Origin of the Name Cameron
The ancient history of the name Cameron
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Cameron is usually of Scottish origin with Cameron of Lochiel being the Chief House of this great Clan. Ewan, younger son of Ewan, thirteenth Chief of Lochiel, was the founder of the House of Erracht. Donald, second of Erract, joined Prince Charlie at Glenfinnan, where, under Lochiel, he was second in command of the Camerons. His daughter married Cameron of Scamadale, and had a son, Lieutenant Alexander Cameron, who led the Camerons during the last three hours of Waterloo. His eldest son, Sir Alan Cameron of Erracht, went to America and with the 'Royal Emigrants' helped to defend Quebec against Arnold. In 1793 he raised the 'Cameron Highlanders'.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland ' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland . While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
The Gaelic form of the name is Camshron but it can also be O'Cumarin, especially in County Mayo.
The Cameron coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Cameron descendants.