Plocke is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It is a name for a maker of coarse woolen cloth and blankets.
Plucknett is of Norman-French origin and derives from the name Plunket. Plunket
is adapted from the Anglo-Norman-French word blancquet,
meaning blanket or sheet.
Another explanation suggests that the name is a local
reference to Plugenett, Normandy
. Plocke is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname,
which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.
Early Origins of the Plocke family
The surname Plocke was first found in Oxfordshire
where the name Plukenet is found in two versions of the Roll of Battel Abbey. One of the first records of the name was Hugh de Plugenet who was made Baron
by Henry II. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The name was also found in Ireland
as early as the 11th century. CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Plocke family
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Plocke Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Plocke were recorded, including Plucknett, Pluckett, Plugenett and others.
Early Notables of the Plocke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Plocke family to Ireland
Some of the Plocke family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Plocke family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Plocke arrived in North America very early: Thomas Plucknett who settled in Virginia in 1641; and also spelled his name Plucket.
The Plocke Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: In Deo fide
Motto Translation: Fidelity in God.