Plank History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Plank family

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.

Important Dates for the Plank family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Plank research. Another 114 words (8 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Plank family (pre 1700)

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Plank migration to the United States

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 [1]

Plank migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Plank Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Plank, who settled in Canada in 1836
  • John P Plank, who arrived in Canada in 1836

Plank migration to Australia

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

Plank Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Plank 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:

Plank Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Emmanuel Plank, aged 34, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Anne Plank, aged 33, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Allan Plank, aged 5, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Angelina Plank, aged 4, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • James Plank, aged 3, who 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.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Plank (post 1700)

  • Major-General Ewart Gladstone Plank (1897-1982), American Commanding General New York Port of Embarkation (1946-1949) [3]
  • Scott Chapman Plank (1958-2002), American film and television actor
  • Kevin A. Plank (b. 1972), American CEO and founder of Under Armour, Inc
  • Douglas Walter "Doug" Plank (b. 1953), former American NFL football safety and coach, creator of the 46 defense, his original play number
  • Edward Stewart "Eddie" Plank (1875-1926), nicknamed "Gettysburg Eddie", American Major League Baseball pitcher, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946
  • Mrs. Raymond Plank, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1960 [4]
  • Milton H. Plank, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 18th District, 1920 [4]
  • Milo W. Plank, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Van Buren County, 1956 [4]
  • Jeffrey W. Plank, American Republican politician, Mayor of Warsaw, Indiana, 1984-96 [4]
  • Jayne H. Plank, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 2004 [4]
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Plank family

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 [5]

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Citations

  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. ^ 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
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Ewart Plank. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Plank/Ewart_Gladstone/USA.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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