Cam

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cam
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  1. [Med]
    1. A turning or sliding piece which, by the shape of its periphery or face, or a groove in its surface, imparts variable or intermittent motion to, or receives such motion from, a rod, lever, or block brought into sliding or rolling contact with it.
    2. A curved wedge, movable about an axis, used for forcing or clamping two pieces together.
    3. A projecting part of a wheel or other moving piece so shaped as to give alternate or variable motion to another piece against which it acts.
  2. A ridge or mound of earth.(Prow. Eng)

Note: Cams are much used in machinery involving complicated, and irregular movements, as in the sewing machine, pin machine, etc.

Etymology: Dan. kam comb, ridge; or cf. W., Gael., and Ir., cam bent. See 1st Comb

adjective Cam
Crooked.

Etymology: See Kam

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A rotating disk shaped to convert circular into linear motion
  2. A river in east central England that flows past Cambridge to join the Ouse River
Wiktionary
  1. A diminutive of the male given name Cameron.
  2. A river of eastern England, which passes Cambridge.

Cam was also found in the following language(s): Italian and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Cam

Cam Newton is a football player. Cam was born on May 11th, 1989 in Atlanta.

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Cam Gigandet is an actor. He was most prominent from 2003 to present. Cam was given the name Cam Joslin Gigandet on August 16th, 1982 in Tacoma, Washington.

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Cam Clarke is a voice actor and singer. He was most prominent from 1964 to present. Cam was given the name Cameron Arthur Clarke on November 6th, 1957 in Burbank, California, United States.

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Cam is a country music musician. Her ongoing career started in 2010. Cam was given the name Camaron Marvel Ochs on November 19th, 1984. Cam is also known as Camaron Ochs.

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Cam Neely is a hockey player. His most notable accomplishments were from 1983 to 1996. Cam was born on June 6th, 1965 in Comox, British Columbia.

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Cam Avery is a psychedelic rock, alternative rock, neo-psychedelia, dream pop, psychedelic pop, space rock, garage rock, and blues musician. Cam was given the name Cameron Avery on April 21st, 1988 in Fremantle, Perth, Australia.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Cam

Cam is a country music musician. Her ongoing career started in 2010. Cam was given the name Camaron Marvel Ochs on November 19th, 1984. Cam is also known as Camaron Ochs.

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Dom Bede Griffiths OSB Cam was a camaldolese monk, mystic, theologian, camaldolese, mysticism, and camaldolesemonk. Dom was given the name Alan Richard Griffiths on December 17th, 1906 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. Dom is also known as Swami Dayananda. He left this life on May 13th, 1993.

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Scott Cam is a television personality. His ongoing career started in 2000. Scott was born Scott Cam on November 25th, 1962.

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Sandra was born on June 30th, 1972.

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Lucien Le Cam was a scientist in the field of mathematics. Lucien was born on November 18th, 1924 in Croze, Creuse, France. He passed away on April 25th, 2000.

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Jean was born on April 27th, 1959.

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How popular is the baby name Cam in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1892 5 0 5
1896 7 0 7
1913 6 0 6
1915 6 0 6
1916 6 0 6
1917 11 0 11
1918 11 0 11
1919 5 0 5
1920 7 0 7
1921 10 0 10
1922 5 0 5
1924 5 0 5
1926 9 0 9
1927 8 0 8
1930 5 0 5
1931 5 0 5
1932 5 0 5
1934 6 0 6
1935 5 0 5
1937 5 0 5
1939 7 0 7
1940 5 0 5
1944 6 0 6
1945 10 0 10
1946 17 6 11
1947 10 5 5
1948 11 0 11
1949 10 0 10
1950 16 7 9
1951 7 0 7
1952 14 6 8
1953 21 14 7
1954 37 13 24
1955 27 10 17
1956 24 11 13
1957 33 16 17
1958 34 14 20
1959 32 15 17
1960 36 12 24
1961 48 20 28
1962 29 12 17
1963 34 15 19
1964 31 14 17
1965 27 6 21
1966 25 10 15
1967 32 10 22
1968 23 9 14
1969 33 14 19
1970 32 8 24
1971 16 5 11
1972 15 5 10
1973 17 9 8
1974 18 8 10
1975 27 9 18
1976 21 5 16
1977 18 7 11
1978 24 6 18
1979 16 7 9
1980 23 7 16
1981 17 10 7
1982 13 0 13
1983 11 0 11
1984 12 5 7
1985 10 0 10
1986 14 7 7
1987 9 0 9
1988 13 5 8
1989 12 0 12
1990 12 0 12
1991 17 0 17
1992 10 0 10
1993 9 0 9
1994 18 0 18
1995 19 0 19
1996 16 0 16
1997 23 0 23
1998 19 0 19
1999 10 0 10
2000 19 0 19
2001 16 0 16
2002 24 0 24
2003 29 0 29
2004 19 0 19
2005 24 0 24
2006 22 0 22
2007 41 0 41
2008 26 0 26
2009 46 0 46
2010 50 0 50
2011 91 8 83
2012 100 0 100
2013 82 0 82
2014 95 0 95
2015 99 5 94
2016 106 5 101
2017 107 5 102

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Popularity of Cam as a last name

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Common last names for Cam

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cam U.S.
  White 25.00% 64.26%
  African American 3.92% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 56.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.38% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 11.15% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cam

People with the last name Cam are most frequently White, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Cam

  • How Popular is the name Cam? Cam is the 6,274th most popular name of all time. As a last name Cam was the 20,434th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Cam have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,258 babies born with the first name Cam in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cam to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cam? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1892 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Cam first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cam is Tuesday, February 29th, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Cam born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cam was in 2017 with a total of 102 babies.
  • Random Cam Factoid: According to the 1957 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cam is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name as you in 1957.
  • Weird things about the name Cam: Your name in reverse order is Mac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cam. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cam? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,300 people with the last name Cam.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cam? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Cam as their last name since less than 1 person in 227k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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