The surname Plaskett was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.
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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:
Plaskett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Miss Dinah J Plaskett, (b. 1846), aged 18, British dairymaid travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 
Elmo Alexander Plaskett (1938-1998), American Major League Baseball player who played 17 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1962-1963)
James Plaskett (b. 1960), British chess Grandmaster, awarded the International Grandmaster title in 1985
William Joel MacDonald Plaskett (b. 1975), Canadian rock musician and songwriter from Nova Scotia
Joseph "Joe" Plaskett (b. 1918), Canadian painter who studied with many of the Group of Seven
John Stanley Plaskett CBE (1865-1941), Canadian astronomer, first director of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria, British Columbia in 1917, awarded Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (1930), Rumford Prize (1930), Bruce Medal (1932) and Henry Draper Medal from the National
Academy of Sciences (1934), father of Harry Hemley Plaskett
H James Plaskett (b. 1960), British Chess Champion in 1990, awarded the International Grandmaster title in 1985
Harry Hemley Plaskett (1893-1980), Canadian astronomer, known for his work in solar physics, astronomical spectroscopy and spectrophotometry, Savilian Professor of Astronomy at the University of Oxford
^ 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)