The Camyll family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from the given name Camel,
a variation of the Old Norse name Gamall.
The surname Camyll 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 Camyll family
The surname Camyll was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Camyll family
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Camyll Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Camyll include Camell, Cammel, Camel, Camule, Camyll, Gamyll, Cammell and many more.
Early Notables of the Camyll family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Camyll family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Camyll were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.