O'Callahan Family Crest


O'Callahan Family Crest
The Irish surname O'Callahan  is derived from the Gaelic name Ó Ceallacháin meaning “descendant of Ceallachán,” a diminutive of the personal name Ceallach, meaning “bright-headed, or blonde haired,”  from cen meaning “head’ and lach meaning “light.” This name was borne by a 10th-century king of Munster, from whom many present-day bearers of the surname claim descent. County Cork is where most bearers of the name trace their ancestry to.The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John O' Callaghan which was dated 1605, in the birth records of County Cork.

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