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This surname, of English origin, is an occupational name for a painter of stained glass, and is derived from the Middle English (1200 - 1500), Old French "peinto(u)r" meaning "painter". The name dates back to the mid 13th Century (see below). Further recordings include John Peynter, a witness in the Assize Court Rolls of Kent (1317), and Thomas Peyntour (1430) in the Cartulary of Osneney Abbey, Oxfordshire. Variations in the idiom of the spelling include Paynter, and Peyntue. Recordings from London Church Registers include the marriage of John Paynter and Margery Taylor on October 19th 1530, and the marriage of Thomas Painter and Emme Wyllet on July 4th 1540.

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