Kempster History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kempster is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a comber of wool or flax.

Early Origins of the Kempster family

The surname Kempster was first found in Cambridgeshire, where they held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the Kempster family

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Kempster Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Kempster are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Kempster include Kemper, Kempster, Kemster and others.

Early Notables of the Kempster family (pre 1700)

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United States Kempster migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kempster or a variant listed above:

Kempster Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Daniel Kempster, who settled at Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Daniel Kempster, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1647 [1]
Kempster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Susanna Kempster, who settled in Maryland in 1725
Kempster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Kempster, who landed in New York in 1834 [1]

Australia Kempster migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kempster Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Kempster, English convict who was convicted in Berkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Florentia" on 14th August 1827, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. John Kempster, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land)1836 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Kempster, British Convict who was convicted in Hertfordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land)1836 [3]
  • Mr. John Kempster, (b. 1824), aged 16, British Ploughman who was convicted in Shropshire, England for 10 years for house breaking, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1891 [4]
  • George Kempster, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848 [5]
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New Zealand Kempster migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kempster Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Michael Kempster, aged 16, a blacksmith, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856

Contemporary Notables of the name Kempster (post 1700) +

  • André Gilbert Kempster GC (1916-1943), British soldier awarded the George Cross posthumously for an act of gallantry during the second World War
  • Michael Kempster, Recorder of the British Crown Court

HMS Royal Oak
  • Arthur Kempster (1920-1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [6]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th October 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/florentia
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1835
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1840
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BOLTON 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Bolton.htm
  6. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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