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Kempe Family History

Kempe Name Meaning

English, Scottish, Dutch, and North German: variant of Kemp ‘champion’. Dutch: variant of Kempen 1.

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


Similar surnames: Kemp, Kemper, Kemps, Kempa, Kempel, Hempe, Kempf, Kempke, Kumpe

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Where is the Kempe family from?

You can see how Kempe families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kempe family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kempe families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Kempe families living in Virginia. This was 100% of all the recorded Kempe's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Kempe families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kempe surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kempe ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kempe. 25% of Kempe men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Kempe women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kempe were Proprietor and Housewife.

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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
    25%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Proprietor
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    15%
  • Bookkeeper
    11%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Housewife
    7%
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Kempe. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kempe 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Kempe. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Kempe. For the veterans among your Kempe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kempe lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Kempe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1979. The average life expectancy for Kempe in 1959 was 59, and 85 in 2004.

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