Malcom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the Malcom 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 Malcom family

The surname Malcom 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.

Early History of the Malcom family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Malcom 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 Malcom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Malcom 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 Malcom family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Malcom family to Ireland

Some of the Malcom 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.

United States Malcom migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Malcom Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Malcom, aged 36, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • John Malcom, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • James Malcom, who arrived in Mississippi in 1877 [1]

Australia Malcom migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Malcom Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Harriet Malcom, Scottish convict from Perth, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Malcom (post 1700) +

  • Tiara Patryce Malcom (b. 1983), American college basketball head coach for the FIU Panthers women's basketball team
  • Howard Malcom (1799-1879), American educator and Baptist minister, President of Georgetown College, Kentucky
  • Larry Malcom, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 2008 [3]
  • L. Earl Malcom, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1968 [3]
  • John Malcom Ordway (b. 1950), American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Kazakhstan (2004-2008), United States Ambassador to Armenia (2001-2004)
  • Brigadier-General James Malcom Lewis (1898-1954), American Professor of Military Science & Tactics, Boston College, Massachusetts (1947) [4]
  • David Malcom Rollitt, England rugby union international Number Eight player
  • Colin Malcom McDougall DSO (1917-1984), Canadian author, recipient of the 1958 Governor General's Award
  • Malcom Ollie "Mal" Couch Jr (b. 1938), American founder and president of the Tyndale Theological Seminary
  • Malcom Floyd (b. 1981), American NFL football wide receiver from Sacramento, California

The Malcom 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.

  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)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 2) James Lewis. Retrieved from on Facebook
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