Origin of the Name Callanan
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Callanan
include Callinan, Calnan and Calnane. These names are derived from the Gaelic O'Callanain sept who were a medical family to the ruling McCarthys in Carbery, County Cork.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
One of the sept, Angus O'Callanan, wrote a medical treatise for MacCarthy Reagh in the year 1403 and another was the chief scribe of the book of Lismore in the year 1475. Of the various spellings of the name Callinan is usual in County Clare and Callanan in Counties Galway and Cork. Calnan and Calnane are the other two main variant spellings. Six of the name appear in King James army lists, most belonging to the Regiment of the Hon. Nicholas Browne.
The Callanan coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Callanan descendants.