When Laust Stepensen was christened on 21 August 1701, in Bjergby, Åstrup, Denmark, his father, Stephan Jensen Toplund, was 48 and his mother, Birgete Lauridtzdr, was 27.
Some characteristic forenames: German Erna, Kurt.
Danish, Norwegian, and North German: patronymic from the personal name Stephen (see Steven ). Compare Stephenson .
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