Kamper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Kamper 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 Kamper family

The surname Kamper 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 Kamper family

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

Kamper 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 Kamper family (pre 1700)

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United States Kamper migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kamper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Valentin Kamper, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1767 [1]
Kamper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gerh Bernd Kamper, who landed in America in 1837 [1]
  • Johann Hy Aug Kamper, aged 36, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • William Heinrich Kamper, who landed in New York in 1843 [1]
  • Elis Kamper, who arrived in America in 1847 [1]
  • John Dederick Kamper, aged 32, who landed in Missouri in 1848 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Kamper (post 1700) +

  • Louis Kamper (1861-1953), American architect, active in Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan
  • Max Kämper (1879-1916), German mining engineer
  • Gerardus "Gerard" Kamper (b. 1950), retired Dutch cyclist
  • Jonas Kamper (b. 1983), Danish footballer
  • Olívia Kamper (b. 1985), Hungarian silver medalist handballer at the 2003 Junior World Championship

  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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