Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Dutch and German: from Low German kamp ‘enclosed, fenced, or hedged piece of land’, ‘field’ (from Latin campus ‘plain’), hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a field.
  2. Dutch: from Middle Low German kampe ‘warrior’, ‘combatant’, applied as a nickname or an occupational name, or from a Germanic personal name based on this element. Compare German Kampe, Kampf.
  3. Dutch: metonymic occupational name for a hemp grower, from Middle Dutch kanep ‘hemp’.
  4. South German: from the Austrian dialect word Kamp ‘comb’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a comb maker or a wool comber, or a topographic name for a mountain dweller, from the same word in the sense ‘mountain ridge’. Compare Kamm.
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