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The many centuries old Dalriadan-Scottish name Callister comes from the given name Alexander, which in turn was originally derived from the Greek name, which means defender of men. In the late 11th century, Queen Margaret introduced the name, which she had heard in the Hungarian Court where she was raised, into Scotland by naming one of her sons Alexander. The popularity of the name Alexander was ensured by the fact that it was born by three Scottish kings, the first being Margaret's son who succeeded to the throne of Scotland following the death of Malcolm III.

Callister Early Origins



The surname Callister was first found in Kintyre, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Callister Spelling Variations


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Callister Spelling Variations



Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Callister has been spelled Alexander, Alistair, MacAlexander, Alisandre, Alischoner, Alsinder, Alastair, MacAlexter, Callestar, Aleckander, Alexandri, Alisdair, Alaisder, Alestare, Alistare and many more.

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Callister Early History


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Callister Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Callister research. Another 925 words (66 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1295, 1475, 1602, 1200, 1605, 1615, 1765, 1846, 1431, 1570, 1640, 1614, 1588, 1655, 1640, 1643, 1619, 1681, 1665, 1681, 1620, 1665, 1660, 1665, 1653, 1686, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Callister History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Callister Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Callister Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Sir William Alexander (circa 1570-1640), 1st Earl of Stirling, Scottish government official, knighted in 1614, appointed Governor of the barony of Nova Scotia; William Allestry (Allestrie) (1588-1655), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons of England (1640-1643)...

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Callister Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Callister In Ireland


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Callister In Ireland



Some of the Callister family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Callister family emigrate to North America:

Callister Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Callister, who arrived in Schuyler County, III in 1867
  • R. Callister, aged 29, who arrived in America from Liverpool, England, in 1894
  • Evan D. Callister, aged 20, who arrived in America from Liverpool, England, in 1897

Callister Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Stanley Thomas Callister, aged 22, who arrived in America from Isle of Man, in 1902
  • Thomas Callister, aged 39, who arrived in America from Douglas, Isle of Man, in 1905
  • Joseph Callister, aged 43, who arrived in America, in 1905
  • William Henry Callister, aged 18, who arrived in America from Peel, Isle of Man, in 1907
  • William Callister, aged 23, who arrived in America from Port Erin, Isle of Man, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Callister (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Callister (post 1700)



  • T. Brian Callister, American National Medical Director at The LifeCare Family of Hospitals
  • Tad Richards Callister (1945-2014), American general president of the Sunday School of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (2014-)
  • Charles Warren Callister (1917-2008), American architect known for his single-family homes and large community developments
  • William Callister MHK (1808-1872), Manx timber importer in Ramsey, Isle of Man, Member of the House of Keys
  • Kent Callister (1995-2014), Australian snowboarder at the 2014 Winter Olympics, grandson of Cyril Callister
  • Cyril Percy Callister (1893-1949), Australian chemist and food technologist who developed the Vegemite yeast spread
  • David Callister MHK (b. 1935), Manx broadcaster, Member of the Legislative Council of the Isle of Man (2008-)
  • Marion Jones Callister (1921-1997), United States federal judge

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Motto


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


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    4. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    9. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 30 November 2014 at 10:03.

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