When Jane Kemp was born about 1815, her father, William Kemp, was 38 and her mother, Betty Newton, was 37. She died on 4 November 1876, at the age of 62, and was buried in Haslingden, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom.
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 ancient Germanic campo ‘warrior’, which is the source of the Dutch and North German name, corresponding to High German Kampf .
Dutch and North German (North Rhine-Westphalia): from the personal name Kempe, Kampe; see 1 above.
Dutch and Flemish: metonymic occupational name for someone who grew or processed hemp, from Middle Dutch canep ‘hemp’.