Show ContentsCammell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Cammell begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the given name Camel, a variation of the Old Norse name Gamall. The surname Cammell 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 Cammell family

The surname Cammell was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

The Keymell variant hails from Cornwall. "This ancient and respectable family first came into England with William the Conqueror in 1066, and took up their principal abode in Somerset and Devon. But Geoffrey St. Aubyn on his marriage with Elizabeth, heiress of Keymell, became an inhabitant of Cornwall; in which county his descendants have ever since resided. This famous family, which was first denominated from Mount Seyntaubyn in Normandy, after their establishment in this country, formed alliances by marriages in their descent, with the several families of Keymell, Coleshill, Whittington, Grenvill, Mallet, Godolphin, Jenkin, Trenowth, De la Haye, and Morrice." [1]

Early History of the Cammell family

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Cammell 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. Cammell has been recorded under many different variations, including Camell, Cammel, Camel, Camule, Camyll, Gamyll, Cammell and many more.

Early Notables of the Cammell family (pre 1700)

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United States Cammell migration to the United States +

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 Cammell or a variant listed above:

Cammell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Alexander Cammell, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [2]
  • John Cammell, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [2]
  • Alice Cammell, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [2]
  • Patrick Cammell, who arrived in Maryland in 1675 [2]
  • Rebecca Cammell, who landed in Maryland in 1679 [2]
Cammell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alex Cammell, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [2]
  • Daniel Cammell, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [2]
  • James Cammell, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [2]

Australia Cammell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Cammell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  1. Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  2. 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)
  3. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from on Facebook