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The west coast of Scotland and the rocky Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the McCallister family. The root of their name is the given name Alexander, which in turn was originally derived from the Greek name, which means defender of men. In the late 11th century, Queen Margaret introduced the name, which she had heard in the Hungarian Court where she was raised, into Scotland by naming one of her sons Alexander. The popularity of the name Alexander was ensured by the fact that it was born by three Scottish kings, the first being Margaret's son who succeeded to the throne of Scotland following the death of Malcolm III.

McCallister Early Origins



The surname McCallister was first found in Kintyre, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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McCallister Spelling Variations


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McCallister Spelling Variations



Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. McCallister has been spelled Alexander, Alistair, MacAlexander, Alisandre, Alischoner, Alsinder, Alastair, MacAlexter, Callestar, Aleckander, Alexandri, Alisdair, Alaisder, Alestare, Alistare and many more.

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McCallister Early History


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McCallister Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCallister research. Another 925 words (66 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1295, 1475, 1602, 1200, 1605, 1615, 1765, 1846, 1431, 1570, 1640, 1614, 1588, 1655, 1640, 1643, 1619, 1681, 1665, 1681, 1620, 1665, 1660, 1665, 1653, 1686, 1797 and are included under the topic Early McCallister History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McCallister Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McCallister Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Sir William Alexander (circa 1570-1640), 1st Earl of Stirling, Scottish government official, knighted in 1614, appointed Governor of the barony of Nova Scotia; William Allestry (Allestrie) (1588-1655), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons of England (1640-1643)...

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCallister Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McCallister In Ireland


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McCallister In Ireland



Some of the McCallister family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 187 words (13 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first McCallisters to arrive in North America:

McCallister Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Cornelius McCallister, who arrived in New Castle, Del in 1792

McCallister Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Felix McCallister, who arrived in America in 1811
  • John McCallister, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1814
  • Archibald McCallister, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • David McCallister, who landed in Texas in 1850
  • Alex McCallister, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McCallister Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Annie McCallister, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Newcastlewood, in 1905
  • William McCallister, aged 22, who settled in America from St. John's, Newfoundland in 1905
  • Mary McCallister, aged 23, who emigrated to America from Down, in 1906
  • Michael McCallister, aged 2, who landed in America from Portrush, Ireland, in 1907
  • Charles McCallister, aged 3, who emigrated to America from Portrush, Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McCallister (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McCallister (post 1700)



  • Herbert Alonzo "Lon" McCallister Jr. (1923-2005), American actor, best known for his roles in The Red House (1947), The Story of Seabiscuit (1949) and The Big Cat (1949)
  • Blaine McCallister (b. 1958), American PGA golfer who has had 5 PGA Tour Wins
  • Michael McCallister, American chief executive of Humana, a health insurance company
  • Herbert Alonzo "Lon" McCallister Jr. (1923-2005), American actor who appeared with Edward G. Robinson in The Red House and with Shirley Temple in The Story of Seabiscuit (1947)
  • Jack McCallister (1879-1946), American Major League Baseball coach and manager of the Cleveland Indians
  • Charles McCallister (1903-1997), American bronze medalist water polo player at the 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Robert "Bob" McCallister (b. 1934), American PGA and Senior PGA golfer
  • John McCallister MLA (b. 1972), Northern Ireland Unionist politician, Deputy Leader of NI21 (2013-2014), Deputy Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (2010-2012)

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Motto


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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: Per mare, per terras
Motto Translation: By sea, by land.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    4. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    5. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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    The McCallister Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCallister 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.

    This page was last modified on 29 August 2016 at 17:56.

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