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

Pleasants Early Origins



The surname Pleasants 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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Pleasants Spelling Variations


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Pleasants 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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Pleasants Early History


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Pleasants Early History



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

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Pleasants Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pleasants Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Pleasants 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:

Pleasants Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Pleasants, who arrived in Virginia in 1649
  • John Pleasants, who arrived in Virginia in 1665

Pleasants Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Pleasants, who was deported to America in 1766
  • Charles Pleasants, who settled in Virginia in 1766

Pleasants Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Owen Pleasants, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
  • Emma Pleasants, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
  • Owen Pleasants, aged 2, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
  • John Pleasants, aged 1 month, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pleasants (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pleasants (post 1700)



  • John Fendall Pleasants (b. 1965), American entrepreneur and business executive
  • John Hampden Pleasants (1797-1846), American journalist and businessman who died as a result of a duel with Thomas Ritchie, editor of a rival newspaper, the Richmond Enquirer
  • Benjamin F. Pleasants (1795-1879), American government official, Solicitor of the United States Treasury (1861-1861)
  • Henry Clay Pleasants (1833-1880), American coal mining engineer and a brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War, best known for organizing the building of an underground tunnel filled with explosives under the Confederate lines outside Petersburg, Virginia
  • Dean Pleasants (b. 1965), American heavy metal guitarist
  • Henry Pleasants (1910-2000), American music critic and intelligence officer
  • Robert Pleasants (1723-1801), American educator and abolitionist from Henrico County, Virginia, plantation owner and operator of Robert Pleasants & Co; in 1782 he freed his slaves, then hired them as paid laborers and provided for their education
  • James Pleasants Jr. (1769-1836), American politician, Member of the U.S. Senate from 1819 to 1822, 22nd Governor of Virginia from 1822 to 1825
  • Eric Reginald Pleasants (1911-1998), British citizen during World War II who defected to serve in the Waffen-SS
  • Thomas Pleasants (1729-1818), Irish merchant, property developer and philanthropist in Dublin, eponym of Pleasants Street in Dublin

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    11. ...

    The Pleasants Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pleasants 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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