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An Irish-Canadian poet told me that my last name, Stimpson, comes from glimpse. What is the actual etymology of the proper name and the common noun? Are they related? When did they first appear in the English language?

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House of Names and Surname Database both say it's a patronymic derived from Stephen. Stimpson probably originated as a spelling in the 16th century. –  St John of the Cross Mar 21 '13 at 19:12
    
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a surname and not the English language. –  KitFox Mar 26 at 19:45
    
Voting to re-open (even though this question needs improvement) because I think closing it is premature given that the relevant discussion on English Language & Usage Meta has not yet reached consensus. –  Bradd Szonye Mar 26 at 22:06
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Did you ask the poet what according to him is the language of origin?
I would agree with @St.John about his find in the surname dbs
Also, Have a look at this NGRAM
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Google's Ngrams are case sensitive so it doesn't make sense in this case to mix ALL CAPS with Capital Initials and all lowercase. Be consistent. –  Hugo Mar 21 '13 at 21:34
    
Updated with new Ngram. –  camelbrush Mar 22 '13 at 0:03
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