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The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

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... plante ), for a gardener, or perhaps for a child by a metaphorical application of ‘sprig, offshoot’, although there is no specific evidence to support the latter explanation. Compare Planter , and also, in formations with the corresponding verb in a related sense, Radulfus Plantebene ‘plant bean’, 1199 in Pipe Rolls , and Alicia Planterose, 1272 in Court Rolls (Ramsey, Hunts). Further information: This name has been established in Ireland since the 17th century. Early bearers: William Plante , 1262 in Forest Pleas (Essex); William Plante , 1279 in ...