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

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.


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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.

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Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kempfer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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


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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  1. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  7. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
  8. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
  9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  10. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
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The Kempfer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kempfer 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 17 October 2013 at 14:31.

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