Kimpton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kimpton is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was given to a person who was a person whose father was a knight or soldier. The surname Kimpton 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. [1] The name also features the popular patronymic suffix -son, which was most common in the north of England and superseded other patronymic suffixes in prominence during the 14th century.

Early Origins of the Kimpton family

The surname Kimpton was first found in Kempston, parishes in Bedfordshire and Norfolk. "This parish [in Bedfordshire], in the Domesday Survey Camestone, comprises about 5000 acres; the soil in the valley of the Ouse is gravelly, and in other parts clay." [2]

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. [3] Richard Kemson was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [1]

Early History of the Kimpton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kimpton research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1728, 1661, 1662, 1683, 1684, 1726 and are included under the topic Early Kimpton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kimpton Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Kimpton family name include Kempson, Kempston, Kimpson, Kempton, Kempstone and many more.

Early Notables of the Kimpton family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Kimpton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Kimpton family to Ireland

Some of the Kimpton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Kimpton migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Kimpton or a variant listed above:

Kimpton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frank Egerton Kimpton, aged 37, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1903
  • Albert Kolempfner Kimpton, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Manchester, in 1905
  • Annie Kimpton, aged 60, who immigrated to the United States from Cambridge, England, in 1909
  • Robert Mark Kimpton, aged 42, who immigrated to the United States from Slough, England, in 1909
  • Grace Kimpton, aged 22, who landed in America from London, England, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Kimpton migration to Australia +

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

Kimpton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Kimpton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849 [4]
  • James Kimpton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849 [5]
  • Ann Kimpton, aged 26, a laundress, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen" [6]
  • Samuel Kimpton, aged 31, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"

New Zealand Kimpton 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:

Kimpton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Kimpton, (b. 1843), aged 24, British painter travelling from London aboard the ship "Glenmark" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th November 1867 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kimpton (post 1700) +

  • Lawrence A. Kimpton (1910-1977), American philosopher and educator, President of the University of Chicago (1951-1960)
  • Gabriel Sibley "Sid" or "George" Kimpton (1887-1968), English footballer and manager; he played from 1910 to 1920 for Southampton and managed from 1921 to 1950
  • Roger Charles MacDonald Kimpton DFC (1916-1999), Australian cricketer who played 62 first-class games from 1935 to 1949
  • Nick Kimpton (b. 1983), Australian silver medalist Olympic baseball player at the 2004 Summer Games


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "MADAWASKA" 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Madawaska.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEBONHEATH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Stebonheath.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Monday 1st January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Star Queen 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/starqueen1854.shtml
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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