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

Pleasant Early Origins



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.

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Pleasant Spelling Variations


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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.

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Pleasant Early History


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Pleasant Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pleasant research. Another 314 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Pleasant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pleasant Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pleasant Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Pleasant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pleasant (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pleasant (post 1700)



  • Reginald Lecarno Pleasant (b. 1962), American former professional NFL and CFL football defensive back who played from 1985 to 1997
  • Mary Ellen Pleasant (1814-1817), African American entrepreneur and abolitionist; she worked on the Underground Railroad across many states, a friend and financial supporter of John Brown
  • 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 19161920
  • 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

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Citations


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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)

Other References

  1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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The Pleasant Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pleasant 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.

This page was last modified on 9 August 2017 at 18:51.

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