Cameron (surname)

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This article is about the surname Cameron. For the Spanish name, see Camarón. For the given name, see Cameron (given name). For other uses, see Cameron (disambiguation).
Language(s) Chamarran
Other gender
Masculine Camarran
Language(s) Gaelic
Word/Name cam sròn
Derivation Gaelic
Meaning "Bent nose"
Other names
Variant(s) Camshron
Cognate(s) Chamshron

Cameron is a Scottish surname and thus somewhat common throughout the English-speaking world.

There are several possible origins. One is from a Gaelic-language nickname, derived from cam ("crooked", "bent") and sròn ("nose"). Another is from any of the various places called Cameron, especially such places located in Fife, Scotland.[1] Another possible origin of the Scottish placename (from which the surname is thought to be derived in some cases) is from Cambernon, in Normandy.[2] The English-language surname can be rendered into Scottish Gaelic as: Camarran[3] (masculine), Chamarran (feminine); or as Camshron[4] (masculine) and Chamshron (feminine).[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Learn about the family history of your surname,, retrieved 28 July 2011 . This webpage cited: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4 .
  2. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 45, 401, Appendix 14, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1 .
  3. ^ Maceachen, Ewan (1922), Maceachen's Gaelic-English Dictionary (4, revised and enlarged ed.), The Northern Counties Newspaper and Printing and Publishing Company, pp. 470–471 .
  4. ^ Mark, Colin (2006), The Gaelic-English Dictionary, London: Routledge, p. 718, ISBN 0-203-22259-8 .