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Where did the English Kempton family come from? What is the English Kempton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kempton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kempton family history?The family name Kempton is one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon names of Britain. It was originally a name for a person who worked as a person whose father was a knight or soldier. The surname Kempton was originally derived from the Old English word kemp, which came from the Old English word cempa, which means warrior and occasionally means athlete or wrestler. The name also features the popular patronymic suffix -son, which was most common in the north of England and superseded other patronymic suffixes in prominence during the 14th century.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Kempton include Kempson, Kempston, Kimpson, Kempton, Kempstone and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kempton research. Another 263 words(19 lines of text) covering the year 1728 is included under the topic Early Kempton History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Kempton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Kempton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 144 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Kempton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Kempton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Kempton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Kempton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kempton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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