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 Plunkeott, were taken from the name of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. The surname Plunkeott is derived from living in the settlement of Plouquenet in Ille-et-Vilaine in France. The surname Plunkeott 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 Plunkeott is a corruption of the Old French word blanchet, which means white. The Gaelic form of the surname Plunkeott is Pluincéid.
Early Origins of the Plunkeott family
The surname Plunkeott 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 Plunkeott family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Plunkeott research.Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1182, 1410, 1463, 1503, 1492, 1555, 1649, 1602, 1680, 1644, 1629, 1681 and 1920 are included under the topic Early Plunkeott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Plunkeott Spelling Variations
Medieval scribes and church officials spelled the names as they sounded, so a name was often spelled many different ways during the lifetime of a single person. The investigation of the origin of the name Plunkeott revealed many spelling variations
including Plunkett, Plunket, Plunkitt, Plunkit, Plunked, Plunkedd, Plunkidd and many more.
Early Notables of the Plunkeott 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; Christopher Plunkett, 2nd Earl of Fingall... Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Plunkeott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Plunkeott family to the New World and Oceana
experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape the horrific conditions. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families
. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Plunkeott: 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 Plunkeott 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.