- Means “crooked nose”
- Nickname of a Highland chieftain with a crooked nose
- Also used as a surname
- Abbreviated to Cam, Cammie, Cami
History of the name Cameron
If you accept the current theory of the origin of the name Cameron, you probably believe that the forebear who first had the name had a crooked nose. Cameron, we are told, is a name derived from a word that meant crooked nose (The Gaelic “Camshron”), and was therefore first taken as a nickname.
The tradition further has it that the Camerons are all descended from a younger son of the royal family of Denmark who was born in the year 404, and that he was called Cameron because he had a hooked nose. Just why a Danish prince would bear a Gaelic first name is hard to see.
The Camerons were, it is reasonable to believe, Scots or Caledonians of the ancient lineage, and the tradition that the family first came from Denmark and those who carried the name to Scotland were Danes who assisted at the restoration of King Fregues II in 404 A.D. is probably not founded in facts.
Whatever the early origin of the Camerons, it is a fact beyond dispute that members of the family were prominent among those who shared in the fortunes of the unfortunate Charles Edward Stuart, pretender to the British throne, and one of them, Donald Cameron, was a participant in the Battle of Culloden.