hair with darker streaks. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac 'Ille riabhaich, which means son of the brindled lad.

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The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Callery has appeared as Macilreach, McIlreach, MacIlreath, McIlreath, Macilriach, McIlriach, Macilraith, McIlraith, Macilaraith, McIlaraith, Macilarith, McIlarith, Macilwraith, McIlwraith, Macilwraithe, McIlwraithe, MacIlwrathe, McIlwrathe, MacKilwrath, McKilwrath, MacKilwrathe, McKilwrathe, Macgfillreich, McFillreich, Macileriach, McIleriach, Macillrich, McIllrich, Macilurick, McIlurick, Macilwrick, McIlwrick, MacIlwrith, McIlwrith, MacIlrevie, McIlrevie, MacKilreve, McKilreve, MacKilrea, McKilrea, MacElrath, McElrath, MacElreath, McElreath, McElvrick, MacElvrick, McIllrie, MacIllrie, MacAlwraith, McAlwraith, Revie, McRevie and many more.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Callery research. Another 431 words(31 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1376, 1476, 1508 and 1526 are included under the topic Early Callery History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Callery family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Callery or a variant listed above:

Callery Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jacques Callery, aged 21, arrived in Louisiana in 1719

Callery Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • M Callery, aged 32, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Martin Callery, who landed in Ohio in 1884

Callery Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Phillip Callery, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Osceola"

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  • Mary Callery (1903-1977), American artist known for her Modern and Abstract Expressionist sculpture
  • Sean Callery (b. 1964), American film and television composer
  • Simon Callery (b. 1960), English artist from London
  • Paul Callery (b. 1950), former Australian rules footballer who played from 1970 to 1980


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Per mare per terras
Motto Translation: By sea and by land.

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The Callery Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Callery 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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