MacCall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The west coast of Scotland and the rocky Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the MacCall family. The root of their name is the Gaelic surname of Scottish origin, which means son of the battle chief.

Early Origins of the MacCall family

The surname MacCall 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 early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Important Dates for the MacCall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacCall research. Another 138 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1602 is included under the topic Early MacCall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacCall Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. MacCall has been spelled MacAll, MacColl, MacCole, MacCall, MacAul, Mccall and others.

Early Notables of the MacCall family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early MacCall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the MacCall family to Ireland

Some of the MacCall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacCall migration to the United States

Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first MacCalls to arrive in North America:

MacCall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alex MacCall, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Alice MacCall, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Andrew and Catherine MacCall, who settled in Boston in 1849
  • Andrew, Denis, Hugh, James, John, Patrick, Robert, and William MacCall all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Contemporary Notables of the name MacCall (post 1700)

  • Tom MacCall, American news analyst
  • Robin MacCall, American politician
  • Admiral Sir Henry MacCall,
  • Charles MacCall, British Artist


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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