Kemble History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Kemble was formed. The name was derived from beside a water pipe in various villages throughout England. The surname Kemble may also derive from the word piper.

Early Origins of the Kemble family

The surname Kemble was first found in Buckinghamshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Kemble family

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Kemble Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Kemble include Kimball, Kimbell, Kimbel, Kemple, Kemble, Kimble and others.

Early Notables of the Kemble family (pre 1700)

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United States Kemble migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Kemble were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Kemble Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Kemble, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]
Kemble Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • E C Kemble, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Canada Kemble migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kemble Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • J R Kemble, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Kemble migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kemble Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Kemble, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1849 [2]

New Zealand Kemble migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kemble Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Robert Kemble, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Adelaide
  • William Kemble, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "African" in 1860

Contemporary Notables of the name Kemble (post 1700) +

  • Edwin C. Kemble (1889-1984), North American physicist
  • Gouverneur Kemble (1786-1875), North American industrialist and two-term United States Congressman
  • William Henry Kemble (d. 1891), American Republican politician, Pennsylvania State Treasurer, 1865-68; Member of Republican National Committee from Pennsylvania, 1868- [3]
  • John C. Kemble, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County, 1832; Member of New York State Senate 3rd District, 1834-36; Resigned 1836 [3]
  • Gouverneur Kemble (1786-1875), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 4th District, 1837-41; Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention, 1846 [3]
  • Charles S. Kemble, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Burlington County, 1858-59 [3]
  • Charles R. Kemble, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1928 [3]
  • Benjamin Kemble, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Burlington County, 1847-49 [3]
  • Adelaide Kemble (1815-1879), English opera singer
  • Roger Kemble (1721-1802), English strolling player and manager of the Warwickshire Company of Comedians
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARPLEY 1849. Retrieved from
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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