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Some summary points

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 separate Facebook and DNA sites as well as this website.

Web site: usage since July 2000; last updated Mar 6th 2018.

A possible continental origin to the name. Apart from an Alpine origin with Julius Planta in 46AD, 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 Longspée-Audley authority, coming from France to grow mainly in Staffordshire in England.

Dominated by a large single family. Recent DNA and population findings suggest that the Plant surname belongs mostly to a large single family, towards the limits of fortuitous expectation in England, allowing the possibility of an extra beneficial factor, such as an early start, or favourable conditions for fast growth in medieval times. The speling Plante has a similarly large main family though mainly in North America where fast growth is less unexpected.

Some contexts of possible meaning. The frequently repeated claim that Plant means a 'gardener' is flawed in as much as it relies on the names Plantebene and Planterose while ignoring others such as Plantegenest, Plantefolie, Plantefene and de la Plaunt - with the last meaning from a place named 'la Plaunt' or suggesting more generally for Plant and Plante a toponymic for peasants living at or near a 'planted place' (planted as with cultivated vegetation or even, in early English, planted can refer to a settlement of a religious foundation). 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 - perhaps suggesting a young offspring awaiting instruction. Much depends on the medieval context. The French past participle plantée meaning 'planted' might hold particular relevance and, prior to the specific word plantation, the medieval french feudal lords in England might have appled such a 'planted place' meaning to some of their peasants living at or near such a place.

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