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Origin, Meaning, Family History and Kempton Coat of Arms and Family Crest

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1) (Morden, co. Cambridge, and London; granted 1577). Az. a pelican, wings elevated, vulning her breast betw. three fleurs-de-lis or. Crest—A goat erm. horns and hoofs or, collared and lined sa. the collar charged with three bezants, with a ring at the end of the line.
2) (co. Cambridge, Hadley, co. Middlesex, and London). Az. a fesse or, in chief three fleurs-de-lis of the second. Crest—Out of a ducal coronet or, a garb ar.

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John Lord commented on 12-Jan-2019
The Kympton/Kempton coats of arms all display the same Norman-style of icons that the dynastic FitzAlan Earl of Arundel have. A shield of (Norman) French blue, with decorations of 3 fleur de lis (French royal lily flower) in various locations on the shield, and the older coat of arms and shields have the rampant lion in the center. Some of the oldest mentions of Kympton/Kempton coat of arms are pre-1530s (without having a first name, dates, or genealogy charts attached to them). (1) (Harleian document) William Kympton of (Monkey Hadley) with a wheat sheaf above the crest, and a "strawberry leafed" crown atop the sheaf. A shield of blue, with the rampant lion in the main (center), and 3 fleur de lis in the shield corners. William is dated in the 1450s-1480s. With extensive genealogical descendant chart. (2) -------- Kympton, a shield of blue, with 3 fleur de lis in the chief (across top of shield), gold fess bar in the main (center), pre-1530s (shown above). (3) -------- Kympton, a sheild of blue, with 2 fleur de lis in the chief (in the shield corners) with rampant lion, pre-1530s (4) -------- Kympton, a shield of blue, with 3 fleur de lis in the shield corners (no rampant lion), pre-1530s. (5) (Harleian document) Sir Robert Kempton of London, 1577 (shown above) with genealogical ancestral chart of extended clan.
John Lord commented on 12-Jan-2019
The first name of a valid Kempton town (not bastardized from a prior Roman, Latin, or Anglo-Saxon name sounding near-alike) can also be found from the days of the Norman Conquest 1066 and the Domesday Book. The Norman second cousins of Duke (King) William were given the Lordships and castles of Clun and Oswestry in Shropshire. Any google English map and googling of the name Kempton, Shropshire will show the town/village, that was noted in the Domesday book since 1089, located on the Kemp river as Kempto(w)n. This is the domain of the FitzAlan Lords, cum their ascendancy into the high nobility in marrying the D'aubiny Earls of Arundel daughter. Thereafter the FitzAlans were the Earls of Arundel. Further details of the FitzAlans can be found on Wiki. The current name of Kempton, Hertfordshire (original English Chemington) and lands in the Middlesex and Cambridge area, were parts of descendant estates of the Earls. It is later in the 1450s-1480s, that the recorded entries of Kympton/Kemptons in the area (William of Monkey Hadley ... and the Kempton brothers (William, George, John) and their sons became prominent in this area of the post-1530s days of King Henry and the Anglican Church confrontation. The newly established Anglican church records the documents of births, marriages, and deaths ... while the establishment of the Society of Heralds records all coat of arms nobility and royalty of the land with genealogical charts of said person (Harleian documents). These Kympton/Kemptons were part of reclaiming the forested and meadow lands of Hertfordshire from the Black Death era ... for expanded meadows of grain and the growing sheep meat and wool industry. The FitzAlan Earls of Arundel maintained a large sheep farming industry in their domains in Arundel, Shropshire, and Cambridge, etc. The Hertfordshire townships of Kempton, Shephall (Sheep Hall), Datchworth (House roofing thatch works), Hitchin, Stevenage, Clothall (Cloth Hall), Hertingfordbury, Hatfield, Knebworth, Throcking, Walkern, and Weston ... are part of building up these lands and farmland populations in the 1450s-1480s onward. These are the same villages and townships where the earliest Anglican records mention the Kymptons/Kemptons - and ALL their descendants thereafter flowing outward..
John Lord commented on 27-Dec-2018
The Kempton lineage is descended from the second branch of the Norman FitzAlans, Earls of Arundel 1100s-1550s. The first branch ruled, while the second branch became the English Commanding General of the Crusades (unmentioned in the French catholic Crusade histories). The region of command was the (current) Goland Heights, the biblical Bashan, ... Mount Hermon, the Horns of Hattin, and commanding Camp Hattin, ... from which the bastardized English name of Camptin, or Kympton (Latin) and Kempton (Olde English) was originated. When the first branch became son-less, the second branch assumed the Earldom until its own son-less status with 19th Earl Henry FitzAlan. Parliament, then changed the relationship of other cousins to the Earldom, and transferred to the marrying-in female lineage of the Howards, who have it to this day. This specific coat of arms of Sir Robert Kempton, knighted by Queen Elizabeth I, in 1577, is the descendant lineage (-only-) of the American and Canadian Kemptons/Kimptons. The descent is Sir Robert - Landed Gentry William - Tailor George - Tailors Ephraim Kempton Sr and son Ephraim Kempton Jr (American immigrants, winter 1633-34 to Scituate, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, New England). All descents come from Ephraim Kempton Jr.