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The name Plummer is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as 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.

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The surname Plummer was first found in Durham where they held a family seat from early times. The family name Plummer first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Plummer are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Plummer include Plumer, Plummer, Plumber and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Plummer research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1686, 1767, 1736 and 1822 are included under the topic Early Plummer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Plummer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Plummer or a variant listed above:

Plummer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Plummer, who landed in New England in 1633
  • Samuel Plummer, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1641
  • John Plummer, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Joseph Plummer, who landed in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1652
  • Joe Plummer, who came to Virginia in 1653
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Plummer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Plummer, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • John Plummer, who arrived in Maryland in 1739

Plummer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Plummer, who arrived in New York in 1833
  • Charles Plummer, who arrived in New York in 1843
  • John A Plummer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Israel Plummer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871
  • James Plummer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871

Plummer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Harriett Plummer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Mitchell" in 1840
  • Thomas Plummer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Mitchell" in 1840
  • Joseph Plummer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" in 1849
  • John Plummer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Panama" in 1850
  • John Plummer, aged 31, a bricklayer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline"
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Plummer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Plummer, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Frederick Plummer arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865
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  • Adolph Plummer (1938-2015), American sprinter who broke the world record in the 440 yard dash in 1963
  • William Francis "Bill" Plummer (1947-1968), American Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1968 through 1978
  • Glenn E. Plummer (b. 1961), American film and television actor
  • Henry Plummer (1832-1864), American sheriff of what became Bannack, Montana, hanged without legal system trial by the controversial Montana Vigilantes
  • Jason Steven "Jake" Plummer (b. 1974), American former NFL football quarterback who played from 1997 to 2007
  • Amanda Michael Plummer (b. 1957), American actress, best known for her work on stage and for her roles in films such as The Fisher King (1991), So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993), and Pulp Fiction (1994), daughter of Christopher Plummer
  • Ahmed Plummer (b. 1976), American NFL football player
  • Calvin Plummer (b. 1963), English former professional footballer from Nottingham
  • Christopher Scott "Chris" Plummer (b. 1976), English former professional footballer, and former manager of Conference North
  • Tristan Daine Plummer (b. 1990), English footballer
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Plummer Historic Events



RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Leslie Plummer, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
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  • Out of the Depths: or the Triumph of the Cross (Plumber Family) by Nelly Arnold Plumber.
  • Plumber Families History by Leonard Lowell Plumber.
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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.

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    Other References

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    2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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