Plewright is an Anglo-Saxon
name. The name was originally given to a person who worked as the ploughwright,
a constructor of ploughs. Occupational
names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational
surnames are called metonymic surnames.
Early Origins of the Plewright family
The surname Plewright was first found in Cambridgeshire
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Plewright family
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Plewright Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Plewright has appeared include Ploughright, Plowright, Plowrite, Ploughrite, Ploughwright and many more.
Early Notables of the Plewright family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Plewright family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Plewright arrived in North America very early: Thomas Ploughwright, who sailed to Barbados in 1664 and Mary Plowright, who came to Maryland in 1726.