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Kempen Name Meaning

German: topographic names from any of various places called Kempen, in the Rhineland, in the Ruhrgebiet, and Schleswig-Holstein, or from Kempno in Poland (Polish Kepno). Belgian: regional name for someone from Kempen, a region in Brabant.

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


Similar surnames: Kemper, Kampen, Campen, Kempe, Hemken, Kellen, Kemner, Kampe, Kemp

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Where is the Kempen family from?

You can see how Kempen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kempen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Kempen families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 13 Kempen families living in Wisconsin. This was about 29% of all the recorded Kempen's in the USA. Wisconsin had the highest population of Kempen families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kempen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kempen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kempen. 29% of Kempen men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Kempen women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kempen were Salesman 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
    29%
  • Farm Laborer
    18%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    25%
  • Packer
    25%
  • Maid
    25%
  • Housewife
    25%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Kempen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kempen 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Kempen. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Kempen. For the veterans among your Kempen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kempen lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Kempen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for Kempen in 1963 was 73, and 75 in 2004.

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