The name Ploughright comes from one of the family having worked as 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 Ploughright family
The surname Ploughright was first found in Cambridgeshire
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Ploughright family
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Ploughright Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ploughright have been found, including: Ploughright, Plowright, Plowrite, Ploughrite, Ploughwright and many more.
Early Notables of the Ploughright family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ploughright family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Ploughright, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Thomas Ploughwright, who sailed to Barbados in 1664 and Mary Plowright, who came to Maryland in 1726.