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Kemyss Surname Origin
(Origin Gaelic) Camus, 'nez retrousse,' a person whose nose is turned upwards; crooked, from cam, Gaelic, crooked, not straight.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Kemyss Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Kemyss Family History Thought:
'It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.' -- Plutarch