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The name Kempson has been recorded in British history since the time when the Anglo-Saxons ruled over the region. The name is assumed to have been given to someone who was a person whose father was a knight or soldier. The surname Kempson was originally derived from the Old English word kemp, which came from the Old English word cempa, which means warrior and occasionally means athlete or wrestler. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The name also features the popular patronymic suffix -son, which was most common in the north of England and superseded other patronymic suffixes in prominence during the 14th century.

Kempson Early Origins



The surname Kempson was first found in Kempston, parishes in Bedfordshire and Norfolk. The first record of the family was Peter de Kemeston who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Bedfordshire in 1190. Years later the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Berkshire listed Simon de Kempston and later again, Symond Kempston was listed in 1426 in the Paston Letters and Papers of the Fifteenth Century. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Richard Kemson was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Kempson Spelling Variations


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Kempson Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Kempson has been spelled many different ways, including Kempson, Kempston, Kimpson, Kempton, Kempstone and many more.

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Kempson Early History


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Kempson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kempson research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1728, 1661, 1662, 1683, 1684, 1726 and are included under the topic Early Kempson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kempson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kempson Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kempson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kempson In Ireland


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Kempson In Ireland



Some of the Kempson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Kempsons to arrive in North America:

Kempson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Kempson who settled in Virginia in 1734

Kempson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Kempson settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856

Kempson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Susan Kempson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anglia" in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kempson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kempson (post 1700)



  • Rachel Kempson (1910-2003), English actress, mother of actress Vanessa Redgrave
  • Edwin Hone Kempson (1862-1931), English clergyman, Bishop of Warrington (1920-1927)
  • Elizabeth Ann "Lily" Kempson (1897-1996), Irish rebel, who was a member of the Irish Volunteer Army, a precursor to the IRA, and was the last surviving member of the Easter Irish Rebellion Uprising of 1916

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Kempson Historic Events


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Kempson Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Eric John Kempson, British Lieutenant, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Maitland Kempson, English 1st Class Passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. 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).
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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The Kempson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kempson 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 22 June 2016 at 13:09.

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