Old Monaghan Families
Some of the old Irish families of Monaghan are given as :
O'Byrne; Boylan; McWard; Treanor; MacArdle-
MacArdell; MacGilmartin; Callan; McNany-McNeny;
Mc Gowan (Smith); Finnegan; Cassidy; McPhillip also
changed to Phillips. Settler names included Davidson;
Stewart; Buchanan; MacKenzie; Cameron; Walker;
Patterson; Sinclair; and McCutcheon.
The Census of 1659
The complete existing returns from the 'census' of 1659 are
given. This is also good for showing the methods of spelling
family names and place names at that time in history. This
census is organized by parish, townland and name of Tituladoe,
along with count of people, English and Irish. The full names of
tituladoes are given, such as Richard Blaney; Thomas Wyatt,
Nicholas, Owen, Mathew Boyd, John Thomas, John Forster...
and so on, and this is repeated for each barony. These
tituladoes are tied to specific townlands.
Principall Irish Names
Furthermore, at the end of this census there is a list of
'Principall Irish Names and Their Number', listing names as:
McArdell 20, O Boyle and Boyle 9, O Beggan 12, O Boylan 13,
O Brynan 9, and so on. It is important to note that the spellings
of place names and family names changed over time. The
researcher should be aware of minor changes in the spelling of
Coats of Arms and Genealogical Notes.
Arms connected in some way to the county, as taken from the
Irish Book of Arms are given. The original listings provide
specific locations for families, and clues for future research.
Among the families with rough sketches of coats of arms
included are: Blaney; Robert Cunninghame, Thomas Dawson
of Dawson's Grove; Fitzherbert of Shantonagh; Hall of
Rowantree house; Hamilton of Cornacassa; Kane of
Drumreaske; Leslie of Glasslough; Lewis of Inniskeen; Lucas-
Scudamore of Castle Shane; and Madden of Hilton Park....etc
P a r t Four
Families history notes from older works, including pedigrees of
Clancy of Dartry; MacKenna of Truagh; Kane of Drumreaske;
Duffy; Lawlor; and MacMahon of Drumgiston. A list of forfeiting
proprietors from the 17th century is included as well.
O'Callan, Mac Callen, Callan and more...
The name of O'Callan was a principal one of Monaghan, Callan a
principal name of Dublin, and McCallan a principal name of
Fermanagh in the census of 1659.
The many variant spelling groups for this name can complicate
research. For example, the name can be related to or confused
with names in the following variant spelling groups :
Callanan, Calhoun, Calnan, Caullin, Cawlin, Cohoon, Colins,
O’Cullane, and Quillan. DNA tests may be in order for many of
the Callan name !
Spelling may have changed
One member is researching Callan of Monaghan, which is
fortunate, as the name is traditionally linked there. The County
Monaghan Genealogy and Family History Notes book gives
further name choices. In the same barony the names of O’Callan
and McCallan are given in some numbers. Alongside those names
you also find O’Cullin and McCullin - all in the 17th century in
Monaghan. All these names could have been interchanged at any
later time in history.
Some Resources with the Name
We find over 70 resources for the name in the free master online
index at www.Irishroots.com, including:
1) The Families of County Dublin, Ireland.
2) The Families of County Donegal, Ireland.
3) County books on Antrim; Mayo, Armagh; and Monaghan.
4) J. Callan in Irish Families on the California Trail
5) McCallan and Callan in County Fermanagh Genealogy notes
6) Callan in ‘The Scottish Macs’
7) O’Callan also found in the Annals of Ireland by the 4 Masters.
Message Board for Callan
If you are just beginning your search, you may want to look here:
Callan Message Board: Callan from Monaghan, Ireland
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