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Wempe Name Meaning

German: from the short form of a Germanic personal name composed of Old High German wan ‘hope’ + bald ‘bold’ or berht ‘shining’.

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


Similar surnames: Welge, Lampe, Temme, Kemp, Rempe, Welle, Semper, Wege, Remke, Wehle

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Where is the Wempe family from?

You can see how Wempe families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wempe family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Wempe families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 21 Wempe families living in Maryland. This was about 31% of all the recorded Wempe's in the USA. Maryland had the highest population of Wempe families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wempe surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wempe ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wempe. 29% of Wempe men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Wempe women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wempe were Chauffeur and Cook.

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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%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Operator
    11%
  • Chauffeur
    11%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    18%
  • Bookkeeper
    12%
  • Work At
    12%
  • Cook
    12%
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What Wempe family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Wempe. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wempe 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 473 immigration records available for the last name Wempe. 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 417 military records available for the last name Wempe. For the veterans among your Wempe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wempe lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Wempe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1978. The average life expectancy for Wempe in 1956 was 43, and 66 in 2004.

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