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Callahan Name Meaning

Irish (Munster): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ceallacháin ‘descendant of Ceallachán’ a diminutive of the personal name Ceallach probably meaning ‘bright-headed’ from cen ‘head’ + lach ‘light’. This name was borne by a 10th-century king of Munster from whom many present-day bearers of the surname claim descent.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Hallahan, Callanan, Callan, Colahan, Callaghan, Hanrahan, Canavan

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Where is the Callahan family from?

You can see how Callahan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Callahan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Callahan families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 30 Callahan families living in New York. This was about 17% of all the recorded Callahan's in USA. New York had the highest population of Callahan families in 1840.
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What did your Callahan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Callahan. 13% of Callahan men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Callahan women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Callahan were Clerk 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 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
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Passenger Lists

There are 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Callahan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 56,000 military records available for the last name Callahan. For the veterans among your Callahan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Callahan lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Callahan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Callahan in 1940 was 32, and 74 in 2004.

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