The surname of HAMPTON was a locational name 'of Hampton' there are at least thirteen parishes so called throughout England representing the diocese of Worcester, London, Hereford, Oxford, Exeter and Lichfield. The name was derived from the Old English word 'hammtone. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Early records of the name mention HAMTONE (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Rogerir de Meisi Hamtone, was documented in Gloucestershire in the year 1221. John de Hampton, was recorded in the year 1273 in the County of Somerset. Nicholas de Hamptone, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of the year 1379. John Hampton and Elizabeth Laymere, were married in London in 1575. Baptised. William Hampton at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1661. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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