Anglo-Saxon name Plowryght comes from when its first bearer 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 Plowryght family
Cambridgeshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Plowryght family
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Plowryght Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Plowryght include Ploughright, Plowright, Plowrite, Ploughrite, Ploughwright and many more.
Early Notables of the Plowryght family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Plowryght family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Plowryght or a variant listed above: Thomas Ploughwright, who sailed to Barbados in 1664 and Mary Plowright, who came to Maryland in 1726.
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