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Cameron Coat of Arms Meaning

The four main devices (symbols) in the Cameron blazon are the bar wavy, savage, border and arm in armour. The two main tinctures (colors) are or and gules.

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.1Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 2A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.3Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.

Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”4The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 5Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.6A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77.

The bar is a thin, horizontal stripe across the centre of the shield, usually in groups of two or three (any more and there would be confusion with barry, a treatment of horizontal lines of alternating colours). It is also possible to place decorative edges along bars, typically these are smaller than those found on the major ordinaries like the fess and pale, but have the same design and share the same meanings. The decorative edge pattern Wavy, is a typical example of this. For obvious reasons it is associated with both water and the sea 7The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P40. Indeed, a roundel with alternating bars of azure and argent (blue and white) is known by the shorthand term fountain, representing water at the bottom of a well 8A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Water. Other colours have also been used and the result can be very pleasing to the eye.

Heraldry is a human art, by and for people and it is not surprising that people themselves are frequently depicted in arms 9Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P174. As well as the nobility themselves, we also see both the mundane, ploughmen, fishermen and reapers; and the exotic in the form of club wielding savagesand the Moorish or Saracen gentleman with his decorative wreathed turban 10A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P168.

The border, (sometimes bordure) is a band running around the edge of the shield, following the edge contours and being differently coloured, possibly holding a series of small charges placed on top of it 11A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Bordure. According to Wade, the bordure itself has no direct meaning, but is perhaps a container for the meaning of its colour or those additional charges placed upon it 12The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P50

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Cameron Name

Cameron Origin:

Scotland

Origins of Name:

The surname of Cameron is of a Scottish origin, and has two possible origins from which it derives. The first of these possible origins for the surname of Cameron is that it comes from the Ancient Gaelic word of “cam”. There are various translations for this word, one of which can be translated to mean “crooked”. It could also mean “bent”. The component of “sron” is placed onto the end which can be translated to mean “nose.” Thus the bearer of this surname was most likely one who had a crooked nose, and was given this nickname. When nicknames became adopted as surnames, they most often had to do with the characteristics of the original bearer, such as their physical characteristics, moral attributes, or in some cases, their manner of dress and habits. The second possible origin of the surname of Cameron was that it is a locational surname from any of the places in the Lowlands named Cameron. This means that the surname was often taken by the Lord or owner of the land from which the name derives. Others who may have taken a locational surname are people who have migrated out of the area to seek out work. The easiest way to identify someone who was a stranger at that time was by the name of their birthplace. All of these places that the surname of Cameron is attached to derive from the Gaelic “Cambrun” which comes from “cam” which can be translated to mean “crooked” “bent” plus the element of “brun” which can be translated to mean “hill.”

Variations:

More common variations are: Cammeron, Camerone, Cameeron, Cameroni, Cameroon, Camerona, Cameron, Camerion, Caameron

History:

Scotland:

The first recorded spelling of the surname of Cameron was found to be in the country of Scotland, and occurred in the year of 1214. This person who bore the surname of Cameron was said to be one Adam de Kamerun, who witnessed a charter by David de Hayu to the monks of Cupar. This charter was created and decreed under the reign of King Alexander II of Scotland, who ruled from the year 1214 to the year 1249. Those who bear the surname of Cameron and reside within the country of Scotland can be found in high concentrations in the areas of Fife, Argyll, Lanarkshire, Midlothian, Perthshire, Angus and Inverness-shire counties.

England:

In England, those who bear this surname of Cameron can be found in the counties of Northumberland, Durham, Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cheshire.

United States of America:

Throughout the 17th Century, a period of time known as the European Migration began throughout Europe, though mostly centered in England. This migration was when the settlers determined that they no longer were happy with their homeland, and sought out a new place to live, one promising new freedoms and capabilities that were not afforded to them in the land of their birth. The United States of America, which at that time was called The New World or The Colonies, promised these freedoms to new settlers, and thus was a popular destination during this time for those settlers. Those who have the surname of Cameron can be found in Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, California, Missouri, Oregon, Washington, New Jersey and Tennessee.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Cameron:

United States 62,674, Canada 26,437, Australia 21,916, England 18,897, Scotland 11,544, South Africa 8,566, New Zealand 4,764, Jamaica 3,373, Guyana 882, Northern Ireland 870

Notable People:

Gary L. Cameron (born in 1933) who was the Secretary of the State of Iowa from the year 1965 to the year 1966, and was a politician from America

George J. Cameron, who was a Delegate to the Republican National Convention from Oregon in the year 1916, and was a Republican politician from America

George Toland Cameron, who was a Delegate to the Republican National Convention from California in the years 1928. 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948, and 1952, and was a Republican politician from America

George W. Cameron, who was a Delegate to the Republican National Convention from Maryland in the year 1916, and was a Republican politician from America

Gordon K. Cameron, who was a Member of the New York State Assembly in the 96th District Court. He was a Democratic politician from America from the year 1967 – 1969.

H. Eugene Cameron, who was the Burgess of Kingston, Pennsylvania from the year 1933 to the year 1935, and was a politician from America

Helen Cameron, who was the Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention from New Mexico in the year 1960, and was a Republican politician from America

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Lochiel, chief of the clan Cameron: arms given as recorded, 1795). Gu. two bars or. Crest—A sheaf of five arrows tied with a band gu. Supporters—Two savages wreathed head and middle with oak, each holding in his exterior hand a Lochaber axe ppr.
2) (Fassifern, co. Argyll, bart., 1817). Mottoes—Over the first crest: Arriverette; over the second: Pro rege et patria; under the arms: Maya. Gu. three bars or, on a bend erm. a sphinx betw. the Badge of the Portuguese Order of the Tower and Sword and the Gold Medal presented to Col. Cameron by the Grand Seignieur, on a chief embattled a representation of the town of Aire, in France, all ppr. Crest—1st: (of honourable augmentation, granted to Col. Cameron, 20 May, 1815) A demi Highlander of the 92nd regiment, wading through water, holding in the dexter hand a sword, and in the sinister a banner, thereon the number "92" within a wreath of laurel; 2nd: Out of a mural crown or, a dexter arm embowed in armour, the hand grasping a sword, all ppr. Supporters—On either side a Highlander, in the uniform of the 92nd regiment, holding in the exterior hand a musket all ppr.
3) (Lakefield, co. Inverness). Motto—Pro rege et patria. Ar. three bars gu. within a bordure engr. az. Crest—A dexter hand grasping a sword ppr.
4) (Worcester; borne by the descendants of Thomas Cameron, M.D., of Worcester, d. 1777, son of Rev. John Cameron, Minister of Callendar, N.B., claiming descent from Lochiel). Ar. three bars gu. a border az. Crest—A dexter arm in armour embowed grasping a sword all ppr.

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1. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
2. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
3. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
4. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
5. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
6. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77
7. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P40
8. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Water
9. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P174
10. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P168
11. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Bordure
12. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P50