Plant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Plant family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Plant is for a gardener as the name was originally derived from the Old English word plant meaning plant, or young tree. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Plant family

The surname Plant was first found in London where they held a family seat being descended from Fulk, the Count of Anjou, whose descendants were exemplified by the Emperor, Henry V of Germany, and Henry who ascended the English throne and planted the Plantagenet dynasty. He bore the three royal lines which continued until the time of Edward III who added a crest of another lion. The eventual heiress of this house was the Princess Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV, and Queen of Henry VII. Many junior lines abounded. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Robert Plante, Cambridgeshire; and Roger Plante, Cambridgeshire. [4]

"A family in humble circumstances at Kettering [Northamptonshire], bear the ancient royal name of Plantagenet, though now it is commonly changed to Plant." [5]

"The Plants are very numerous in the Eccleshall district [of Staffordshire]. The name of Plente occurred in the 13th century in Huntinghamshire and Oxfordshire. There are also now a few representatives of the name of Plant in Suffolk and Shropshire." [6]

Early History of the Plant family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Plant research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1533 and 1605 are included under the topic Early Plant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Plant Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Plantaggenett, Plantagenet, Plant, Plante and others.

Early Notables of the Plant family (pre 1700)

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Plant Ranking

In the United States, the name Plant is the 5,729th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [7] However, in the United Kingdom, the name Plant is ranked the 665th most popular surname with an estimated 9,885 people with that name. [8]

Ireland Migration of the Plant family to Ireland

Some of the Plant family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Plant migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Plant Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Matthew Plant, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Mathew Plant, aged 23, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [9]
  • Rich Plant, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [9]
  • Thomas Plant who settled in Virginia in 1670
  • William Plant, who landed in Virginia in 1698 [9]
Plant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Plant, who landed in Virginia in 1715 [9]
  • Elizabeth Plant, who landed in Virginia in 1715 [9]
  • Mathias Plant, who arrived in New England in 1721 [9]
  • Elizabeth Plant, who settled in Maryland in 1723
Plant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Plant, aged 17, who arrived in Alexandria, Va in 1818 [9]
  • H. Plant, who settled in New York State in 1823
  • James Plant, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1841
  • Minna Plant, aged 21, who arrived in New York, NY in 1860 [9]
  • Frank Plant, who settled in Philadelphia in 1863
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Plant migration to Australia +

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

Plant Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Plant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [10]
  • Mr. William Plant, (b. 1826), aged 17, British labourer who was convicted in Knutsford, Cheshire, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 26th May 1843, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [11]
  • Sophia Plant, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Marion" [12]
  • Sophia Plant, aged 18, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849 [12]
  • Ann Plant, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [13]

New Zealand Plant 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:

Plant Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Plant, (b. 1850), aged 28, Irish farm labourer from Westmeath departing on 10th August 1878 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th November 1878
  • Mrs. Ann Plant, (b. 1848), aged 30, Irish settler from Westmeath departing on 10th August 1878 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th November 1878
  • Mr. Thomas Plant, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "May Queen" arriving in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand on 16th December 1881 [14]
  • Florence Plant, aged 22, a dressmaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884

Contemporary Notables of the name Plant (post 1700) +

  • Richard Plant (1910-1998), German-born American writer
  • Henry Bradley Plant (1819-1899), American railroad manager
  • Mary Terstegge Meagher Plant (b. 1964), former American competitive swimmer
  • Claude W. Plant, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, credited with 8½ aerial victories
  • Theodore H. Plant, American Democratic Party politician, Presidential Elector for California, 2000 [15]
  • Morgan Plant, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1996 [15]
  • Mary Plant, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1964 [15]
  • Edward Plant, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1960 [15]
  • David Plant (1783-1851), American politician, Representative from Connecticut at-large, 1827-29 [15]
  • Amzi P. Plant, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 1st District, 1864 [15]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Edwin Plant (b. 1915), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Cheadle, Staffordshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]


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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. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  6. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  7. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  8. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  9. ^ 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)
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Baboo.htm
  11. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asiatic
  12. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MARION 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Marion.htm
  13. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851
  14. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  15. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  16. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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