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The family name Kempton is one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon names of Britain. It was originally a name for a person who worked as a person whose father was a knight or soldier. The surname Kempton 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. 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The name also features the popular patronymic suffix -son, which was most common in the north of England and superseded other patronymic suffixes in prominence during the 14th century.
The surname Kempton 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. 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. 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)
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Kempton include Kempson, Kempston, Kimpson, Kempton, Kempstone and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kempton research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1728, 1661, 1662, 1683, 1684, 1726 and are included under the topic Early Kempton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
More information is included under the topic Early Kempton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Kempton 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.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Kempton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Kempton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Kempton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Kempton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Kempton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Kempton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kempton 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.
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