Plucknet is one of the many names that the Normans
brought with them when they conquered England
in 1066. Plucknet 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
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Plucknet 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 Plucknet family
The surname Plucknet 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.
One of the earliest records of the family was Alan de Plugenet (died 1299), an English Baron, son of Alan de Plugenet. His family was settled at Preston Pluchenet in Somerset. He fought on the king's side in the barons' war, and was rewarded in 1265 with the manor of Haselberg, Northamptonshire. Through his mother's side, his uncle granted him Kilpeck Castle, Hereford, with other lands in Somerset, Dorset, and Wiltshire, for a yearly payment of £140. and a sparrow-hawk. He also granted Plugenet his estate at Haselberg, Somerset, for the yearly rent of one rosebud. CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
Early History of the Plucknet family
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Plucknet Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Plucknett, Pluckett, Plugenett and others.
Early Notables of the Plucknet family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Plucknet family to Ireland
Some of the Plucknet family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 146 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Plucknet family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Plucknet or a variant listed above: Thomas Plucknett who settled in Virginia in 1641; and also spelled his name Plucket.
The Plucknet 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.