Kemp Name Meaning

English, Scottish, Dutch, and North German: status name for a champion, Middle English and Middle Low German kempe. In the Middle Ages a champion was a professional fighter on behalf of others; for example the King’s Champion, at the coronation, had the duty of issuing a general challenge to battle to anyone who denied the king’s right to the throne. The Middle English word corresponds to Old English cempa and Old Norse kempa ‘warrior’; both these go back to Germanic campo ‘warrior’, which is the source of the Dutch and North German name, corresponding to High German Kampf. Dutch: metonymic occupational name for someone who grew or processed hemp, from Middle Dutch canep ‘hemp’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Kemp Family Origin

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Kemp Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    30%
  • Carpenter

    6%
  • Laborer

    4%
  • Butcher

    3%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Kemp family was Butcher. The most common Kemp occupation in Canada was Farmer. 30% of Kemp's were Farmers. Farmer, Carpenter and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kemp.

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Between 1940 and 2004, Kemp life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Kemp in 1940 was 22, and 74 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kemp

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