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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.

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The surname Cameron was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cameron Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 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
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Cameron Settlers in 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
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Cameron Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Angus Donald Cameron, who arrived in California in 1902

Cameron Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Cameron settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1744
  • John Cameron, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Janate Cameron, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Janet Cameron, who landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Mary Cameron, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1773
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Cameron Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Cameron, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Eliza Cameron, aged 14, arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Ewan Cameron, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Finlay Cameron, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Flory Cameron, aged 7, landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
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Cameron Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • R J Cameron, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Cameron Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Cameron, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Margaret Alvis Cameron arrived in Kangaroo Bay aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836
  • Hugh Cameron arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1839
  • Hugh Cameron arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bute" in 1839
  • janet Cameron arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839
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Cameron Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Cameron, aged 35, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Allan Cameron, aged 35, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Janet Cameron, aged 30, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • John Cameron, aged 19, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Hugh Cameron, aged 17, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
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  • Gary L. Cameron (b. 1933), American politician, Secretary of State of Iowa, 1965-66
  • George J. Cameron, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1916
  • George Toland Cameron, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952
  • George W. Cameron, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1916
  • Gordon K. Cameron, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly 96th District, 1967-68
  • H. Eugene Cameron, American politician, Burgess of Kingston, Pennsylvania, 1933-35
  • Helen Cameron, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 1960
  • Howard W. Cameron, American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate 23rd District, 1959-62; Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly 75th District, 1974
  • Isaac B. Cameron, American Republican politician, Merchant; Columbiana County Treasurer, 1894-97; Ohio Treasurer of State, 1900-04; Chair of Columbiana County Republican Party, 1901
  • James Cameron, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Warren County, 1845
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Cameron Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Miss Ruth P.  Cameron (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Annie  Cameron, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Donald C.  Cameron (1913-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Ida May  Cameron (1879-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Vera G.  Cameron (1885-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
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HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Hugh Cameron, British Chief Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Charles W. Cameron, English Band Master from England, who played aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Miss Clear Annie Cameron, aged 35, English Second Class passenger from London, England who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 14
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  • 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.
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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: Aonaibh ri cheile
Motto Translation: Unite

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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 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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    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
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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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