This website, continuously since its inception in
2000, 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. Activity is now more entirely on-line with a Plant Facebook group
as well as this website.
Web site: usage since July 2000; last updated Sep 1st 2016.
A possible continental origin to the name. Apart from an
Alpine origin with 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). One hypothesis is that
the Plant name developed under a
feudal Longspee-Audley authority, coming
from France to grow mainly in Staffordshire in England.
Predominantly an abnormally large single family. Recent
and population findings
suggest that the Plant surname belongs mostly to an abnormally large single
family, at the limits of fortuitous expectation, allowing the possibility of
an extra beneficial factor, such as an early start, or helped by abnormal
conditions for fast growth.
Some contexts of possible meaning. 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 - meaning from some such `la Plaunt'. Instead, there
are the surnames 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. For the main
14th-century Plant homeland, there is comprehensive dated evidence for
deconstructing modern science to give the meaning: a basic soul, to be
instilled with the Word of the Lord - a young offspring awaiting
instruction. Much depends on the medieval context.