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

The name Campbell was first used by a Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands. It was a name for a person with a crooked mouth, or crooked smile. This nickname surname is derived from the Gaelic words cam and beul, meaning crooked and mouth. Nicknames could be derived from various sources. In general, they came from the physical characteristics, behavior, mannerisms and other attributes of the bearer.

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In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Campbell has appeared as Campbell, Cambell, Cambel, Camble, Cammell and many more.

First found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute. Researchers suggest a joint progenitor of both the Campbells and the MacArthurs. The MacArthurs were the ancient senior sept of the Campbells. Arthur derives from the son of King Aedan MacGabhran, the 9th century Scots King of Argyll. The Clan Campbell was known as the Siol Diarmaid an Tuirc or, alternatively, the Clan Duibhne, and in a Crown charter Duncan MacDuibhne was ancestor of the Lords of Lochow in 1368.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Campbell research. Another 785 words(56 lines of text) covering the years 1427, 1411, 1517, 1437, 1701, 1878, 1437, 1607, 1661, 1629, 1685, 1630, 1696, 1701, 1636, 1717, 1757 and are included under the topic Early Campbell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 203 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Campbell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Campbell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 113 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them:

Campbell Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Colin Campbell, who landed in New Jersey in 1685

Campbell Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Daniel Campbell, who landed in New England in 1716
  • Eliz Campbell, who landed in New York, NY in 1738
  • Ronald Campbell, who landed in New York in 1738
  • Dugald Campbell, who landed in New York in 1739
  • Anna Campbell, who arrived in New York in 1739


Campbell Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Walter Campbell, who arrived in America in 1803
  • Saml Campbell, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Sara Campbell, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Elr Campbell, who landed in America in 1805
  • Dan Campbell, who arrived in America in 1805


Campbell Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Collin Campbell, who landed in Minnesota in 1901
  • William Louis Campbell, who landed in Colorado in 1907
  • James George Campbell, who arrived in Alabama in 1918

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  • Carroll Ashmore Campbell Jr. (b. 1940), American Republican politician, representative from South Carolina (1979-1987) and Governor of South Carolina (1987-1995)
  • Jack M Campbell (1916-1999), American lawyer and Democratic politician, governor of New Mexico (1963-1967)
  • Joseph Campbell (1904-1987), American folklorist and authority on mythology
  • Lana Deym Campbell (b. 1955), award winning American artist (born Countess Svietlana Deym von Stritez) who Salvador Dali once called "one of the most talented persons he had ever met"
  • William Wallace Campbell (1862-1938), American astronomer, and director of Lick Observatory from 1900 to 1930
  • Douglas Campbell (1896-1990), American aviator awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Croix de Guerre during WWII, he was the first American aviator flying in an American unit to achieve the status of ace
  • Robert Campbell, American Pulitzer Prize-winning (1996) architecture critic for the Boston Globe
  • Glen Travis Campbell (b. 1936), Grammy, Dove Award-winning and Golden Globe nominated American country pop singer, guitarist, television host and occasional actor
  • Brigadier-General Arthur Griffith Campbell (1884-1957), American Commanding General Newport Subsector New England Sector North Atlantic Coastal Frontier (1941-1944)
  • Brigadier-General Boniface Campbell (1895-1988), American Commanding Officer Artillery 98th Division (1942-1945)

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  • Campbell Family History by Gwen Campbell.
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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: Ne obliviscaris
Motto Translation: Forget not.

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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...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Campbell
Affeigh, Balandan, Balandand, Balandane, Balandant, Balanden, Balandend, Balandent, Balandind, Balandint, Balandyn, Balandynd, Balantine, Balanting, Balantink, Balantyne, Balendan, Balendand, Balendane, Balendant, Balenden, Balendend, Balendent, Balendind, Balendine, Balending, Balendink, Balendint, Balendyn, Balendynd, Balendyne, Balentine, Balenting, Balentink, Balentyne, Balintolm, Balintom, Balintomb, Balintombe, Balintome, Balintone, Balintoom, Balintoomb, Balintoombe, Balintown, Balintum, Balintume, Ballandan, Ballandand, Ballandane and more.

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The Campbell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Campbell 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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