islands and the west coast of Scotland
are the ancestral home of the Calem family. Their name comes from the Scottish name MacCallum, which means "the son of the gillie of Callum." However, the full form of the name was used until the 17th century. The Callums were an import branch of the Clan
McLeod of Raasay.
Early Origins of the Calem family
The surname Calem 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 held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Calem family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Calem research.Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the year 1636 is included under the topic Early Calem History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Calem Spelling Variations
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations
. Calem has been written as Callum, MacColum, MacCallum, Colum, Callam, Callem, Calam and many more.
Early Notables of the Calem family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Calem family to Ireland
Some of the Calem family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 32 words (2 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 Calem family to the New World and Oceana
Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence
as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan
societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Calem or a variant listed above: Patrick Callum who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1868.
The Calem 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: In ardua tendit
Motto Translation: He reaches towards things difficult of attainment.
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