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Cornwall, one of the original six "Celtic nations" is the homeland to the surname Kimpthorn. A revival of the Cornish language which began in the 9th century AD has begun. No doubt this was the language spoken by distant forebears of the Kimpthorn family. Though surnames became common during medieval times, English people were formerly known only by a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames were adopted in medieval England is fascinating. Many Cornish surnames appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames. The name Kimpthorn is a local type of surname and the Kimpthorn family lived in Devon at Kempthorne in the parish of Beer-Ferris (now Bere Ferrers.)

Kimpthorn Early Origins



The surname Kimpthorn 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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Kimpthorn Spelling Variations


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Kimpthorn 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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Kimpthorn Early History


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Kimpthorn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kimpthorn research. Another 325 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1585, 1602, 1620 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Kimpthorn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kimpthorn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kimpthorn Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kimpthorn Notables 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



Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Kimpthorn were Richard Kempthorn, who was living in Waterloo County, Ontario in 1877.

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    Other References

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    10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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    The Kimpthorn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kimpthorn 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 9 August 2015 at 12:45.

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