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Kemp Coat of Arms / Kemp Family Crest

Kemp Coat of Arms / Kemp Family Crest

The surname of KEMP was derived from the Old English word Cempa - a name meaning a warrior, a knight and champion. There is an ancient rhyme which says 'Then it is time for mee to speake Of Kern Knightes and Kempes greate'. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during and in the wake of the Invasion of 1066, are nearly all territorial in origin. The followers of William the Conqueror were a pretty mixed lot, and while some of them brought the names of their castles and villages in Normandy with them, many were adventurers of different nationalities attached to William's standard by the hope of plunder, and possessing no family or territorial names of their own. Those of them who acquired lands in England were called by their manors, while others took the name of the offices they held or the military titles given to them, and sometimes, a younger son of a Norman landowner, on receiving a grant of land in his new home dropped his paternal name and adopted that of his newly acquired property.

Early records of the name mention Eadulf Cempa documented in the year 902 in Wales. Edmund Kemp, was recorded in the year 1100 in the County of Norfolk. Ricardus de Kempe was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Johannes Kemp of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. John Kemp (1380-1454) was the English prelate, born in Ashford, Kent. He became a fellow of Merton College, Oxford and Bishop of Rochester in 1419, and of Chichester and London in 1421 and finally archbishop of York and archbishop of Canterbury in 1452. The name was taken to Scotland by settlers and William Kemp was burgess of Edinburgh in 1423. Donald Kemp, burgess of Dingwell. 1613. John Dixon and Ann Kempe were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1775. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory.


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last updated on: April 3rd, 2017

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