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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Playsted, Playstead, Paisted, Plaistead, Plaister, Playstow, Plaistowe, Plastow, Plester and many more.

First found in Sussex 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Plaisted research. Another 321 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Plaisted History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Plaisted Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Roger Plaisted, who landed in New England in 1663
  • John Plaisted, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1679

Plaisted Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • E Plaisted, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • G Plaisted, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Plaisted Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Plaisted, aged 28, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "David McIvor"


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  1. 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.
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Plaisted Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Plaisted 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 23 September 2010 at 15:38.

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