Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the MacCallum 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 MacCallum family
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.
Early History of the MacCallum family
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MacCallum 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 MacCallum family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacCallum family to Ireland
Some of the MacCallum family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacCallum family to the New World and Oceana
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MacCallum Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
MacCallum Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
MacCallum Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
MacCallum Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name MacCallum (post 1700)
The MacCallum 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 petit
Motto Translation: He has attempted difficult things.
MacCallum Clan Badge
A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...More...
Septs of the Distinguished Name MacCallum
Allolm, Allomb, Allome, Alloom, Allown, Allume, Calam, Caldam, Caldem, Caldolm, Caldom, Caldomb, Caldombe, Caldome, Caldone, Caldoom, Caldoomb, Caldoombe, Caldown, Caldum, Caldume, Calem, Callam, Callem, Callolm, Callom, Callomb, Callombe, Callome, Callone, Calloom, Calloomb, Calloombe, Callown, Callum, Callume, Calolm, Calom, Calomb, Calombe, Calome, Calone, Caloom, Caloomb, Caloombe, Calown, Caltam, Caltem, Caltolm, Caltom and more.
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