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The Kempfer 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.

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The surname Kempfer was first found in the Rhineland, where this family was a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always influential in social affairs, the family became an integral part of that turbulent region as it forged alliances with other families within the region and the nation.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kempfer, Kempner, Klemptner, Klempfer, Klimpfer, Klimptner, Klentner, Klintner, Klenptfer, Klenptner, Kimpner and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kempfer research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1651 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Kempfer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kempfer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kempfer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Heinrich and Anna Kempfer, and their four children who came to Philadelphia in 1753

Kempfer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Kempfer, who came to Iowa in 1848
  • Gerhard H Kempfer, who arrived in Iowa in 1848
  • John Kempfer, who landed in Iowa in 1848
  • Aug. ... Kempfer, aged 34, who landed in America from Colnen, in 1893
  • Cath. Kempfer, aged 26, who settled in America from Coln, in 1893

Kempfer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Kempfer, aged 48, who landed in America from Stettin, in 1900
  • Julia Kempfer, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States from Resten, in 1901
  • Franz Kempfer, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Nagy Zsam, Hungary, in 1906
  • Fritz Kempfer, aged 22, who settled in America from Hamburg, Germany, in 1914
  • Franciska Kempfer, aged 47, who landed in America from Kaisers Lautern, Germany, in 1922
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Kempfer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Friedrich Ludw Kempfer, who arrived in Quebec in 1776
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  • Hannah Jensen Kempfer (1880-1943), Minnesota schoolteacher, farmer and politician
  • Kelvin T Kempfer, Associate Professor of Computer & Information Systems at Central Oregon Community College
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    2. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    5. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    6. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    7. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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