Campbell Meaning and Origin

Campbell is a unisex name of Scottish and Irish origin, meaning: crooked mouth.” It’s a Scottish surname that’s a charming first name, and even more adorable when shortened to Cam. The name Campbell is an Irish surname—derived from the Scots Gaelic “Caimbeul, cam (“crooked”) and beul (“mouth”)—that originated as a nickname meaning “crooked mouth” or “wry mouthed.” The surname was written in Latin documents as de bello campo ‘of the fair field,’ translated into Anglo-Norman French as Beauchamp. In New England documents, Campbell sometimes occurs as the French name Hamel. Alternatively, the Campbell surname could come from Irish Mac Cathmhaoil, meaning “son of the battle chieftain.” Campbell is the third most common surname in Northern Ireland.

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