Kampff History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Kampff 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 Kampff family

The surname Kampff 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 Kampff family

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Kampff 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 Kampff family (pre 1700)

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United States Kampff migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kampff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christian Kampff, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Gilbert Kampff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Joh Conrad Kampff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Joh Christoph Kampff, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1766 [1]


  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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