Plain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Plain family

The surname Plain was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.

Early History of the Plain family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Plain research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1479, 1487, 1510, 1600, 1606, and 1623 are included under the topic Early Plain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Plain Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Plater, Plator, Playter, Playtor, Platter, Plattor, Plaitor, Plaiter, Plaitors and many more.

Early Notables of the Plain family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Plain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Plain migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Plain Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elizabeth Plain, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [1]
Plain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Plain, aged 33, who landed in New York, NY in 1855 [1]
  • Sarah Plain, aged 36, who arrived in New York, NY in 1855 [1]

Australia Plain migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Plain Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Plain migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Plain Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Robert Plain, aged 25, a miner, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Margaret Plain, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Elizabeth Plain, aged 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Robert Plain, aged 2 months, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Plain (post 1700) +

  • M. E. Plain, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1908 [3]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SURGE 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/surge1852.shtml
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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