Show ContentsHempel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hempel was first used as a surname in the Scottish/English Borderlands by the Strathclyde-Briton. The first Hempel family lived in Galston, in the county of Ayrshire. [1]

Early Origins of the Hempel family

The surname Hempel was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Hempel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hempel research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1689, 1704, 1741, 1716, 1718, 1630 and are included under the topic Early Hempel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hempel Spelling Variations

Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Hempel has been spelled Hemphill, Hempill, Hempsill, Hempshall, Hemshall and many more.

Early Notables of the Hempel family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Samuel Hemphill (d. 1741), Irish Presbyterian minister, a native of Ulster, and probably trained for the ministry in one of the Presbyterian academies in the north of Ireland. He appears to have entered at...
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Hempel Ranking

In the United States, the name Hempel is the 11,855th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Hempel family to Ireland

Some of the Hempel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hempel migration to the United States +

Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:

Hempel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Michael Hempel, who arrived in South Carolina with his wife and three children in 1752
  • Gottlob Hempel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1772 [3]
  • Charles Godleib Hempel, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [3]
  • Charles Gotleib Hempel, who was recorded in Philadelphia in 1773
Hempel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Moritz Hempel, who landed in Venezuela in 1842 [3]
  • Jacob Hempel, aged 5, who arrived in New York, NY in 1876 [3]
  • Jargen Ploug Hempel, aged 22, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1885 [3]
  • Albert C Hempel, who arrived in Iowa in 1886 [3]
  • Friedrich Hempel, who arrived in Norih America in 1890 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hempel migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hempel Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Johann Hempel, aged 24, who arrived in Quebec in 1868

Australia Hempel migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hempel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • H.W. Hempel, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Psyche" in 1849 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hempel (post 1700) +

  • Monty Hempel, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 33rd District, 1986; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988
  • Harry Hempel, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 13th District, 1942, 1944
  • Frederick P. Hempel, American politician, Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 26th Circuit, 1953
  • Frieda Hempel (1885-1955), German-American soprano
  • Amy Hempel (b. 1951), American writer and professor
  • Charles Hempel (1811-1867), English musical composer, eldest son of Charles William Hempel [q. v.], born at Truro, Cornwall, in September 1811 [5]
  • Charles William Hempel (1777-1855), English musical composer, born at Chelsea, Middlesex, on 28 Aug. 1777 [5]
  • Thomas Ivar Hempel (1942-2018), Swedish radio journalist
  • Carl Gustav Hempel (b. 1905), German born Philosopher who emigrated to the U.S.A. in 1937
  • Walther Hempel (1851-1916), German analytical chemist
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Hempel Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Constanter ac non timide
Motto Translation: With constancy, not timidity.

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PSYCHE 1849. Retrieved from
  5. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook