Show ContentsDecamp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The majestic region of Picardy in France was the place of origin of the prestigious surname Decamp. Decamp is a topographic surname, which is a form of hereditary surname, and was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. The surname Decamp is derived from the Old French word "champ," which means field, and literally means "of the fields."

Early Origins of the Decamp family

The surname Decamp was first found in Picardy (French: Picardie) in northern France, where the family was first established, and expanded to become one of the more notable names in the region.

The name was also seen in the town of Poitou, located in west-central France, by two aldermans in 1412 and 1422. [1]

The French name originally came to Canada with Jean-Baptiste, born in 1646, son of Jean, Lord of Sandes. [1]

Early History of the Decamp family

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Early Notables of the Decamp family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this period was Samuel de Champlain, born in Saintonge in 1567, who was sent to the New World by King Henry IV, discovered Canada, then known as "la Nouvelle-France", and founded Quebec City in 1608; Eustache Deschamps (1340-1406), medieval French poet, received lessons in versification from Guillaume de Machaut and later studied law at Orleans University, traveled through Europe as a diplomatic messenger for Charles V, His estate was pillaged by the English, in consequence of which he continuously abuses them in his many poems, wrote as many as 1,175 ballades, and he is sometimes...
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Decamp Ranking

In the United States, the name Decamp is the 10,784th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Decamp migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Decamp Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Laurens Janse DeCamp, who arrived in New York in 1664 [3]
  • Laurens Jansen DeCamp, who landed in New York in 1664 [3]
Decamp Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James C DeCamp, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • John DeCamp, aged 9, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Decamp (post 1700) +

  • Rosemary DeCamp (1910-2001), American Democratic Party politician, Honored guest, Democratic National Convention, 1960 [4]
  • Richard DeCamp, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 5th District, 1948, 1950, 1952 [4]
  • John William DeCamp (b. 1941), American politician, Member of Nebraska unicameral legislature 40th District, 1971-87 [4]
  • Jeremiah M. DeCamp (1809-1886), American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Essex County, 1864 [4]
  • George Ezra DeCamp (1843-1926), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1900 [4]
  • Charles C. DeCamp, American politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1912; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1912 [4]
  • Charles A. DeCamp, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Stamford, 1902 [4]
  • Lieutenant-General Jules-Philippe-Octave Decamp (1886-1965), French General Officer Commanding 15th Military Division (1941-1942) [5]
  • David DeCamp Hatfield (b. 1823), American politician, Mayor of Du Quoin, Illinois, 1870-71 [6]

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  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  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)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from
  5. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 3) Jules-Philippe-Octave Decamp. Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from on Facebook