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From the historical and enchanting region of Austria emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Plank family. Originally, the Austrian people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Austria is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Plank is a nickname type of surname for a person with blond hair or a pale complexion having derived from the German word blanc, which means white or light.

Plank Early Origins



The surname Plank was first found in Austria and southern Bavaria, where this family made important contributions toward the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social and political affairs, the family forged alliances with other families within the nation. Chronicles first mention Nicholas Plank of Bruenn in 1345, and the brothers Joerg and Ulrich Plank of Ulm in 1460.

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Plank Spelling Variations


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Plank Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Plank include Planck, Planckh, Plank, Plankl, Plankel, Plenk, Blanck and many more.

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Plank Early History


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Plank Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Plank research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1622, 1733, and 1751 are included under the topic Early Plank History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Plank Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Plank Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Plank Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Plank or a variant listed above:

Plank Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Adam Plank, who landed in New York in 1771

Plank Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Plank came to Canada in 1836
  • John P Plank, who arrived in Canada in 1836

Plank Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Plank, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822

Plank Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Emmanuel Plank, aged 34, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Anne Plank, aged 33, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Allan Plank, aged 5, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Angelina Plank, aged 4, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • James Plank, aged 3, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Plank (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Plank (post 1700)



  • Wilbur L. Plank, American politician, Burgess of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 1960
  • Raymond A. Plank (1916-1977), American Republican politician, Candidate for Secretary of State of Michigan, 1958; Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Mason District, 1961-62
  • Mrs. Raymond Plank, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1960
  • Milton H. Plank, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 18th District, 1920
  • Milo W. Plank, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Van Buren County, 1956
  • Jeffrey W. Plank, American Republican politician, Mayor of Warsaw, Indiana, 1984-96
  • Jayne H. Plank, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 2004
  • Charles S. Plank (1863-1905), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from St. Lawrence County 1st District, 1900-05
  • Major-General Ewart Gladstone Plank (1897-1982), American Commanding General New York Port of Embarkation (1946-1949)
  • Scott Chapman Plank (1958-2002), American film and television actor
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Plank Historic Events


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Plank Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Harriet Plank, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and Survived the sinking but later died

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822

Other References

  1. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  8. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  9. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  10. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
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The Plank Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Plank 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 10 February 2016 at 22:32.

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