What does the name Campbell mean?
Campbell is a Scottish surname (where it is still the 7th most prevalent surname), also found in Ireland due to the colonisation of the island by Scots in the 1600s and 1700s. Campbell is derived from the Gaelic 'cam beul' (crooked mouth) and is thought to have come about as a nickname and refer to the descendants of somebody who had this particular feature, potentially an early chief of the Campbell clan. The surname Campbell could also be used by those who had no blood relation but lived on or near the lands of the clan, to show their duty towards their liege lord.
The earliest occurrence of the Campbell surname in our family history documents is from 1433, and we currently have 3,052,029 records where Campbell appears.
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Typical jobs for Campbells
Hard-working people, the Campbells. 2266 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Campbells lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Campbell in Lanarkshire.
Campbells’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Campbells were angels, apparently. We found 2431 in criminal records.
Campbells in World War I
According to the World War I records, 3956 Campbells served in the First World War.