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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

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

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Where is the Campbell family from?

You can see how Campbell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Campbell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Campbell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 3,849 Campbell families living in Lancashire. This was about 25% of all the recorded Campbell's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Campbell families in 1891.
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What did your Campbell ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Campbell. 10% of Campbell men worked as a General Labourer and 64% of Campbell women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Campbell were Retired and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
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Passenger Lists

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

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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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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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