Campbell Family History
Campbell Name Meaning
Scottish: nickname from Gaelic cam ‘crooked bent’ + beul ‘mouth’. As a result of folk etymology the surname was often represented in Latin documents as de bello campo ‘of the fair field’ which led to the name sometimes being ‘translated’ into Anglo-Norman French as Beauchamp . Irish (North Armagh): adopted for Gaelic Mac Cathmhaoil ‘son of Cathmhaol’ (literally ‘battle chief’): see Caulfield and Cowell . English: variant of Camel under the influence of the Scottish name (see 1 above).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022