Last name origins & meanings:
- Scottish: nickname from Gaelic cam ‘crooked’, ‘bent’ +
beul ‘mouth’. The surname was often represented in Latin
documents as de bello campo ‘of the fair field’, which led to
the name sometimes being ‘translated’ into Anglo-Norman French as
- In New England documents, Campbell sometimes
occurs as a representation of the French name Hamel.
- The founder of the clan Campbell (and the bearer of the nickname)
was Gillespie Ó Duibhne, who lived at the beginning of the 13th
century. He married Eva Ó Duibhne, heiress of Lochow, and from them
descended a long line of Lairds of Lochow and immensely powerful
Scottish aristocrats, including the dukes of Argyll. For centuries
they wielded enormous power in Scotland. As with many Highland
Scottish clan names, the surname was adopted not merely by descendants
but also retainers of the original clan founders.
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