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Kemp Family History

Kemp Name Meaning
English, Scottish, Dutch, and North German: status name for a champion, Middle English and Middle Low German kempe. In the Middle Ages a champion was a professional fighter on behalf of others; for example the King’s Champion, at the coronation, had the duty of issuing a general challenge to battle to anyone who denied the king’s right to the throne. The Middle English word corresponds to Old English cempa and Old Norse kempa ‘warrior’; both these go back to Germanic campo ‘warrior’, which is the source of the Dutch and North German name, corresponding to High German Kampf.Dutch: metonymic occupational name for someone who grew or processed hemp, from Middle Dutch canep ‘hemp’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Kemp Families

  • Number of Kemp families
     219 - 435
     74 - 218
     1 - 73
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Kemp families
     1,213 - 2,424
     405 - 1,212
     1 - 404
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Kemp families
     184 - 365
     62 - 183
     1 - 61
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Kemp Family Origin

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Kemp Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Kemp

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Kemp Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Kemp Civil War Service Records

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