"We’re not trying to stop people having fun. We’re just trying to stop them turning each other into artichokes without checking to see if they know the counter-charm."
-- Stamford Jorkins to the Daily Prophet (DP4)
Stamford means "from the stony ford". Stamford is a town in Lincolnshire known for its stone buildings and which was originally the site of a ford across the Welland River. The University of Stamford is a mythical English university founded by King Bladud.
-- information extracted from Wikipedia and Baby Name websites
While the date printed on DP4 is 1 October 1999, the timeframe for these events is 1992-1993.