The English surname Touchstone is of occupational origin. The Touchstone was the Court Jester in the Medieval household and is derived from the Middle English term “beloved fool.” The name Touchstone is first recorded in England in the 14th Century and was brought to the New World as early as the 17th Century. The name is recorded in immigration records in Maryland in 1680 and in the Carolinas 100 years later. There are approximately 2,000 bearers of the name in the United States today.

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