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The name Calnan comes from the Irish Gaelic O Cathalain. The Gaelic versions of today's Irish names demonstrate a link to a proud, ancient past. The name is possibly derived from Cathalan, king of Farney slain in 1028, whose name means Little Charles, and from whom the family is thought to have descended. Cathalan was in turn descended from Coleman Mor, the king of Meath and (the 133rd Monarch of Ireland).

Calnan Early Origins



The surname Calnan was first found in County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Calnan Spelling Variations


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Calnan Spelling Variations



Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Calnan are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Callan, Callanan, Caillan, Calan, Calanan, Callen, Callin, Callon, Callinan, Callinon and many more.

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Calnan Early History


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Calnan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Calnan research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1027 and 1280 are included under the topic Early Calnan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Calnan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Calnan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Calnan Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Calnan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Calnan, aged 27, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Independence" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Joanna Calnan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1841
  • Jeremiah Calnan, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Calnan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jeremiah Calnan, aged 38, a cooper, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Africaine.htm
  • Mary Ann Calnan, aged 32, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Africaine.htm
  • John Calnan, aged 12, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Africaine.htm
  • Charles Calnan, aged 8, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Africaine.htm
  • Michael Calnan, aged 7, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Africaine.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Calnan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Calnan (post 1700)



  • George Charles Calnan (1900-1933), United States Navy officer and American three-time bronze medalist fencer at the 1928 and 1932 Summer Olympics, posthumously inducted in the US Fencing Hall of Fame in 1963
  • Michael Calnan, Irish former Labour Party politician from County Cork, Senator for Cork from 1993 to 1997
  • Wing Commander Thomas Daniel Calnan (b. 1915), English pilot and prisoner-of-war of World War II, author of his memoir Free As A Running Fox about his life at Stalag Luft III and his many escape attempts
  • Clement Noel Calnan (1888-1974), English cricketer who played from 1919 through 1929 for Essex

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Africaine.htm

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  5. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  10. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
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The Calnan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Calnan 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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