This interesting name is now spelt in the original 17th Century French form, being recorded as 'Carmont de Tournaise' in Riestaff Armourial General for France, circa 1680. However it would seem that the early recordings in England show a number of variations and these are shown below. The name is locational and means 'the dweller on the stony hill' or possibly 'the cairn on the hill'. The name recordings include John Karmount a witness at St. Giles Church, Cripplegate in 1743, and Bridget Carmonde who married David Cowhe at St. Pancras Olde Church, on October 7th 1850. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Carmount, which was dated 1758, married Sarah Bough at St. Lukes, Old Street, London, during the reign of King George II, 'The Last Warrior King', 1727 - 1760. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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