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Early Origins of the Plaisted family

The surname Plaisted was first found in Essex at Plaistow, a ward and district chapelry, in the parish and union of West Ham, hundred of Becontree, about 5 miles (E. by N.) from London. Alternatively the family could have originated in the West division of Sussex, at Plaistow, a chapelry, in the parish of Kirdford, union of Petworth, hundred of Rotherbridge, rape of Arundel. 1 To complicate matters more, there are location names Derbyshire and Kent and one source notes that the name could have originated in Plaster Down, Devon; Plastow Green; Plasterhill Farm; or Pleastor in Hampshire, 2

"In medieval times, most large parishes had their play-stow, playsted, or locus ludorum, for the recreation of the inhabitants. " 3

It is generally agreed that the name originated from the Old English "pleg-stow," which means "place for play or sport." 4

The first record of the family was of Robert de Plegestoue who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Devon in 1168. 2

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 proved the wide spelling variations used by the family: Robert atte Pleistowe, Oxfordshire; Nicholas de la Pleystowe, Oxfordshire; and John de la Playstowe, Wiltshire. 5 Later, Cristian atte Pleystouwe was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. 2

Early History of the Plaisted family

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Plaisted Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Plaisted family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • the Plaisted family of Sussex

Plaisted Ranking

In the United States, the name Plaisted is the 17,193rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 6

United States Plaisted migration to the United States +

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 7
  • John Plaisted, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1679 7
Plaisted Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • E Plaisted, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 7
  • G Plaisted, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 7

Australia Plaisted migration to Australia +

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

Plaisted Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ellen Plaisted, aged 28, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "David McIvor"

Contemporary Notables of the name Plaisted (post 1700) +

  • Trent Michael Plaisted (b. 1986), American professional basketball player
  • Ralph Plaisted (1927-2008), American explorer, member of the team that made the first surface traverse across the ice to the North Pole on 19 April 1968
  • David Alan Plaisted, American computer science professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Joan M. Plaisted (b. 1945), American politician, 4th U.S. Ambassador to Marshall Islands (1995-2000) and 4th U.S. Ambassador to Kiribati (1995-2000)
  • Frederick William Plaisted (1865-1943), American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Augusta, Maine (1906-1908) and in 1910, 48th Governor of Maine (1911-1913), Postmaster at Augusta, Maine (1914-1922), son of Harris Merrill Plaisted
  • Harris Merrill Plaisted (1828-1898), American Republican politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives in 1867, U.S. Representative from Maine 4th District (1875-1877), 38th Governor of Maine (1881-1883) 8
  • Helen Plaisted, Australian squash competitor at the 1964 Women's British Open Squash Championship
  • Ridley Wilks Plaisted (1885-1954), Australian rules footballer who played five games for Fitzroy (1905-1907)
  • Alexander Plaisted Saxton (1919-2012), American historian, novelist, and university professor, best known as the author of Indispensable Enemy (1975)
  • George Plaisted Sanderson (b. 1836), American politician, Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts, 1879-81 9

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  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. 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)
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