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The Kempf 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.

Kempf Early Origins



The surname Kempf 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).

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Kempf Spelling Variations


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Kempf 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.

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Kempf Early History


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Kempf Early History



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

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Kempf Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kempf Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kempf 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:

Kempf Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christian Kempf, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1733
  • Anna Maria Kempf, aged 38, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Catharina Kempf, aged 2, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Christian Kempf, aged 18, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Conrade Kempf, aged 48, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kempf Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anne Kempf, aged 21, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • Barbara Kempf, aged 16, arrived in America in 1853
  • Christina Kempf, aged 7, landed in America in 1853
  • Johannes Kempf, who arrived in America in 1853
  • Johs Kempf, aged 37, landed in America in 1853
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kempf (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kempf (post 1700)



  • Starr Kempf (1917-1995), American sculptor, architect, and artist
  • Paul Friedrich Ferdinand Kempf (1856-1920), German astronomer
  • General Werner Kempf (1886-1964), German Panzer General in World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
  • Andreas "Kempfi" Kempf (b. 1967), German silver and two-time bronze medalist curler
  • Julije Kempf (1864-1934), Croatian historian and writer
  • Franz Kempf OAM (b. 1926), Australian artist from Melbourne
  • Freddy Kempf (b. 1977), English classic pianist
  • Hippolyt Kempf (b. 1965), Swiss Nordic Olympic skier

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    2. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Kempf Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kempf 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 18 May 2016 at 10:50.

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