The name Plumkett came to England
with the ancestors of the Plumkett family in the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The surname Plumkett is 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
. Plumkett 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 Plumkett family
The surname Plumkett 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.
Early History of the Plumkett family
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Plumkett Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Plucknett, Pluckett, Plugenett and others.
Early Notables of the Plumkett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Plumkett family to Ireland
Some of the Plumkett family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 155 words (11 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 Plumkett family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Plumkett or a variant listed above were: Thomas Plucknett who settled in Virginia in 1641; and also spelled his name Plucket.
The Plumkett 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.