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Plowright History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancient name of Plowright finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for 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 Plowright family


The surname Plowright was first found in Cambridgeshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Plowright family


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Plowright Spelling Variations


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Plowright family name include Ploughright, Plowright, Plowrite, Ploughrite, Ploughwright and many more.

Early Notables of the Plowright family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Plowright family to the New World and Oceana


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Plowright surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Plowright Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Plowright, who settled in Maryland in 1726

Plowright Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wm. G. Plowright, aged 22, originally from Turnbridge Wells, England, who arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Alaska" from Liverpool, England [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6RV-NZG : 6 December 2014), Wm. G. Plowright, 10 Oct 1892; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Alaska, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Plowright Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Stuart Plowright, aged 34, originally from Sutton, England, who arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Minneapolis" from London, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX5R-R6X : 6 December 2014), Stuart Plowright, 17 Nov 1908; citing departure port London, arrival port New York, ship name Minneapolis, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Marsha Plowright, aged 33, originally from Nottingham, England, who arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Liverpool, England [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF9B-F66 : 6 December 2014), Marsha Plowright, 17 Oct 1909; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Louise Plowright, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J662-4MK : 6 December 2014), Louise Plowright, 16 Apr 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Contemporary Notables of the name Plowright (post 1700)


  • Walter Plowright CMG FRS FRCVS (1923-2010), English veterinary scientist, Professor at Royal Veterinary College, London; he developed a vaccine for rinderpest which became the first animal disease to be eliminated worldwide
  • Hilda Plowright (1890-1973), English actress
  • Rosalind Anne Plowright OBE (b. 1949), English opera singer
  • David Ernest Plowright (1930-2006), English television executive and producer
  • Louise Plowright (1956-2016), British actress, known for Mack the Knife (1989), Footballers Wive: Overtime (2005) and EastEnders (1985)
  • Charles Bagge Plowright (1849-1910), British doctor and mycologist
  • Joan Ann Plowright OBE (b. 1929), Baroness Olivier of Brighton, British two-time Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award winning actress, Member of the National Theatre Company, sister of David Plowright
  • Jonathan Plowright (b. 1959), British concert pianist

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Citations


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6RV-NZG : 6 December 2014), Wm. G. Plowright, 10 Oct 1892; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Alaska, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX5R-R6X : 6 December 2014), Stuart Plowright, 17 Nov 1908; citing departure port London, arrival port New York, ship name Minneapolis, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF9B-F66 : 6 December 2014), Marsha Plowright, 17 Oct 1909; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J662-4MK : 6 December 2014), Louise Plowright, 16 Apr 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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