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The Pleasant surname comes the medieval (Old French) name Plaisance which meant "pleasant."

Early Origins of the Pleasant family

The surname Pleasant was first found in Suffolk 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.

Early History of the Pleasant family

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Pleasant Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pleasance, Pleesance, Pleasant, Pleasants, Plessant, Plesant, Plessance, Plessence, Plesance, Plessants, Plaisance, Plaisants, Plaissance and many more.

Early Notables of the Pleasant family (pre 1700)

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Pleasant Ranking

In the United States, the name Pleasant is the 4,122nd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

United States Pleasant migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pleasant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Pleasant, who settled in Virginia in 1737
Pleasant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H. Pleasant, who was on record in San Francisco in 1851
  • H Pleasant, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pleasant (post 1700) +

  • Mary Ellen Pleasant (1814-1817), American entrepreneur and abolitionist; she worked on the Underground Railroad across many states, a friend and financial supporter of John Brown
  • Reginald Lecarno Pleasant (b. 1962), American former professional NFL and CFL football defensive back who played from 1985 to 1997
  • Franklin Pierce Mount "Frank" Pleasant Jr. (1884-1937), American football player, track and field athlete, and coach of football, basketball, and baseball, posthumously inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame (1973)
  • Anthony Devon Pleasant (b. 1968), American football defensive line coach
  • Ruffin Golson Pleasant (1871-1937), American politician, 36th Governor of Louisiana from 1916–1920
  • Henry Clay Pleasant (1833-1880), coal mining engineer and a brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War
  • James Pleasant Jr. (1769-1836), American politician
  • Robert Pleasant Trippe (1819-1900), American politician, Member of Georgia State Legislature, 1849-53; U.S. Representative from Georgia 3rd District, 1855-59; Member of Georgia State Senate, 1858-59 [3]
  • Julian Pleasant Bretz (1876-1951), American Democratic Party politician, Chair of Tompkins County Democratic Party, 1936; Member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1942 [4]
  • Kate Pleasant Minor, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1924 [5]

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