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KIMBLE Family History

This is an Olde English pre 7th century personal name, at least in origin. Recorded in the modern surname spellings of Kemball, Kimball, Kimble, Kimbell, Kemble, Kemple, and Kimmel, it derives from 'Cyne beald', a double compound which translates as 'Bold-Family', a meaning which no doubt helped its original popularity. Indeed rarely amongst Saxon names, it remained popular after the Norman Invasion of 1066, when it was also 'adopted' by some of the newcomers, in much the same way that many of the Norman-English-Welsh invaders of Ireland in 1170, later adopted Gaelic surnames.

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