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In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the McCollum 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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Spelling variations of this family name include: Malcolmson, Malcollm, Malcom, Malcomb, Malcome, Malcomson, Malcum, MacCallam, MacCallum and many more.

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.


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

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Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCollum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McCollum 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.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McCollum Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Alexander McCollum, who landed in New England in 1730
  • Archibald McCollum, who arrived in New York, NY in 1740
  • Duncan McCollum, who arrived in New York, NY in 1740
  • Flory McCollum, who arrived in New York in 1740
  • Margaret McArthur McCollum, who arrived in New York, NY in 1740


McCollum Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • David McCollum, aged 71, arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1824
  • James McCollum, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Edward McCollum, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • William McCollum, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1863
  • Dennis McCollum, aged 15, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864


McCollum Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Daniel McCollum, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Margaret McCollum, aged 28, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Mary McCollum, aged 13, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Margaret McCollum, aged 11, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Nathaniel McCollum, aged 6, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834


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  • Cara McCollum (1992-2016), American journalist and a news anchor for SNJ Today, Miss New Jersey 2013
  • Thomas C. McCollum III, American author, known for his novels Uncle Norm, Palmer Lake (2002), Tainted Blood (1995) and Whipsocket (1998)
  • Robert Eugene McCollum (1927-1988), American University Professor from Wayne, Pennsylvania, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Robert Wayne McCollum Jr. (1925-2010), American virologist and epidemiologist at the Yale School of Medicine
  • Rudolph C. "Rudy" McCollum Jr. (b. 1955), American lawyer and politician, 77th Mayor of Richmond, Virginia (2001-2005)
  • Wade McCollum, American film actor, stage actor and composer/musician
  • Ben Golden McCollum (d. 1963), nicknamed the "Sheik of Boynton," an American outlaw in Oklahoma during the 1920s
  • Harley Raymond McCollum (1916-1984), American football tackle
  • Andrew McCollum, American co-founder of Facebook
  • Lieutenant Commander Arthur H. McCollum, American director of the Office of Naval Intelligence's Far East Asia section in 1940 and author of The McCollum memo which warned of the impact of the Japanese Empire in the South Pacific

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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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  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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  6. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  7. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
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The McCollum Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCollum 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 24 February 2016 at 14:19.

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