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Historiography

The Kempster Coat of Arms illustrated above was drawn by an heraldic artist from information officially recorded in ancient heraldic archives.  Documentation for the Kempster Coat of Arms design can be found in Burke's General Armory   Heraldic artists of old developed their own unique language to describe an individual Coat of Arms.

In their language, the Arms (shield) is as follows:  "Az. a bend erminois, in chief a thistle ar."

When translated the Arms description is:  "Blue; a left diagonal band gold with black ermine spots, in the top a silver thistle."

Above the shield and helmet is the Crest which is described as:  "A lion's paw holding a thistle all ppr."

A translation of the Crest description is:  "A lion's paw holding a thistle, all naturally colored."

Family mottos are believed to have originated as battle cries in medieval times. A Motto was not recorded with the Kempster Coat of Arms.

Individual surnames originated for the purpose of more specific identification.  The four primary sources for second names were:  occupation, location, father's name and personal characteristics.  The surname Kempster appears to be occupational in origin, and is believed to be associated with the English, meaning, "one who was a wool, or flax comber."(ddk:  and probably the best combed wool around)   The supplementary sheet included with this report is designed to give you more information to further your understanding of the origin of names.  Different spellings of the same original surname are a common occurrence.  Dictionaries of surnames indicate probable spelling variations.  The most prominent variations of Kempster are Kembester, Kembster and Kempester. (ddk: I wonder if Dempster is another variation?) 

Information available to us indicates that in 1971 there were approximately 100 heads of households in the United States with the old and distinguished Kempster name.  The United States Census Bureau in 1970 estimated that there were approximately 3.1 persons per household in America which yields an approximate total of 310 people in the United States carrying the Kempster name.  Although the figure seems relatively low, it does not signify the many important contributions that individuals bearing the Kempster name have made to history.

No genealogical representation is intended or implied by this report and it does not represent individual lineage or your family tree.

ddk:  The certificate seal reads:  Sovereign  563 Boundary Road, Cornwall  Ont.     This document was provided in response  to a search done by Sovereign around 1974.  From this document with a few suggestions from family members ( my aunt Astrid noted the word "Az" probably refers to a particular colour shade, azure blue.) plus Corel Draw and Photo-paint software,  I created a new Coat of Arms .  If anyone has information regarding the crest or family history, please forward to me and if appropriate, I will find a spot on my site for it.

thanks...Dave K.

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