Kemper Family History

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Kemper Name Meaning

German: status name denoting a peasant farmer or serf, an agent noun derivative of Kamp 1. Dutch: agent noun derivative of Kemp, i.e. an occupational name for someone who grew, processed, or used hemp. German (possibly also Dutch): habitational name from any of the twelve places named Kempen in the Dutch-German border area.

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

Similar surnames: Kempner, Kamper, Kempker, Keiper, Kerper, Semper, Lepper, Kampe

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Kemper Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kemper name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Kemper. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Kemper Family Origin

Where is the Kemper family from?

Kemper Family Occupations

What did your Kemper ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Kemper occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Kemper's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Kemper family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kemper.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Kemper Historical Records

What Kemper family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 45,000 census records available for the last name Kemper. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kemper 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Kemper. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Kemper. For the veterans among your Kemper ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kemper Life Expectancy

What is the average Kemper lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Kemper life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Kemper in 1944 was 52, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kemper 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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