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Callan Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cathaláin ‘descendant of Cathalán’, a personal name representing a diminutive of Cathal (see Cahill). Irish and Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Ailin, a patronymic from an old Gaelic personal name derived from ail ‘rock’. Irish and Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cailin ‘son of Cailin’ (see Collin).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Scallan, Calland, Allan, Cavan, Gallen, Carlan, Caslin, Calnan

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Where is the Callan family from?

You can see how Callan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Callan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Callan families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 98 Callan families living in Ontario. This was about 52% of all the recorded Callan's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Callan families in 1911.
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What did your Callan ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Callan. 15% of Callan men worked as a Salesman and 38% of Callan women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Callan were Engineer and Housewife.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Engineer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Operator
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 44,000 census records available for the last name Callan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Callan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Callan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Callan. For the veterans among your Callan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Callan lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Callan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Callan in 1945 was 43, and 73 in 2004.

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