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The distinguished Kempen family emerged in Pomerania, a territory of Germany and a maritime province of Prussia. Pomerania was bounded on the south by Brandenburg, on the west by Mecklenburg, and on the east by Poland. During the 5th century, Pomerania was settled by Pommern, who were a Slavic tribe. Pommern, which means on the sea, became the name of this region during the reign of the Charlemagne.

Kempen Early Origins



The surname Kempen was first found in Pomerania, 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 Herward Kempe of Rostock, Pomerania who lived in the year 1257.

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Kempen Early History


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Kempen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kempen research. Another 399 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1658, 1679, 1680, 1816, and 1833 are included under the topic Early Kempen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kempen Spelling Variations


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Kempen Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Kempen, Kempe, Kemp, Kaempen, Kaempe, Cempen, Caempen, Caempe, Kempendorf, Kempner, Cempner and many more.

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Kempen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kempen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kempen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kempen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gesche Marg Kempen, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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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