This unusual and interesting name is of Norman (French) origin, introduced into England by followers of William the Conqueror after 1066. The surname is locational in origin, deriving from either of two places called "Lintot", one in the "department" of Seine Inferieure, in Normandy, and the other in the "arrondissement" of Havre. A number of modern English surnames have a similar derivation, such as "Massy" and "Macey", which may derive from places called Macey, Massy, Mace or Marcy in Normandy. The development of the surname in London includes: Lintot (1585), Linttot (1641), Lentott (1648), Lentot (1653) and Lyntott (1657). The modern surname can be found as Lintott and Lintot. William Lintott was christened at St. Mary Abbots, Kensington on October 18th 1637, and James Lintott married Mary Play were married on February 4th 1674 at Holy Trinity, Guildford, Surrey. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ralph de Lintot, which was dated 1273, in the "Essex Hundred Rolls", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. 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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