As genealogists we all need to think outside the box. We learn early on to consider alternate name spellings and ages. Sometimes we need to be more creative than other times.
While researching my husband's maternal line Sempsrott I have needed to be even more creative than usual. Unique first names can really help ferret out those mis-spelled surnames. I understand that a heavy German accent can cause misunderstandings in census records, but I think this name has had a record number of interpretations.
These are the variations I have found to date for the surname Sempsrott: Semporste-Semporstt-Sempscote-Semmsrote-Simprod-Semporatt-Semprot-Seniprot-Semparote-Semparoto-Sempsrote-Sempirote-Simpsrott-Senpscott-Sempscott and Sampsroth. There may be others that I haven't recorded as well as some I haven't found yet.