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Kemper Name Meaning

German: status name denoting a peasant farmer or serf an agent noun derivative of Kamp North German: occupational name for an official calibrator who marked the correct weight and measures for verification from Middle Low German kempen. German and possibly also Dutch: habitational name for someone from any of the twelve places called Kempen in the Dutch-German border area. Dutch: agent noun derivative of Kemp .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Kempner, Kamper, Kempker, Keiper, Kerper, Semper, Lepper, Kampe

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Where is the Kemper family from?

You can see how Kemper families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kemper family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kemper families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 27 Kemper families living in Ohio. This was about 22% of all the recorded Kemper's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Kemper families in 1840.
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What did your Kemper ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kemper. 18% of Kemper men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Kemper women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kemper were Clerk and Teacher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 45,000 census records available for the last name Kemper. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kemper census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Kemper. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Kemper. For the veterans among your Kemper ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kemper lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Kemper life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Kemper in 1944 was 52, and 75 in 2004.

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