The Atlantic Ocean to the north and west and the English Channel to the south borders Cornwall
, the homeland to the Kemthorn family name. Even though the usage of surnames was common during the Middle Ages, all English people were known only by a single name in early times. 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 Kemthorn family originally lived in Devon
in the parish of Beer-Ferris (now Bere Ferrers.)
Early Origins of the Kemthorn family
The surname Kemthorn was first found in Devon
, but this village has long been lost and the majority of the family claim neighbouring Cornwall
as their homeland.
Early History of the Kemthorn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kemthorn research.Another 325 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1585, 1602, 1620 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Kemthorn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kemthorn 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.
Early Notables of the Kemthorn family (pre 1700)
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kemthorn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kemthorn family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Kemthorn or a variant listed above: Richard Kempthorn, who was living in Waterloo County, Ontario in 1877.