Johan Anderson från Strängnäs
Stålkofta (1646 -Swedish)
Stalcop, Stallcop (1664- Eng)
Larry Spencer Stallcup
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The Signet Mark of Second Generation
The use of a signet mark did not mean that Pietter could not read
and write. The widespread use of signet marks was more or less a
necessity because of the patronymic naming system. There could be a
large number of people in the community with exactly the same name
so the marks provided identification of a particular individual. In
the patronymic system Pietter and his brothers would be
“Johansson’s” or the “sons of Johan”. Johan was the most numerous
given name in Sweden so there were lots of Johansson’s, most of
which were completely unrelated to each other. Pietter choose a
reversed recumbent “P” for his mark.
After William Penn arrived the New Sweden settlers were required to
adopt a family surname in the English manner. Most chose Stalcop.
Pietter elected to spell it Stallcop. About 1840 the Stalcop
spelling evolved into mostly Stallcup and then about 1900 in the NC
branch into Stalcup. Today Stallcup and Stalcup comprise about 40%
each of the overall family spellings.
THE FIRST EVER STALCOP FAMILY
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