This is a French locational name which originated in the Village of "Etampes" in the Department of Seine et Oise, Normandy. The name is recorded very early in London and may be associated with the actual Conquest of 1066. In the medieval period, the word "Stamp" was also given to a worker at the Mint, one who Struck or Stamped Coins and some nameholders will derive from this source. The first recording of the surname was in the late 12th Century (see below). One Thomas Stampe appears in the Feet of Fines for Essex, 1424.On September 26th 1615, in St. Dunstan, Stepney, London, Henry Stamp married Anne Stobs. John Stamp was christened on May 16th 1619 in St. Lawrence Jewry and St. Mary Magdalene, Milk Street, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John de Stampes, which was dated 1191, in the London City Pipe Rolls, during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "The Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. 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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