Show ContentsMalcomson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the Malcomson 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Malcomson family

The surname Malcomson 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 Malcomson family

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Malcomson 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 Malcomson family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Malcomson family to Ireland

Some of the Malcomson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Malcomson migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Malcomson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Malcomson, aged 23, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805 [2]
  • Joseph Malcomson, who landed in America in 1809 [2]
  • Adam Malcomson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [2]
  • John Malcomson, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1858 [2]

Canada Malcomson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Malcomson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Robert Malcomson (1795-1868) who immigrated to Upper Canada about 1819 as a "military emigrant" from County Cavan, Ireland, he was granted land that would later become known as Bells Corners, near Ottawa, Ontario

Contemporary Notables of the name Malcomson (post 1700) +

  • Ruth Malcomson (1906-1988), American model, Miss America in 1924
  • Alexander Y. Malcomson (1865-1923), American coal dealer from Detroit who financed Henry Ford
  • William George Malcomson (1856-1937), Canadian born, co-founder of Malcomson and Higginbotham, an architectural firm in Detroit, Michigan, they designed over 75% of the school buildings in Detroit between 1895 and 1923
  • Paula Malcomson (b. 1970), Northern Irish actress

The Malcomson 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. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. 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) on Facebook