Campbell (surname)

Scottish clan John Francis Campbell Surname
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Campbell surname map
Region of originScotland
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Campbell is a Scottish surname—derived from the Gaelic roots cam ("crooked") and beul ("mouth")—that originated as a nickname meaning "crooked mouth" or "wry mouthed."[2] Due to large scale Scottish immigration in the 16th and 17th Centuries, the name is also found across the island of Ireland but particularly in Ulster. Outside of Ulster, Irish occurrences of the name can also derive from the surname Mac Cathmhaoil, from which also descend the surnames MacCawill, McCaul, MacCall, and Caulfield. The Irish pronunciation of Cathmhaoil ("battle chief") coincided with the Scottish pronunciation of Campbell, and the name was anglicised accordingly.[3]

Campbell is the third most common surname in Northern Ireland, fourth most common in Jamaica, seventh most common in Scotland, 12th most common in Canada, 18th most common in Australia, 41st most common in the United States and 65th most common in England.[1]

Notable persons named Campbell

Campbell Killian famous Kiltormer man.

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  1. ^ a b "Campbell Surname Meaning and Distribution". Retrieved 21 January 2014
  2. ^ Partick Woulfe (March 2010). Irish Names and Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Com. ISBN 978-0-8063-0381-9. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  3. ^ Alastair Campbell (September 2000). A history of Clan Campbell. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 5–. ISBN 978-1-902930-17-6. Retrieved 15 March 2012.