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 Plunkit, were taken from the name of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. The surname Plunkit is derived from living in the settlement of Plouquenet in Ille-et-Vilaine in France. The surname Plunkit 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 Plunkit is a corruption of the Old French word blanchet, which means white. The Gaelic form of the surname Plunkit is Pluincéid.
Early Origins of the Plunkit family
The surname Plunkit 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 Plunkit family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Plunkit 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 Plunkit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Plunkit Spelling Variations
Names were simply spelled as they sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, his name was often spelt in many different ways, explaining the many spelling variations
encountered while researching the name Plunkit. Some of these variations included: Plunkett, Plunket, Plunkitt, Plunkit, Plunked, Plunkedd, Plunkidd and many more.
Early Notables of the Plunkit 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 Plunkit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Plunkit family to the New World and Oceana
The Irish emigration during the late 18th and 19th century contributed to the melting pot of nationalities in North America, and the building of a whole new era of industry and commerce in what was seen as a rich, new land. Ireland's Great Potato Famine
resulted in the worst economic and social conditions in the island's history. And in response to the hunger, disease, and poverty, during this decade the total number of emigrants to leave for North America rivaled all the previous years combined. Those from this decade that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Research into early immigration and passenger lists has shown many people bearing the name Plunkit: 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 Plunkit 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.