Meaning and Origin of: Kemble

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Chief
  • Old English : Chief

Last name origin & meaning:

  • Welsh : from an Old Welsh personal name, Cynbel, composed of the elements cyn ‘chief’ + bel ‘war’. This was borne by Welsh chieftain in Roman times whose name is recorded in a Latinized form as Cunobelinus; he provided the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Cymbeline.
  • English : habitational name from a place in Gloucestershire, so named from a Celtic word related to Welsh cyfyl ‘border’.
  • Possibly also a variant of English Kimball or Kimble.
  • It is also quite likely that this name has assimilated some instances of German Kembel.