Camelot is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname that came from the given name Camel,
a variation of the Old Norse name Gamall.
The surname Camelot is also of nickname
origin and refers to a person who had physical characteristics similar to a camel.
These characteristics could include awkwardness and ill-temper. The origin is also toponymic, which means that the bearers came from Queen Camel
or West Camel,
which were parishes in Somerset
Early Origins of the Camelot family
The surname Camelot was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Camelot family
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Camelot Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Camelot has been recorded under many different variations, including Camell, Cammel, Camel, Camule, Camyll, Gamyll, Cammell and many more.
Early Notables of the Camelot family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Camelot family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Camelot or a variant listed above: Edmund Camell who arrived in Virginia in 1637; James Camell in New England
in 1652; and John Cammel who arrived in South Carolina in 1716.