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Scottish Origin

A Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands was the first to use the surname Campbell. It is a name for a person with a crooked mouth, or crooked smile. This nickname surname is derived from the Gaelic words "cam" and "beul," meaning "crooked" and "mouth." Nicknames were a common source for surnames; in general, they came from the physical characteristics, behavior, mannerisms and other attributes of the bearer.

First found in Argyllshire where they held a family seat from early times.

Spelling Variations

Campbell, Cambell, Cambel, Camble, Cammell

Motto Translated

Forget not.

On Geni

There are at least 2,436 profiles on Geni with the name Campbell.

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