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The proud Kempthyrne family originated in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Kempthyrne family originally lived in Devon at Kempthorne in the parish of Beer-Ferris (now Bere Ferrers.)

Early Origins of the Kempthyrne family


The surname Kempthyrne was first found in Devon, but this village has long been lost and the majority of the family claim neighbouring Cornwall as their homeland.

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Early History of the Kempthyrne family

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Early History of the Kempthyrne family


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Another 325 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1585, 1602, 1620 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Kempthyrne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kempthyrne Spelling Variations

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Kempthyrne Spelling Variations


Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Kempthorne, Kempthorn, Kimpthorne, Kimpthorn and others.

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Early Notables of the Kempthyrne family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Kempthyrne family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Kempthyrne family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Kempthyrne family to the New World and Oceana


In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Kempthyrne were found: Richard Kempthorn, who was living in Waterloo County, Ontario in 1877.

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