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Where did the Scottish Cameron family come from? What is the Scottish Cameron family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cameron family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cameron family history?

The rugged west coast of Scotland and the desolate Hebrides islands are the ancestral home of the Cameron family. Their name indicates that the original bearer lived in either Cameron near Edinburgh, Cameron in Lennox, or Cameron in Fife. Thus, the name Camerons of the Lowlands is of territorial origin, from one of the three places so called. The Highland Clan name Cameron may come from the Lowland name, but it is also derived from the Gaelic word cam-shron, which means wry or hook-nosed. The Cameron Clan was described as 'Fiercer than fierceness itself' and it was reputed to be one of the most ancient clans of Scotland. The hereditary name of the chiefs of the Clan is MacDhomnuill Duibh, from their ancestor "Black Donald". The first assured chief of the clan was not found until 14ll, when Donald Du reigned in that year. Following this date, the clan split into three separate branches, one each at Letterfinlay, Strone and Glen Nevis, with the clan seat at Lochaber.


Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Cameron has been spelled Cameron, MacGuillonies, MacSorlies and many more.

First found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, among the hills which surrounded Lochy, Arkaig, and Ely. The Camerons are said to have traditionally descended from the Kings of Denmark and probably assisted in the restoration of King Fergus II in 404. The first written records of the Cameron Clan date back to the 13th century. In 1214, Adam de Kamerun was witness to a charter to the monks of Cupar. In 1219, Hugh Cambrun was the sheriff of Forfar and in 1233, Johannes Cambron was a charter witness in Moray. In 1360, the Cameron Clan received the first official grant of the lands of Lochaber and they were later granted Locheil, and Locharkaig, by the Lord of the Isles.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cameron research. Another 341 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1360, 1370, 1493, 1695, 1748, 1793, 1629, 1719, 1647, 1695, 1748 and are included under the topic Early Cameron History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 61 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cameron Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Cameron family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Cameron arrived in North America very early:

Cameron Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Finley Cameron, who arrived in Maryland in 1716
  • Finlow Cameron, who arrived in Maryland in 1716
  • Richard Cameron, aged 35, arrived in Georgia in 1732
  • James Cameron, who landed in New York in 1739
  • Donald Cameron, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1764

Cameron Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Agnus Cameron, aged 17, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Elinor Cameron, aged 9, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Martha Cameron, aged 14, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • George Cameron, who arrived in America in 1805
  • James C Cameron, aged 34, landed in New York in 1812

Cameron Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Angus Donald Cameron, who arrived in California in 1902


  • Colonel Kenneth Donald Cameron (b. 1949), former NASA Astronaut with over 561 hours in space
  • Kirk Cameron (b. 1970), American actor
  • Mike Cameron (b. 1973), American Major League Baseball player
  • Julia B. Cameron (b. 1948), American teacher, author, artist, poet, playwright, novelist, filmmaker, composer, and journalist
  • William Ewan Cameron (1842-1927), American politician, Governor of Virginia (1882-1886)
  • Robert Curry Cameron (1925-1972), American astronomer
  • David Young Cameron (1865-1945), Scottish artist
  • Archie Cameron (1895-1956), Australian politician
  • Bill Cameron (1942-2005), Canadian Gemini Award winning news anchor, television producer, columnist and author
  • Bob Cameron (b. 1963), Australian politician



  • The Cameron Family by Louise Frances Cameron Rose.
  • A Family Hierarchy in Canada and the United States of America, 1619-1971: Cameron, Allied Kinze and Warth Families by C. E. Cameron.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Aonaibh ri cheile
Motto Translation: Unite


Cameron Clan Badge
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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...


Septs of the Distinguished Name Cameron
Ailineeny, Ailoan, Ailoand, Ailoane, Ailoant, Ailoen, Ailoend, Ailoent, Ailoind, Ailoint, Ailoney, Ailonie, Ailoon, Ailooni, Ailoyn, Ailoynd, Alineeny, Allineeny, Alloan, Alloand, Alloane, Alloant, Alloen, Alloend, Alloent, Alloind, Alloint, Alloney, Allonie, Allony, Alloon, Allooni, Alloyn, Alloynd, Aloan, Aloand, Aloane, Aloant, Aloen, Aloend, Aloent, Aloind, Aloint, Aloney, Alonie, Aloon, Alooni, Aloyn, Aloynd, Camaron and more.


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The Cameron Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cameron Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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