Last name: Kemp

Recorded in several spellings including Cemp, Kemp, Kempe, Kemppe, Kempt, the patronymic Kempson, and possibly others, this interesting surname is English. It originates from the pre 7th century word 'cempa' meaning a champion, a title bestowed upon a champion of jousting or wrestling. The name is derived from the Roman word "campus", meaning a battlefield. The name development since the First Millenium includes the following recordings: Edmund Kempe of the county of Norfolk in 1099, Alan Kempe in the Hundred Rolls of Suffolk in 1273, Ralph le Kemp of Sussex in 1296 and Ricardus Kempe of Yorkshire in the Poll Tax rolls of 1379. Early examples of recordings taken from the surviving church registers of Greater London include the christening of Abiell Kemp on December 14th 1590, at St. Margaret's Westminster; the christening of Mary Kempt, the daughter of Joseph Kempt at St Giles Cripplegate, on May 21st 1667, and the marriage of Mary Cempe, to James Asskins as spelt, at St James Clerkenwell on June 20th 1667. A coat of arms granted to the nameholders has the blazon of a red shield, charged with three gold garbs and a gold border engrailed. The motto "Lucem spero", translates as "I hope for light". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Eadulf Cempa,. This was dated 902 a.d, in the list of Old English Bynames for the county of Wiltshire", during the reign of King Edward the Elder, of England, 899 - 924. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Dané Kemp
Wow! I never even knew this, about my own family!

Davin Kemp

That's interesting never knew

Bianca Kemp

This is really cool. I hope I can learn more.

sam kemp
this is very cool

Danny Kemp Jr.
Pretty cool , .East Texas Kemp

Riley kemp
This is pretty cool

Donald Kemp JR
24 alive in ny currently

Shannon Kemp
In California, always wondered where my last name came from.

Andre Kemp
Interesting... ! A bunch of Kemps living down here in sunny South Africa :-)

shannon kemp
big family in Scotland at the moment

R J Kemp
I knew our name goes back a long way, but looking at these comments I had no idea they were spread out so far and wide! My lot of Kemps come originally from Nottinghamshire, then Lincolnshire. I was born in London but have lived in West Sussex for many years now. Best wishes to all those out there whose share this excellent name.

my name is alvey william leon Kemp
my grand father came from england his first name was Alvey i would to here from this family email

I thought it was German. Sargent Kemp in Young Frankenstein.

Bob Kemp
We are scandinavian settled on the Orkney Islands . And the black Isles nr Inverness .Now all over the world .

Matt Kemp
Australian born and bred kemp here in brisbane

Tina Kemp
Kemp from Belgium, inherited it from my Dutch father

Sawyer Kemp
My family originated in England, but the name might be traced to Germany/Poland depending on different sources I read online. If anyone has any information on this more please let me know, I would love to find out more about when and how the Kemps came to England and then in Canada (where I am)

Johnathon Kemp
I am a Kemp of English heritage from what some relatives some but I remember a great great uncle talk about Germany and Poland when I was younger. Certain location is central new york.

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