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The CAMPBELL surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 371,953 43 0.138 1,379
United States (1880 census) 86,050 34 0.172 1,721
Change since 1880 +285903 -9 -0.034 -342
Other Countries
Australia 24,757 21 0.151 1,514
United Kingdom 76,950 47 0.168 1,675
Top States for CAMPBELL by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 25,534 85 0.075 754
Florida 24,439 45 0.153 1,529
Texas 23,838 79 0.114 1,143
Ohio 18,328 32 0.161 1,614
Pennsylvania 17,543 28 0.143 1,428
Top States for CAMPBELL by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Carolina 10,561 27 0.263 2,632
Tennessee 14,000 29 0.246 2,461
Alabama 9,999 40 0.225 2,248
Maine 2,705 32 0.212 2,122
Kentucky 8,482 32 0.210 2,099


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called CAMPBELL live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called CAMPBELL represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called CAMPBELL in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a CAMPBELL by picking someone at random in South Carolina than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of CAMPBELL

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Scotland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the CAMPBELL surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the CAMPBELL surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of CAMPBELL in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 284,432 76.47
Black/African American 71,155 19.13
Mixed Race 6,212 1.67
White (Hispanic) 6,137 1.65
Native American/Alaskan 2,418 0.65
Asian/Pacific 1,599 0.43

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the CAMPBELL surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of CAMPBELL in historical publications

(origin: Celtic and Gaelic.) Wry-mouth, the man whose mouth inclined a little on one side; from cam, crooked, distorted, and beul, the mouth. This ancient family may be traced as far back as the beginning of the fifth century, and is said to have been possessed of Lochore, in Argyleshire, as early as the time of Fergus II. Sir Colin Campbell, of Lochore, flourished toward the end of the thirteenth century, and was called Sir Colin More, or Colin the Great. His descendants were called by the Irish McCallen, that is, the descendants of Colin.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

Similar names to CAMPBELL

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as CAMPBELL.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for CAMPBELL

The following words are slight variants of CAMPBELL that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.