The name Plumbar is Anglo-Saxon
in origin. It was a name given to a seller of plumes and feathers. Occupational
names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational
names have remained fairly commonplace in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational
suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith and wright.
Early Origins of the Plumbar family
The surname Plumbar was first found in Durham
where they held a family seat
from early times. The family name Plumbar first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Plumbar family
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Plumbar Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Plumbar include Plumer, Plummer, Plumber and others.
Early Notables of the Plumbar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Plumbar family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Plumbar were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Plummer, who arrived in Virginia in 1642; John and Peter Plumer, who settled in Virginia in 1650; Francis Plumer, who arrived in Virginia in 1654.
The Plumbar 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: Consulto et audacter
Motto Translation: With prudence and daring.