Kemp Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Kamp, Keep, Komp, Kempe, Kump, Kelp, Klemp, Lemp, Kemper, Keil

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Kemp Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kemp name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Kemp. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Kemp Family Origin

Where is the Kemp family from?

Kemp Family Occupations

What did your Kemp ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kemp. A less common occupation for the Kemp family was Farming. The most common Kemp occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Kemp's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Kemp ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Kemp Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 553,000 census records available for the last name Kemp. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kemp census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 51,000 immigration records available for the last name Kemp. 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 Card

There are 59,000 military records available for the last name Kemp. For the veterans among your Kemp ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kemp Life Expectancy

What is the average Kemp lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Kemp life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Kemp in 1940 was 22, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kemp ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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