Calum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the Calum family were born. Their name comes from the Gaelic personal name "MacChaluim" which means "son of Calum," oe "son of St. Colomba." The names MacCallum and Malcolm are used interchangeably as Calum is the often Anglicized as Malcolm.

Early Origins of the Calum family

The surname Calum was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they quickly attained the status of Clan. Their ancient Clan seat was at Poltalloch near Loch Craignish.

The related Clan Calum is said to have been from Ariskeodnish. One of the earliest records of the name was Reginald MacCallum of Corbarron who was made the hereditary constable of Craignish Castle in 1414. Sir Duncan Campbell granted him lands in Craignish and on Loch Avich. This arrangement demonstrates the strong alliance between the MacCallums and the Campbells of Argyll; an arrangement which made them deadly foes of the MacDonalds.

In 1647, Sir Alexander MacDonald killed Zacharie MacCallum, a supporter of the Campbell Chief, in battle at Ederline. In the 17th century, another Zachary Maccallum was bequeathed the Cobarron lands by the last of that branch.

Important Dates for the Calum family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Calum research. Another 270 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1562, 1779, 1647, 1665, 1850, 1665, 1793 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Calum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Calum Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Malcolmson, Malcollm, Malcom, Malcomb, Malcome, Malcomson, Malcum, MacCallam, MacCallum and many more.

Early Notables of the Calum family (pre 1700)

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Calum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Calum family to Ireland

Some of the Calum family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Calum family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Malcolm Maccallum, who was on record in Boston in 1650; Micam MacCallum, who arrived in Boston in 1651; Archibald Maccallum, a Scotch Prisoner sent to New Jersey in 1685.

Contemporary Notables of the name Calum (post 1700)

  • Calum John Haggett (b. 1990), English cricketer who plays for Kent County Cricket Club
  • Calum MacRae (b. 1980), Scottish rugby union skills coach
  • Calum Worthy (b. 1991), Canadian actor, singer and musician from Victoria, British Columbia
  • Calum Bett (b. 1981), Icelandic football player
  • Calum Elliot (b. 1987), Scottish professional footballer
  • Calum Daniel Willock (b. 1981), English -born Saint Kittitian and Nevisian international footballer
  • Calum Keith Rennie (b. 1960), Canadian television and film actor

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