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Calnan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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).


Early Origins of the Calnan family


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.

Early History of the Calnan family


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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.

Early Notables of the Calnan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Calnan family to the New World and Oceana


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.)

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


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


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