Cameron (surname)

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Language(s)English, Scots
Language(s)Scottish Gaelic
Meaning"Bent nose"
Other names
Variant form(s)Camarran, Camshron, Chamarran, 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 or abhainn ("nose", "river"). Another is from any of the various places called Cameron, especially such places located in Fife, Edinburgh or Lennox, Scotland.[1] The English-language surname can be rendered into Scottish Gaelic as: Camarran[2] (masculine), Chamarran (feminine); or as Camshron[3] (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. In the Scottish Lowlands the surname indicates that the original bearer lived in either Cameron near Edinburgh, Cameron in Lennox, or Cameron in Fife. Thus, the name in the Lowlands is of territorial origin, from one of the three places mentioned.[1] [2]
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Mark, Colin (2006), The Gaelic-English Dictionary, London: Routledge, p. 718, ISBN 0-203-22259-8.