When Thomas Kemp was born on 8 October 1849, in Eden Mills, Guelph Eramosa, Wellington, Ontario, Canada, his father, Clark Lowry Kemp, was 29 and his mother, Anna Thomas, was 26. He married Helen Thomas on 1 September 1879, in Eden Mills, Guelph Eramosa, Wellington, Ontario, Canada. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Eramosa, Wellington, Ontario, Canada for about 30 years and Wellington, Ontario, Canada in 1911. He died on 6 December 1941, in Eden Mills, Guelph Eramosa, Wellington, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 92, and was buried in Guelph Eramosa, Wellington, Ontario, Canada.
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’.