Plumtree History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Plumtree comes from in Nottinghamshire having derived from the Old English word plume, meaning plum and indicates that its original bearer lived near a plum tree.

Early Origins of the Plumtree family

The surname Plumtree was first found in Nottinghamshire where they were Lords of the Manor of Plumtre in that shire. The was a family of FitzWilliams of Plumtre that conjecturally may have been descended from the natural son of William, Duke of Normandy.

Early History of the Plumtree family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Plumtree research. Another 164 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1300, 1379, 1387, 1391, 1394, 1601, 1661, 1760, 1769, 1818, and 1838 are included under the topic Early Plumtree History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Plumtree Spelling Variations

Huguenot surnames were only slightly Anglicized, and they remain to this day a distinct group of surnames in England. Nevertheless, Huguenot surnames have been subject to numerous spelling alterations since the names emerged in France. French surnames have a variety of spelling variations because the French language has changed drastically over the centuries. French was developed from the vernacular Latin of the Roman Empire. It is divided into three historic and linguistic periods: Old French, which developed before the 14th century; Middle French, which was used between the 14th and 16th centuries; and Modern French, which was used after the 16th century and continues to be in use today. In all of these periods, the French language was heavily influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when the barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. Huguenot names have numerous variations. The name may be spelled Plumtree, Plumbtre, Plumbtree, Plumtre, Plomtre and many more.

Early Notables of the Plumtree family (pre 1700)

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United States Plumtree migration to the United States +

An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Plumtree or a variant listed above:

Plumtree Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Wm. Plumtree, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • William Plumtree, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [1]
  • Geo. Plumtree, who arrived in Virginia in 1672
Plumtree Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Plumtree, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [1]

Australia Plumtree migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Plumtree Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Plumtree, English convict who was convicted in Stamford (Lindsey), Lincolnshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 10th August 1838, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Plumtree (post 1700) +

  • Emily Plumtree, American actress, known for Hollow (2011), Rearview (2015) and Hollyoaks Later (2008)
  • Mortimer Plumtree (b. 1969), ring name of David Webber, an American actor and former professional wrestling manager
  • John Plumtree (b. 1965), New Zealand forwards coach for rugby union team the Hurricanes, former head coach of the Natal Sharks


The Plumtree 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: Sufficit meruisse
Motto Translation: It is enough to have deserved well.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 23rd August 2020, Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/augusta-jessie)


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