The Irish already had a system for creating hereditary surnames
established when the followers of Strongbow
settled in eastern Ireland
. Although there was relatively little friction between the two systems because they operated according to very similar principles, the Strongbownians frequently used local
surnames. In Ireland
, local surnames were almost unheard of, but in England
they were probably the most common form of hereditary surname. Local
surnames, such as Plunk, were taken from the name of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. The surname Plunk is derived from living in the settlement of Plouquenet in Ille-et-Vilaine in France. The surname Plunk belongs to the large category of Anglo-Norman habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Some sources indicated that the surname Plunk is a corruption of the Old French word blanchet, which means white. The Gaelic form of the surname Plunk is Pluincéid.
Early Origins of the Plunk family
The surname Plunk was first found in County Louth
(Irish: Lú) the smallest county in Ireland
, located on the East coast, in the Province of Leinster
, where they were granted lands when they accompanied Strongbow
, Earl of Pembroke, in the invasion of Ireland.
Early History of the Plunk family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Plunk research.Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1182, 1410, 1463, 1503, 1492, 1555, 1649, 1668, 1445, 1461, 1602, 1680, 1644, 1629, 1681 and 1920 are included under the topic Early Plunk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Plunk Spelling Variations
Church officials and medieval scribes spelled names as they sounded; therefore, single person, could have his name spelt many different ways during their lifetime. While investigating the origins of the name Plunk, many spelling variations
were encountered, including: Plunkett, Plunket, Plunkitt, Plunkit, Plunked, Plunkedd, Plunkidd and many more.
Early Notables of the Plunk family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family up to this time was Sir Christopher Plunkett, 1st Baron
of Dunsany (1410-1463); Alexander Plunket (died 1503), appointed Lord Chancellor of Ireland
by King Henry VII of England
in 1492; Oliver Plunkett, 1st Baron
Louth (d. c. 1555), an Irish peer; and Christopher Plunkett, 2nd Earl of Fingall (died 1649).
Patrick Plunket (died 1668), was 9th Baron
of Dunsany, co. Meath. An ancestor, Sir Christopher Plunket (d. 1445), was active in the Irish wars during the early part of the fifteenth century, and is said to have been deputy to... Another 92 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Plunk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Plunk family to the New World and Oceana
Ireland's Great Potato Famine
left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Plunk: James Plunkett, who came to Virginia in 1655; Oliver Plunket, who settled in Wilmington N.C. in 1804; James, Bernard, John, Patrick, Phillip, Thomas Plunket, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.
The Plunk 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: Festina lente
Motto Translation: Be quick without impetuosity.
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