The word "sept" is used to describe names associated with a clan. Sept names include: those whose name has been changed from that of the clan name, often in the form of a patronymic; those who have married into the clan; and those who were sworn followers of a clan chief.

 

Detailed information about these sept names

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he topic of sept names, or names associated with a clan that are not “the” clan name, is one that is filled with misinformation. In part, this is because the initial drive to compile lists of septs came from the mill industries in an effort to provide a tartan for everyone, and thus increase the sale of their goods.
   Until recently, books on clans and tartans containing "Sept" lists were sometimes considered to be largely tourist fare, and consequently their purported information was put out most often without any input from the clans involved. The result is that very little serious research has been done into the question of what came to be called "sept" names. Those names associated with Clan Campbell continue to be researched.
   The names listed here are from the official Clan Campbell sept list. If your name does not appear here but you have information that your family followed a Campbell Chief then you are a member of the clan. Successive MacCailein Mors have chosen to leave the sept list as is for now, but people bearing other surnames undoubtedly were part of the clan. Some with different names are of the Chiefly blood, but assumed patronymics (Mac/Mc, son of) to honor one of their Campbell forebears. The MacConnochie Campbells are but one example: Connochie is a derivative of Donnachie, Gaelic for Duncan, and the descendants of one Duncan Campbell chose to honor him by assuming that patronymic.
   One instance of a connection of a name to a clan cannot be used to argue that all of that name belong to that clan; some names are associated with more than one clan, or have origin in both the Highlands and Lowlands. Additionally, some Highland names were anglicized to appear more "civilized" to lowlanders and English, who considered the Highlanders to be quite barbaric.
   The spellings of the names listed are those believed to be most common. Variations in spelling are common, and have little bearing on the origin of the names. Mac and Mc are interchangeable.
   Three categories of associated names are listed: those surnames (family names) not being Campbell but known to be of Campbell ancestry; associated names whose relationship to Clan Campbell is well documented; those whose exact point of association is not yet clear.
   Confusion about family or clan associations is not unusual. To aid in this MacCailein Mor has chosen to continue an ancient tradition: those who accept him as their clan Chief are considered to be of the clan.

The Official Clan Campbell Sept List
   

ARTHUR
BANNATYNE
BURNES
BURNESS
BURNETT
BURNS
CADDELL
CADELL
CALDER
CATTELL
CONNOCHIE
CONOCHIE
DENOON
DENUNE
GIBBON
GIBSON
HARRES
HARRIS
HASTINGS
HAWES
HAWS
HAWSON
ISAAC
ISAACS
IVERSON
KELLAR
KELLER
KISSACK
KISSOCK
LORNE
LOUDEN
LOUDON
LOUDOUN
LOWDEN
LOWDON
MACARTAIR
MACARTHUR
MACCARTER
MACCOLM
MACCOLMBE
MACCONACHIE
MACCONCHIE
MACCONNECHY
MACCONOCHIE
MACDERMID
MACDERMOTT
MACDIARMID
MACELLER
MACELVIE
MACEVER
MACGIBBON
MACGLASRICH
MACGUBBIN
MACGURE
MACISAAC
MACIVER
MACIVOR
MACKELLAR
MACKELVIE
MACKERLIE
MACKESSACK
MACKESSOCK
MACKISSOCK
MACLAWS
MACLEHOSE
MACNICHOL
MACNOCAIRD
MACONACHIE
MACORAN
MACOWEN
MACPHEDRAN
MACPHUN
MACTAUSE
MACTAVISH
MACTHOMAS
MACURE
MOORE
MUIR
OCHILTREE
ORR
PINKERTON
TAWESON
TAWESSON
THOMAS
THOMASON
THOMPSON
THOMSON
TORRIE
TORRY
URE
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