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The surname Planteen was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book,  indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Plantyn who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Plantyn, Plantayne, Plantyne, Plantine and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Planteen research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600 and 1532 are included under the topic Early Planteen History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Planteen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Plantin, who settled in New York in 1766; and a Mrs. Plantain, who came to Philadelphia in 1806.
The Planteen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Planteen 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.
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