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Campbell Family History

Campbell Name Meaning
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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Campbell Families

  • Number of Campbell families
     2,423 - 4,843
     808 - 2,422
     1 - 807
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Campbell families
     1,926 - 3,849
     643 - 1,925
     1 - 642
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Campbell families
     5,587 - 11,171
     1,863 - 5,586
     1 - 1,862
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Campbell Family Origin

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Campbell Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Campbell

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Campbell Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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