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

The name Callow comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a shy or introverted person. An alternate derivation of the surname comes from the Old English, where Callow means the bald or bare hill. In such a case it could have been a nickname for a bald person, or a name given to someone who lived near a prominent treeless hill.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Callow has undergone many spelling variations, including Callow, Calow and others.

First found in Worcestershire 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 Callow research. Another 232 words(17 lines of text) covering the year 1487 is included under the topic Early Callow History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Callow were among those contributors:

Callow Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Christian Callow who settled in New England in 1698

Callow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John R Callow, who arrived in America in 1807
  • John Callow arrived in Philadelphia in 1813

Callow Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Stephen Callow, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. Thomas Callow U.E who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 202 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York
  • Mrs. Ann Callow who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 302 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York
  • Miss Mary Callow (b. 1769), aged 14 who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 343 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York
  • Mr. John Callow (b. 1766), aged 17 who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 342 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York

Callow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Elizabeth Callow, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila

Callow Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Robert Callow, aged 35, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Emily Callow, aged 22, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842

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  • William Grant Callow (b. 1921), American jurist
  • Simon Philip Hugh Callow (b. 1949), English stage, film and television actor
  • William Callow (1812-1908), English landscape painter, engraver and water colourist
  • Robert Kenneth Callow FRS (1901-1983), British biochemist, known for his work at the National Institute for Medical Research and his pioneering work on on steroids, vitamin D, and the synthesis of cortisone
  • Henry Callow CBE, Manx former Second Deemster in the Isle of Man


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