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The Plum surname comes from uncertain origins. Some instances of the name come from the Middle English word "plum(b)e," in turn from the Middle Low German "plum" all meaning "plum." As such, the name would have been used as a name for someone who lived by a plum tree, or for a grower or seller of plums. The surname is also thought to derive from the Old French "plomb," meaning "lead;" in which case it was thought to have originally been an occupational name for a plumber.

Plum Early Origins



The surname Plum was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.

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Plum Spelling Variations


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Plum Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Plumm, Plumme, Plum, Plume, Ploom, Ploum, Ploume and many more.

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Plum Early History


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Plum Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Plum research. Another 303 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1560, 1455, 1487, 1630 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Plum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Plum Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Plum Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Plum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Plum Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Plum, who came to Massachusetts in 1635
  • Thomas Plum, a servant sent to Barbados in 1660
  • Peter Plum, who arrived in Virginia in 1666
  • Peter Plum, who landed in Virginia in 1666
  • Mary Plum, who came to Virginia in 1669

Plum Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Plum, who came to Delaware in 1712
  • John Plum, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Frans Plum, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1730
  • Ludwig Plum, who arrived in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1747
  • Frederick Plum, who landed in America in 1760-1763
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Plum Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ad Plum, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • E Plum, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Samuel Plum, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Charles M. Plum, who arrived in San Francisco in 1853

Plum Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Plum, who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1825

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Contemporary Notables of the name Plum (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Plum (post 1700)



  • Kenneth Ray "Ken" Plum (b. 1941), American politician, Member of the Virginia House of Delegates (1982-)
  • Polly Plum (1836-1885), pseudonym for Mary Ann Colclough, English-born, New Zealand feminist and social reformer
  • Nigel Plum (b. 1983), Australian Rugby League player who plays for the Penrith Panthers

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Plum Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Plum Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 19 June 2015 at 13:55.

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