Campbell Family History

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Campbell Name Meaning

Scottish: nickname from Gaelic cam ‘crooked’, ‘bent’ + beul ‘mouth’. 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. In New England documents, Campbell sometimes occurs as a representation of the French name Hamel.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Cambell, Capelle, Castell, Chappell, Cantwell, Carnell, Corbell

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Campbell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Campbell name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Campbell. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Campbell Family Origin

Where is the Campbell family from?

Campbell Family Occupations

What did your Campbell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Campbell occupation in Canada was Farmer. 42% of Campbell's were Farmers. Farmer, Servant and Going To School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Campbell. A less common occupation for the Campbell family was School.

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  • Farmer

  • Servant

  • Going To School

  • School


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Campbell ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Campbell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2 million census records available for the last name Campbell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Campbell census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 451,000 immigration records available for the last name Campbell. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 449,000 military records available for the last name Campbell. For the veterans among your Campbell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Campbell Life Expectancy

What is the average Campbell lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Campbell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Campbell in 1940 was 37, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Campbell ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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