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CAMPBELL - Name Meaning & Origin


CAMPBELL Surname Meaning & Origin:

"Crooked or wry mouth," often used to describe a man whose mouth inclined a little on one side. From the Scots Gaelic "Caimbeul" from the Gaelic cam meaning "crooked or distorted" and beul for "mouth." Gillespie O Duibhne was the first to have borne the name, and founded clan Campbell at the beginning of the 13th century.

Another possible derivation of the Campbell surname comes from Mac Cathmhaoil, meaning "son of the battle chieftain."

Campbell is the 43rd most popular surname in the United States and the 6th most common surname in Scotland. It is also a very common surname in Ireland.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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