Callan Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Callan Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Callan

The Callan family history was found in the archives. Variants of Callan include Cahalane, Callann, Culhane and Callen. In Irish this name is O'Cathalain and the variants listed are the anglicized forms of this Gaelic name. The ancestor of the Oriel sept of O'Cathalain was Cathalan, King of Farney, who was slain in the year 1028. We find the name frequently in the Fiants, Monastic Extents, Hearth Money Rolls and the Petty Census of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Another sept of the name was found in County Roscommon in early mediaeval times but the name is rare there today. In early mediaeval records in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries we find the spelling 'de Callan'. A David de Callan was Mayor of Dublin in 1280.
The Callan 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 Callan descendants.
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