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Continuously since its inception in 2000, this website has been developed and maintained by its author initially under a paid-up Plant Family History Group that existed 1990-2007 with its Journal being briefly revived 2010-14.

Web site: usage since July 2000; last updated July 2nd 2016.

Early context of meaning for Plant. The frequently repeated claim that Plant means a 'gardener' is flawed in that it relies on the names Plantebene and Planterose while ignoring others such as Plantegenest, Plantefolie, Plantefene and de la Plaunt. Recent DNA and population findings suggest that the Plant surname belongs mostly to an abnormally large single family, at the limits of fortuitous expectation, allowing perhaps an extra beneficial factor such as an early start to the descent from the first surname fathers. Apart from Julius Planta in 43AD, the earliest known form of the name is de la Planta, found in 1202 for a landholder in the Angevin homeland of Geffrey Plante Genest (subsequently spelled Plantagenet). A specific hypothesis is that the Plant name developed under a Longspee-Audley authority which is consistent with a pragmatic interpretation of the Normandy Rolls to mean, from the Engadine where there is the corresponding name von Planta. Alternatively, there are the names Plante and Plantie in SW France and an 1818 attestation of a Langue D'Oc phrase una bella planta d'homme (a handsome sprig of a man) said to be an ironical reference to a small man. Specifically, for the main 14th century Plant homeland, there is comprehensive dated evidence for deconstructing modern science to give the meaning: a basic soul, instilled with the Word of the Lord. The precise interpretation of this depends very much on the interpreter's preconceptions, such as in an anodyne early 20th century opinion that Plant meant a sprig or young offspring.

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