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Origins Available: Dutch, German


The name Kamp comes from the German region of Westphalia. The tradition of adopting hereditary surnames came to Germany after the 12th century, and the names of places where people lived were a primary source. Many local names carry the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from," which was originally an indicator of land ownership, and is sometimes a mark of nobility. The Kamp family originally lived on or near a flat area of land which is derived from the Latin word campus, which referred to an enclosed area of flat land. It is also derived from the Latin word champhus, which means battle. Thus, the original bearer originally lived on a flat piece of land, which was either the sight of a great battle or was as level as a battlefield.

Kamp Early Origins



The surname Kamp was first found in Westphalia, where the family became noted for its many branches within the region, many houses acquiring a status and influence which rivaled that of the landed aristocracy. In their later history some branches were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they distinguished themselves through their contributions to the social, political, and economic developments of the nation.

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Kamp Spelling Variations


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Kamp Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Kamp include Camp, Campe, Campen, Camper, Camperer, Campere, Campner, Kamp, Kampe and many more.

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Kamp Early History


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Kamp Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kamp research. Another 324 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1163, 1201, 1259, 1272, 1336, 1373, 1380, 1515, 1609, 1660, 1675, 1746, 1747, and 1818 are included under the topic Early Kamp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kamp Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kamp Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kamp Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlanti c. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. Among them:

Kamp Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Kamp, who landed in Virginia in 1656

Kamp Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Koenraet Kamp, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Adam Kamp, who arrived in Maryland in 1714
  • Marie Magdalene Kamp, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1729
  • Rudolph Kamp, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Johan Adam Kamp, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kamp Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anna Kamp, aged 25, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Jan Kamp, aged 30, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Peter Kamp, aged 27, arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • Reindert Woore Kamp, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Jacob Kamp, who arrived in Iowa in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kamp (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kamp (post 1700)



  • John X. Van de Kamp, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, 1966-67
  • John K. Van de Kamp, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988
  • David Kamp (b. 1982), German composer
  • Norbert Kamp, German university administrator and former mediaeval history professor
  • Christine Kamp (b. 1966), Dutch organist & pianist
  • Ragnar Kamp, Swedish-born, Canadian curler and World Champion
  • Randy Kamp (b. 1953), Canadian politician
  • Henricus Gregorius "Henk" Kamp (b. 1952), Dutch politician

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    2. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    6. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    7. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    8. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    9. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    11. ...

    The Kamp Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kamp 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.

    This page was last modified on 2 February 2016 at 09:29.

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