Today's generation of the Callison family bears a name that was brought to England
by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Callison family lived in Norfolk
, where they were Lords of the Castle of Cailly.
Early Origins of the Callison family
The surname Callison was first found in Norfolk
where one of the first records of the name was William de Kailli, de Caly who was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1210. Alternatively the name Caley, is a fairly common Manx name. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Callison family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Callison research.Another 297 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1661, 1610, 1681, 1602, 1667, 1640, 1635, 1708, 1654, 1727, 1663, 1717 and 1576 are included under the topic Early Callison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Callison Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Callison were recorded, including Cailly, Calley, Callis, Cally, Caley, Cayley and many more.
Early Notables of the Callison family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Cawley (1602-1667), British politician, MP for Midhurst in 1640 and regicide who fled to the Netherlands
and then Switzerland
after the Restoration; Sir William Cayley, 2nd Baronet
(1635-c. 1708); Sir Arthur Cayley, 3rd Baronet (c.
1654-1727); and John Calley... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Callison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Callison family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Callison arrived in North America very early: John Calley who settled in New England
with his son in 1679; Anne Cally arrived in New York City in 1822.
Contemporary Notables of the name Callison (post 1700)
- John Wesley Callison (1939-2006), American Major League Baseball right fielder
- Prince Gary "Prink" Callison (1899-1986), American football player and coach
- Brian Callison (b. 1934), English novelist known for his best-selling thrillers and sea stories
- Martin Callison (b. 1952), Australian rules footballer
The Callison Motto
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: Callide et honeste
Motto Translation: Wisely and honourably.