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 Plunkidd, were taken from the name of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. The surname Plunkidd is derived from living in the settlement of Plouquenet in Ille-et-Vilaine in France. The surname Plunkidd 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 Plunkidd is a corruption of the Old French word blanchet, which means white. The Gaelic form of the surname Plunkidd is Pluincéid.
Early Origins of the Plunkidd family
The surname Plunkidd 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 Plunkidd family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Plunkidd 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 Plunkidd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Plunkidd Spelling Variations
Church officials and medieval scribes often spelled early surnames as they sounded. This practice often resulted in many spelling variations
of even a single name. Early versions of the name Plunkidd included: Plunkett, Plunket, Plunkitt, Plunkit, Plunked, Plunkedd, Plunkidd and many more.
Early Notables of the Plunkidd 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 Plunkidd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Plunkidd family to the New World and Oceana
went through one of the most devastating periods in its history with the arrival of the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s. Many also lost their lives from typhus, fever and dysentery. And poverty was the general rule as tenant
farmers were often evicted because they could not pay the high rents. Emigration to North America gave hundreds of families a chance at a life where work, freedom, and land ownership were all possible. For those who made the long journey, it meant hope and survival. The Irish emigration to British North America and the United States opened up the gates of industry, commerce, education and the arts. Early immigration and passenger lists have shown many Irish people bearing the name Plunkidd: 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 Plunkidd 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.