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Pleass is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pleass family lived in Norfolk. Their name, however, is a reference to Plaise, Normandy, the where the family lived prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This name can be traced to the Old French word plais, which meant an enclosure or coppice surrounded by a fence of living wood.

Pleass Early Origins



The surname Pleass was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Pleass Spelling Variations


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Pleass Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Place, Plaice, Plaiz, Plaise, Playse, Playses and many more.

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Pleass Early History


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Pleass Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pleass research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1771 and 1854 are included under the topic Early Pleass History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pleass Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pleass Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pleass 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:

Pleass Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Pleass, aged 39, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pleass (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pleass (post 1700)



  • James Edward "Jim" Pleass (1923-2016), Welsh cricketer who played for Glamorgan (1947-1956)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    8. 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.
    9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Pleass Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pleass 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 23 February 2016 at 08:54.

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