The Pleavin surname is derived from the Welsh
word "blaidd," meaning "wolf."
Early Origins of the Pleavin family
The surname Pleavin was first found in Shropshire
, where they held a family seat
on the Welsh
border. The Celtic resistance north and south along the border of Wales
was considerably increased after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The Normans
met more resistance from the Welsh
than in the rest of England
. The Welsh
fought from behind their hills and mountains and tenaciously held their ground. Finally, Edward 1st, to placate this founding nation, conferred the principality of Wales
upon his eldest son, who became Edward II. This brought Wales
as an equal while the King was alive, and integral part of the royal title when on the throne. Edward III confirmed and all Princes of Wales
were presented to the Welsh
people at Caernarvon Castle. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Welsh
surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1063 when Blethyn, descended from Bleddyn ap Cynfyn, King of Powis or Bleddyn Broadspear, Lord of Llanhowell.
Early History of the Pleavin family
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Pleavin Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Bleddyn, Blethin, Plethin, Blevin, Pleaden, Pleavin, Plevin, Plevey and many more.
Early Notables of the Pleavin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pleavin family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Pleavin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alfred Ernest Pleavin, who settled in Illinois in 1909
Contemporary Notables of the name Pleavin (post 1700)
- Andrew Pleavin (b. 1968), English actor known for his appearances in Attila, Unstoppable, Batman Begins, Attack of the Gryphon and Return to House on Haunted Hill