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Kempa Family History

Kempa Name Meaning

Polish (also Kepa): from kepa ‘islet’. The same word is also applied to isolated clumps of trees and to tufts of grass; hence a topographic name for someone who lived on a small island or by an isolated clump of trees. German: variant of Kempe or Kempen.

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


Similar surnames: Kemp, Kamp, Kempe, Kemna, Kempen, Krupa, Kopa, Kampa, Kemps, Keip

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Where is the Kempa family from?

You can see how Kempa families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kempa family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Kempa families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 9 Kempa families living in Missouri. This was about 43% of all the recorded Kempa's in the USA. Missouri had the highest population of Kempa families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kempa surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kempa ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kempa. 45% of Kempa men worked as a Laborer and 23% of Kempa women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kempa were Miner and Bookkeeper.

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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
    45%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Farm Laborer
    7%
  • Miner
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
    23%
  • New Worker
    14%
  • Saleslady
    10%
  • Bookkeeper
    10%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Kempa. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kempa 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 854 immigration records available for the last name Kempa. 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 779 military records available for the last name Kempa. For the veterans among your Kempa ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kempa lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Kempa life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1971, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Kempa in 1954 was 53, and 84 in 2004.

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