The name Kemm was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Kemm family lived in Lincolnshire
. The surname comes from one of two places in Lincolnshire
which bear the name Kyme: South Kyme and North Kyme, both in the vicinity of Tattershall.
Early Origins of the Kemm family
The surname Kemm was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Kestevan. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
census in 1086 initiated by Duke William of Normandy
after his conquest of England
in 1066, the holdings are not shown but later, within the next century, it was recorded as the Honour of Kymes. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
"This parish, which is situated on that part of the Sleaford navigation called Kyme Eau, derived its name from the Kyme family, who were barons by tenure and writ in the reign of Stephen, and had a seat here, mentioned by Leland as a 'goodly house and park,' of which only the tower now remains." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Sir William, the founder of the family, also founded the Priory of Bolinton about 1135. "The Kymes assumed the surname from a fair lordship, the principal place of their residence in Kesteven. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Sir Philip de Kyme was the first officially recorded, succeeded by his son Sir William de Kyme. Sir Philip was Baron
Kyme, Lord of the Manor, and was summoned to Parliament in 1295-1313 to represent Lincolnshire
. Sir William was summoned to Parliament in 1323-1336.
Early History of the Kemm family
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Kemm Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Kemm have been found, including Kimes, Kymes, Kyme, Kime and others.
Early Notables of the Kemm family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kemm family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Kemm were among those contributors: John Kymes who landed in North America in 1792.