McColm History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

The surname McColm 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 McColm family

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

McColm 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 McColm family (pre 1700)

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McColm Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the McColm family to Ireland

Some of the McColm 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.

Migration of the McColm family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Malcolm Maccallum, who was on record in Boston in 1650; Micam MacCallum, who arrived in Boston in 1651; Archibald Maccallum, a Scotch Prisoner sent to New Jersey in 1685.


Contemporary Notables of the name McColm (post 1700) +

  • Matt McColm (b. 1965), American actor and stuntman, and former model, best known for his leading role as Johnny Domino in the 1997-1999 television series Night Man
  • Malcolm Llewellyn McColm (1914-1966), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Bowman (1949-1961)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Christina Mccolm, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [1]


The McColm 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. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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