The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. This surname of STUMPF is a north German habitation name from the village of STEIMKE, near Sachsenhagen, Hesse. The name is also spelt STUMBCKE, STUMPKE, STUMCKE and STUMBKE. The first known instance of the name is STUMBKE which is found in a document in the records of the Bishop of Minden in 1400. In 1795 a family bearing this name migrated from Hesse to England, where the name is still found in the forms STUMBKE and STUMCKE. The latter form is also found in Boston, Mass. Other records of the name in England include Martin STUMPE, who was recorded in the year 1332 in County Essex, and Henry STOMPE was recorded in 1337 in Colchester. Surnames can be divided into four categories; place names, occupation names, nicknames and patronymics. PLACE NAMES are the largest group and covers all those names first applied to people who lived in or nearby to a particular place. For example, Grove, Wood, Field, Meadow, and Street are obvious. Occasionally names were taken from obscure villages or hamlets which no longer exist and this can make research confusing. OCCUPATION NAMES cover nearly all trades which existed in the Middle Ages. These are numerous. It does not necessarily follow that such names as King, Duke, Earl and so on mean your ancestors were of noble blood. It is much more likely that such named people worked for the person referred to. NICKNAMES. This is a smaller group but in many ways more interesting. They usually originated as a by-name for someone by describing their appearance, personal disposition or character but which became handed down through the ages and did not apply to their descendants. For instance the name Black would denote a dark man, Little, someone small (or even somewhat ambiguously) someone tall. PATRONYMICS. This group covers all names which derive immediately from the owner's father. Many christian names which are also surnames have, over the years, lost the possessive form but the origin is still the same. Examples of this could be names such as Peter,Thomas, Henry - all names which became both christian and surnames over the years.
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