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The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Place family name to the British Isles. They lived in Norfolk
. Their name, however, is a reference to Plaise, Normandy
, the where the family lived prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066. This name can be traced to the Old French word plais,
which meant an enclosure or coppice surrounded by a fence of living wood
The surname Place was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Place, Plaice, Plaiz, Plaise, Playse, Playses and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Place research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1771 and 1854 are included under the topic Early Place History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Place Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Place or a variant listed above:
Place Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Place settled in Barbados in 1634
- John Place, aged 22, landed in St Christopher in 1634
- James Place settled in Virginia in 1636
- James Place, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
- Mary Place, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
Place Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Rowland Place, who landed in Virginia in 1713
- Lorentz Place, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1742
Place Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Godfred Place, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
- Catalina Place, aged 19, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1858
- Elizabeth Place, aged 59, landed in New York in 1862
- Rees Place, aged 17, arrived in New York in 1862
- William Place, aged 15, arrived in New York in 1862
Place Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Lewis Halvorson Place, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1910
Place Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Miss. Elizabeth Place U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 listed as a child more than 10 years of age
- Miss. Rosetta Place U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 listed as a child less than 10 years of age
- Mr. William Place U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 he is also listed on a Roll of Loyalists settling in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick
- Mr. Aaron Place U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
- Mr. Smith Place U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 listed as a child more than 10 years of age
Place Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Place, aged 37, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Amazon"
- William B. Place, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from North Branford, 1910
- William H. Place, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 20th District, 1888; Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1896, 1900
- Ruth M. Place, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1927
- Richard Place, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Putnam, Connecticut, 2012
- John H. Place, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Texas City, Texas, 1970
- John A. Place, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Oswego County 1st District, 1868
- John Place, American politician, Representative from California 10th District, 1996, 1998
- James N. Place, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Monroe County, 1903-06
- Isaac V. Place, American politician, Representative from New York 20th District, 1876
- Harris L. Place, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 12th District, 1961
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
- Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
- Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
- Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
- Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
The Place Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Place 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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