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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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