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The Kampf 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.

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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.

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).


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kampf research. Another 381 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1759, 1764, 1759 and 1758 are included under the topic Early Kampf History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kampf Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kampf Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Melchior Kampf, aged 40, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753

Kampf Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Anthony Kampf, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Jacob Kampf, aged 35, landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • Johann Kampf, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Heinrich Kampf, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1850
  • Michael Kampf, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852


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  • Warren Kampf (b. 2011), American politician and attorney, Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Edward S. Kampf (1900-1971), American federal judge for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • Dietrich Kampf (b. 1953), East German silver medalist ski jumper at the 1974 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
  • Arthur Kampf (1864-1950), German history painter associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting
  • Serge Kampf (b. 1934), French businessman, founder of the computer services company Capgemini in 1967
  • Max Kämpf (1912-1982), Swiss painter


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  2. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
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  8. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
  10. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
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The Kampf Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kampf 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 16 June 2015 at 08:40.

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