Sunday, July 4, 2010

Campbell

"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."

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 Beauchamp.

In New England documents, Campbell sometimes occurs as a representation of the French name Hamel.

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