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Early Origins of the Camara family

The surname Camara was first found in Provence where this illustrious family held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Camara family

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Camara Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Camus, Camut, Camou, Camu, Camous, Gamu, Gamus, Gamou, Gamous, Le Camus, Le Camut, Le Camou, Le Camu, Le Camous, Le Gamu, Le Gamus, Le Gamou, Le Gamous, Camard, Camardo, Camardon and many more.

Early Notables of the Camara family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the names at this time was Jean-Pierre Camus de Pontcarré (1584-1652), a French bishop, preacher, and author of works of fiction and spirituality. Étienne Le Camus (1632-1707), was a French cardinal, son of Nicolas le Camus, a state councillor. Camus Cognac is a brand of cognac that has been produced by five generations of the Camus family, since 1863 when Jean-Baptiste Camus organized a group of producers to sell cognac under the brand 'La Grande Marque'. Sébastien Le Camus (ca. 1610-1677) was a French composer...
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Camara Ranking

In the United States, the name Camara is the 4,786th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Camara is ranked the 4,645th most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [2]

United States Camara migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Camara Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Baltasar De La Camara who arrived in Mexico in 1565
  • Juana de la Camara who settled in New Spain with three sisters, Diego de Camara who settled in Ecuador in 1584
  • Pedro De La Camara who immigrated to the Philippines in 1594
Camara Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francisco V Camara Peresteitto who arrived in New York City in 1822
  • Juan Camara, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860 [3]
  • Manuel Camara, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1898 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Camara (post 1700) +

  • Eugène Camara (1942-2019), Guinea politician, Prime Minister of Guinea in February 2007
  • Naby Laye "Papa" Camara (1951-2018), Guinean footballer of the 1970s and 1980s
  • Cheick Fantamady Camara (1960-2017), award-winning Guinean film director
  • Helder Pessoa Camara (b. 1909), Roman Catholic theologian and clergyman, born in Fortaleza, Brazil. Archbishop of Olinda and Recife (1964--84), and received international recognition with the award of the Martin Luther King, Jr, Peace Prize (1970) and the People's Prize (1973)
  • Camara Laye (1928-1980), African writer from French Guinea

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  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook