The roots of the distinguished German surname Schempf lie in North Germany
. The name is derived from the Middle High German word "schimpf," meaning "joke" or "play." It is likely that the name was first bestowed on someone who was given to joking and playing tricks as a nickname
, eventually becoming a hereditary surname.
Early Origins of the Schempf family
The surname Schempf was first found in the Oberrheins region, where the name is thought to have first emerged. The earliest known bearer of the name was Wernher Schimpf, who was a sexton in Neuenburg in 1371. The young Schempf family played a crucial role in the development of the medieval society of the region. In later years, the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local
social and political affairs.
Early History of the Schempf family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schempf research.Another 134 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1371, 1658, 1694, 1746, 1747, 1801, 1808, and 1809 are included under the topic Early Schempf History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Schempf Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Schimpf, Schimpff, Schempf, Schempff, Schimpfle and many more.
Early Notables of the Schempf family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Schempf family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Friederich Schimpf, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1754; Christian Schimpf, a Hessian mercenary who settled in America after fighting in the Revolutionary War.