Callan Family History

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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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Callan Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Callan name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Callan. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Callan Family Origin

Where is the Callan family from?

Callan Family Occupations

What did your Callan ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Callan family was Cooper. Coal Miner, Labourer and Tailor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Callan. The most common Callan occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 4% of Callan's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Tailor

  • Cooper


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Callan ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Callan Historical Records

What Callan family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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

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Draft Card

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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Callan Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Callan

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Callan ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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