Kaempf History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Kaempf name is derived from the Middle High German word "kampf," meaning "fight;" thus it may have originally been an occupational name for a successful fighter; or perhaps a nickname for someone known to lose his temper.

Early Origins of the Kaempf family

The surname Kaempf was first found in Swabia, where the family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation and would later play a large role in the political conflicts of the area. The family branched into many houses, many of which acquired estates and manors throughout the surrounding regions, where they played significant roles in the social and political affairs. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Friczsche Kempf of Eger, Bohemia (c.1392,) and Jacob Kempf of Strassburg (c.1295).

Early History of the Kaempf family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kaempf research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1759, 1764, 1759 and 1758 are included under the topic Early Kaempf History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kaempf Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kempf, Kempfer, Kempfen, Kemphen, Kempfle, Kaempf, Kaempfer, Kaempfen, Kaemphen, Kaempfle, Kampf, Kampfer, Kampfen, Kamphen, Kampfle, Kempff, Kaempff, Kempffen, Kaempffen, Kempffe, Kaempffe and many more.

Early Notables of the Kaempf family (pre 1700)

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United States Kaempf migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kaempf Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Suzanna Kaempf, who arrived in Carolina in 1743 [1]

Canada Kaempf migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kaempf Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Carl Kaempf, who landed in Quebec in 1850

Contemporary Notables of the name Kaempf (post 1700) +

  • Alysia Kaempf, American writer and producer, known for Insta Famous and Ashanti Feat. Ty Dolla $ign: Say Less (2018)
  • Johannes Kaempf (1842-1918), German liberal politician and banker, President of the Reichstag from 1912 to 1918
  • Sebastian Kaempf, Australian producer, known for Theaters of Command (2021) and Carte Blanche (1988)
  • Saul Isaac Kaempf (1818-1892), Austrian rabbi and Orientalist


  1. ^ 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)


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