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In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the Malcolm 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.

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The surname Malcolm 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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Malcolm research. Another 539 words (38 lines of text) covering the years 1562, 1779, 1647, 1665, 1850 and 1665 are included under the topic Early Malcolm History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Some of the Malcolm family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Malcolm Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Malcolm, who came to Jamaica in 1679
  • Andrew Malcolm, who was on record in Boston in 1694
  • Duncan Malcolm, who also came to Boston in 1694

Malcolm Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Malcolm, who landed in Virginia in 1716
  • Alexander Malcolm, who arrived in Annapolis, Maryland in 1739 aboard the Chesapeake
  • Alexander Malcolm, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1740
  • William Malcolm, who was on record in New York in 1763
  • William Malcolm, who landed in New York in 1770
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Malcolm Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Malcolm, who landed in Virginia in 1800
  • J Malcolm, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Armstrong Malcolm, who landed in New York in 1827
  • Henry Malcolm, aged 18, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Mary Malcolm, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1854

Malcolm Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Finlay Malcolm U.E. born in Scotland from Penobscot, Maine, USA who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 then resettled in Niagara [Home District], Ontario he was part of the Penobscot Association, married to Trypena Wardwell [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Finlay Malcolm, who arrived in Canada in 1796

Malcolm Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Malcolm, aged 35, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834

Malcolm Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Malcolm, a shoemaker, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Malcolm a land proprietor, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • Pulteney Malcolm arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839
  • Archibald Malcolm, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Monsoon"
  • Christian Malcolm, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"
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Malcolm Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Isabella Malcolm, aged 21, a dressmaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • Jane Malcolm, aged 19, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • Andrew Malcolm, aged 38, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Margaret Malcolm, aged 31, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • John Malcolm, aged 2, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
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  • William Malcolm, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1782-84, 1785-87
  • T. G. Malcolm, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Bushire, 1884
  • Philip S. Malcolm, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1909
  • Molly Beth Malcolm, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2000, 2004, 2008; Texas Democratic State Chair, 2002
  • Greek Malcolm, American politician, Delegate to Kentucky secession convention, 1861
  • George Malcolm, American politician, Mayor of Littleton, Colorado, 1948-52
  • Edward F. Malcolm, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Warren County, 1954, 1956
  • Carolyn A. Malcolm, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Chula Vista, California, 1998
  • Norman Malcolm (1911-1990), American philosopher
  • Janet Malcolm (b. 1934), American writer and journalist
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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.

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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...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Malcolm
Malcolm, Malcolmson, Malcom, Malcomb, Malcombe, Malcone, Malcoom, Malcoomb, Malcoombe, Malcown, Malcume and more.

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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  2. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  3. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  6. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  7. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Malcolm Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Malcolm Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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