Campbell

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The name Campbell has a silent '-p-' - which should, notwithstanding its absence in pronunciation, always be written.

It is pronounced as if it rhymed with 'amble', 'ramble' and 'gamble' - IPA: /ˈkæm bəl/.

The name Campbell, originally a surname. is now used as a forename. A common forename used by people with the surname Campbell is Archibald; that and Colin are the most common forenames of the Earls and Dukes of Argyll. The wife of the 11th duke, in a third marriage for both parties, was involved in a scandalous divorce case in 1963.

The surname Campbell is derived from the Gaelic cam beul, which means 'crooked mouth'. Clan Campbell was a large and powerful family in Scottish history, centred on the area of Argyll in western Scotland. The head of the family is the Duke of Argyll. In the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, the Earls and later Dukes of Argyll were always close to power in Scotland, and, by opposing the Jacobites, were often the effective rulers of the country under the Hanoverians. Campbeltown [sic] is an important town in Argyll, named after Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll, who was granted the site here in 1667 for the erection of a burgh of barony.