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On the Scottish west coast, the McCall family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the Gaelic surname of Scottish origin, which means son of the battle chief.

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The surname McCall 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 held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

In various documents McCall has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacAll, MacColl, MacCole, MacCall, MacAul, Mccall and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCall research. Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1602 is included under the topic Early McCall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early McCall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the McCall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 158 words (11 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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Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

McCall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James McCall, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
  • Martin McCall, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
  • William McCall, who landed in New Jersey in 1685

McCall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Donald McCall, who arrived in America in 1760
  • John McCall, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1794

McCall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Dougal McCall, who landed in New York in 1800
  • Dugall McCall, aged 46, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Daniel McCall, aged 27, landed in North Carolina in 1812
  • Terence McCall, who landed in New York in 1829
  • Andrew McCall, who arrived in New York, NY in 1840
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McCall Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Donald McCall Sr., U.E. (b. 1735) born in Scotland who settled in Charlotteville [Walsh], Ontario c. 1784 married to Elsie Simson having 5 children, he died in 1818
  • Mr. George McCall U.E. born in Scotland who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1812
  • Mr. John McCall U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mrs. Lydia McCall U.E. (b. 1738) who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 wife of George McCall, she died in 1828

McCall Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Duncan McCall, who landed in Canada in 1832
  • Isabella McCall, aged 26, a widow, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Silestria" from Belfast, Ireland
  • H. McCall, aged 20, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
  • Sarah McCall, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
  • William McCall, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland

McCall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James McCall, aged 34, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"

McCall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W. McCall arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eastfield" in 1857
  • James McCall, aged 21, a plumber, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Margaret McCall, aged 18, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Robert McCall, aged 34, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Elizabeth McCall, aged 36, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
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  • Robert McCall (1919-2010), American conceptual artist, known for his work on 2001: A Space Odyssey, and with NASA
  • Herman Carl McCall (1935-1993), American politician, 52nd Comptroller of New York (1993-2002)
  • Jack McCall (1850-1877), American outlaw who killed James "Wild Bill" Hickok
  • Staff Sergeant Thomas Edward McCall (1916-1965), American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Captain Edward R. McCall (1790-1853), American Naval officer in the U.S. Navy during the War of 1812
  • Thomas Lawson McCall (1913-1983), American politician and journalist, Governor of the Oregon (1967-1975)
  • Samuel Walker McCall (1851-1923), American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives, and Governor of Massachusetts
  • Andrew Stuart Murray McCall (b. 1964), Scottish former footballer
  • Ian McCall (b. 1965), Scottish footballer
  • Andy McCall (b. 1911), Scottish footballer and manager
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McCall Historic Events



HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. James Mccall, British Telegraphist, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
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  • Campbell and McCall Family History by Rachel M. Campbell.
  • Captain John McCall by Clare M. McCall.
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    10. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
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