The origin of the name
This is the point where I ask for assistance! The origin of the name as used by all the Gypsy families seems to be somewhat obscure. The earliest reference that I have discovered so far is a baptism in Bexley dating from 1724. However, there appear to be two distinct lines for the name. Those Scamps to be found in the West Country do not show any apparent history of being Gypsies or travellers; they are usually shoemakers and the like. In fact it has been suggested that their name originates from the Huguenot name Descamp. Or does it have its origin in the Flemish names Descamp(s), Des Camp(s) or Deschamps?
So, any suggestions gratefully received.