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Campbell
Campbell is a Scottish surname, one of the ten most numerous in that country, and one of the thirty most numerous in Ireland, with over two-thirds of those who bear the name living in Ulster. It is particularly common in counties Armagh, Down and Antrim. Originally a nickname, it comes from the Scots Gaelic cam beul, meaning "crooked mouth".

Clan Campbell was founded by Gillespic Ó Duibhne, who lived in the thirteenth century, and was the first to assume the surname. His descendants included the most famous branch, the Campbells of Argyll, one of whose members was responsible for the massacre of McDonalds of Glencoe which led to the famous feud between the two clans.

The vast majority of Irish Campbells are descended from the Scottish family, although in Co. Tyrone, the surname may be an anglicisation of the Irish Mac Cathmhaoil, from Cathmhaol, meaning "battle-champion".




Campbell households by county in the Primary Valuation property survey of 1848-64.
Click on a county name for a parish breakdown(paying).
Antrim 333
Armagh 240
Belfast city 214
Carlow 1
Cavan 48
Clare 14
Cork 9
Cork city 2
Derry 241
Donegal 279
Down 385
Dublin 50
Dublin city 43
Fermanagh 88
Galway 57
Kerry 1
Kildare 23
Kilkenny 9
Laois 12
Leitrim 47
Limerick 7
Limerick city 7
Longford 48
Louth 162
Mayo 80
Meath 47
Monaghan 158
Offaly 15
Roscommon 24
Sligo 16
Tipperary 11
Tyrone 492
Waterford 6
Westmeath 28
Wexford 14
Wicklow 11