The surname Plewa may be derived from the Old High German "Pluwil" or the Middle High German "Bliuwel" meaning a "stick" or "cudgel" perhaps suggesting a drumstick or pestle. The name may have been assigned to the bearer as a nickname
for a stick-like figure or one who fought with or carried a stick. Or the name could have been given due to an occupation
, such as one who used such sticks, perhaps a miller, or one who cut and sold sticks. Alternatively, the surname Plewa may be derived from the Old High German "blao" meaning "blue" and probably would have been given as a nickname for any variety of reasons. The element "blao" also appears in a number of forenames such as Blauhart and Blawo, and in place names such as Plawen and Plaue. Therefore the surname may also be patronymic
, indicating the son of Blawo, or toponymic, from the name of the place where the bearer once lived. The name Plewa, can be found in compound names such as Pleuefisch, meaning "fishing rod." The consonants "p" and "b" are phonetically very similar in the German language. This makes them often interchangeable, and so the surname Plewa can appear with either a "P" or a "B."
Early Origins of the Plewa family
The surname Plewa was first found in Bavaria
, and other Upper German lands, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal
society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. Records of the surname Plewa date back to the early 14th Century, when Johann Blaue was recorded in 1302, a Flahsblüwel in 1318 in Freiburg, a Wescheplewel in 1363 in Nuremburg, Haintz Blaewli in 1391 in Klosters, and Stephen Pleul in 1409 in Moravia.
Early History of the Plewa family
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Plewa Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Plewe, Plewes, Pleul, Pleuer, Bleuer, Bleuwer, Pleuler, Bleuler, Plaul, Plahl, Bleil, Bleyle and many more.
Early Notables of the Plewa family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Plewa in this period include the Bleul family of Salzburg and Bavaria, of whom Johann Heinrich Bleul belonged; he would serve as court secretary to Leopold II and as a Field Marshall during the Napoleonic
Wars. He was made a knight of the Holy Roman... Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Plewa Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Plewa family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Vrena Bleueler, who settled in Carolina in 1734; and Caspar Pleuler, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1735. Emigrants from Switzerland
, who were heading to America, included Elise Bleuer in 1828.