Cameron Name Meaning

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What Does Cameron Mean? 

Cameron is a name of Scottish origin. In Scotland, the name was adopted as a first name after being used as a surname for decades. It’s thought to have come from the Gaelic word “cam sron” which means “crooked nose” or “cam abhainn” which means “crooked river.” A Scottish person with the name Cameron might trace their roots back to Cameron, an area in Lennox, an area in Fife, or an area near Edinburgh. Even though Cameron is a unisex name it has predominantly been used for boys. 

  • Origin: The name Cameron is thought to be of Scottish origin
  • Gender: Cameron is a unisex name but has been predominantly used for boys 
  • Pronunciation: Kam-ren

Although many baby names are separated by gender, Verywell Family believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select a name that you feel suits your new baby the best.

How Popular is the Name Cameron? 


Cameron has most commonly been used for boys. The popularity of acclaimed actress Cameron Diaz is thought to have contributed to its rising popularity as a name for girls in the United States. According to 2020 data from the Social Security Administration, Cameron is the 64th most popular name for boys and the 489th most popular name for girls in the United States. The name Cameron started to experience a surge in popularity in the 1980s. It maintained a steady ascent until it peaked in the year 2000. Twelve thousand seven hundred and sixty-one babies were given the name Cameron in that year. It was also the 31st most popular name for boys that year. The use of the name has since experienced a steady decline.

Name Variations 

Cameron has a couple of spelling variants you could pick from. The most common include: 

  • Camerin
  • Cammeron
  • Camren
  • Camron 
  • Camryn
  • Kameron 
  • Kamran
  • Kamron
  • Kamryn

Similar Names

If you like the name Cameron, here’s a list of similar names you could also consider for your baby: 

  • Andrew
  • Ashton
  • Austen
  • Brady
  • Camden 
  • Carter
  • Catherine
  • Chase
  • Cooper
  • Damien 
  • David
  • Dylan 
  • Evan 
  • Ian
  • Jackson 
  • Jason 
  • Katherine 
  • Logan
  • Samson 

Common Nicknames

Cameron has only three syllables which makes it a fairly easy name to pronounce. However, if you are looking for a fond nickname for your baby, consider the following:

  • Cam
  • Cammy

Suggested Sibling Names 

Here’s a list of sibling names that would be a great fit for a baby named Cameron:

  • Aiden
  • Alexis
  • Alyssa
  • Caleb
  • Carson
  • Christian
  • Christopher
  • Connor
  • Cooper
  • Ethan
  • Kyle 
  • Landon
  • Liam
  • Mason
  • Ryan

Famous People Named Cameron

Cameron is a beautiful name to give a baby of any gender. If you are curious about who else might be sharing the name with your baby, here’s a list of famous people who are also named Cameron. 

  • Cameron Ayers, American basketball player 
  • Cameron Bailey, Canadian film critic 
  • Cameron Boyce, American actor 
  • Cameron Bright, Canadian actor 
  • Cameron Britton, American actor 
  • Cameron Burrell, American sprinter 
  • Cameron Colvin, American football player 
  • Cameron Crowe, American screenwriter and film director 
  • Cameron (Cam’ron) Giles, American rapper 
  • Cameron Mitchell, American film and stage actor 
  • Cameron (Cam) Newton, professional quarterback for the New England Patriots 
  • Cameron Jibril Thomaz (Wiz Khalifa), American rapper 
  • Cameron Diaz, American actress 
  • Cameron Richardson, American actress and model 
  • Cameron Russell, American fashion model and activist 

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  1. Social Security Administration. Popularity of Name. Updated 2020.