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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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Where is the Kemp family from?

You can see how Kemp families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kemp family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kemp families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 69 Kemp families living in Ohio. This was about 13% of all the recorded Kemp's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Kemp families in 1840.
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What did your Kemp ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kemp. 16% of Kemp men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Kemp women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kemp were Truck Driver 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

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    8%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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 Cards

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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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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