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

The name Plummer is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a seller of plumes and feathers. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly commonplace in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith and wright.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Plummer are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Plummer include Plumer, Plummer, Plumber and others.

First found in Durham where they held a family seat from early times. The family name Plummer first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Plummer research. Another 280 words(20 lines of text) covering the year 1190 is included under the topic Early Plummer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Plummer or a variant listed above:

Plummer Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Francis Plummer, who landed in New England in 1633
  • Samuel Plummer, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1641
  • John Plummer, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Joseph Plummer, who landed in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1652
  • Joe Plummer, who came to Virginia in 1653


Plummer Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Mary Plummer, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • John Plummer, who arrived in Maryland in 1739

Plummer Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William Plummer, who arrived in New York in 1833
  • Charles Plummer, who arrived in New York in 1843
  • John A Plummer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Israel Plummer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871
  • James Plummer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871

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  • Ahmed Plummer (b. 1976), American NFL football player
  • Amanda Michael Plummer (b. 1957), American actress, best known for her work on stage and for her roles in films such as The Fisher King (1991), So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993), and Pulp Fiction (1994), daughter of Christopher Plummer
  • Jason Steven "Jake" Plummer (b. 1974), American former NFL football quarterback who played from 1997 to 2007
  • Henry Plummer (1832-1864), American sheriff of what became Bannack, Montana, hanged without legal system trial by the controversial Montana Vigilantes
  • Glenn E. Plummer (b. 1961), American film and television actor
  • William Francis "Bill" Plummer (1947-1968), American Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1968 through 1978
  • Andrew Plummer (b. 1989), English football player
  • Charles Plummer (1851-1927), English historian
  • Henry Crozier Keating Plummer (1875-1946), English astronomer
  • Tristan Daine Plummer (b. 1990), English footballer

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  • Out of the Depths: or the Triumph of the Cross (Plumber Family) by Nelly Arnold Plumber.
  • Plumber Families History by Leonard Lowell Plumber.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Consulto et audacter
Motto Translation: With prudence and daring.

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The Plummer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Plummer 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.

This page was last modified on 24 February 2014 at 15:22.

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