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Where did the French Plante family come from? What is the French Plante family crest and coat of arms? When did the Plante family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Plante family history?

The French name Plante first arose during the Medieval period in Normandy. It is derived from when the family having lived in Normandy at the Seigneury De Planques, from which their name is derived.

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There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Plant, Plante, Le Plant, Le Plante, Planque, Planquette, LaPlante, Laplante, Leplante, Planté, Duplante, Duplantie, Duplantis and many more.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where they were formerly seated in the honor of the seigneurie of De Planques in the region of Pas de Calais in the arrondissement of Montreuil sur Mer.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Plante research. Another 117 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1712, 1834, and 1889 are included under the topic Early Plante History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Plante Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Plante has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Plante were Jean Plante arrived in Quebec from Aunis on the west coast of France in 1650, although this may have been a port of departure rather than his native province..

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  • Bill Plante (b. 1938), American journalist and television news anchor
  • Derek Plante (b. 1971), American ice hockey coach and former professional ice hockey player
  • Bill Plante (b. 1938), veteran American journalist and correspondent for CBS News
  • David Plante (b. 1940), American novelist
  • Brian Plante (b. 1956), American science fiction writer
  • Francis Planté (1839-1934), French pianist
  • Gaston Planté (1834-1889), the French physicist who invented the lead-acid battery in 1859
  • Vincent Planté (b. 1980), French football goalkeeper
  • George Plante (1914-1995), radio officer in the Merchant Navy and painter
  • George Plante, British Company Director

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  10. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
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The Plante Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Plante Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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