The name Ploughwright finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons
. It was given to one who 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 Ploughwright family
The surname Ploughwright was first found in Cambridgeshire
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Ploughwright family
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Ploughwright Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Ploughwright has been recorded under many different variations, including Ploughright, Plowright, Plowrite, Ploughrite, Ploughwright and many more.
Early Notables of the Ploughwright family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ploughwright family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ploughwright or a variant listed above:
Ploughwright Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Ploughwright, who sailed to Barbados in 1664