MacColm History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the MacColm 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 MacColm family
The surname MacColm 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 MacColm family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacColm 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 MacColm History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacColm 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 MacColm family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacColm family to Ireland
Some of the MacColm 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.
MacColm migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Typical MacColm Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
MacColm Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Malcolm Maccolm, who landed in Maryland in 1716 
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