The Plaskett Surname

This ancient English surname of PLASKETT was of the locational group of surnames meaning ‘one who came from PLASKETS’ a township in the parish of Falstone, County Northumberland. The name is also spelt PLASKET and PLASKITT. Habitation names were originally acquired by the original bearer of the name, who, having lived by, at or near a place, would then take that name as a form of identification for himself and his family. When people lived close to the soil as they did in the Middle Ages, they were acutely conscious of every local variation in landscape and countryside. Every field or plot of land was identified in normal conversation by a descriptive term. If a man lived on or near a hill or mountain, or by a river or stream, forests and trees, he might receive the word as a family name. Almost every town, city or village in early times, has served to name many families. Early records of the name include Robert PLASKETT and Mary Ebsworth, who were married at St. James’s, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1683, and Abraham PLASKET and Susanna Pocock were wed at St. George’s, Hanover Square, London in 1761. A notable member of the name was John Stanley PLASKETT (1865-1941) who was the astronomer, born in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. At the Dominion Observatory, Ottawa, his work included research in spectroscopy and improvements in the design of the spectrograph. In 1918 the Dominion observatory was built at Victoria, to accommodate a huge telescope which PLASKETT had designed. Director there until 1935, he discovered the largest known star, which was named after him. In the Middle Ages the Herald (old French herault) was an officer whose duty it was to proclaim war or peace, carry challenges to battle and messages between sovereigns; nowadays war or peace is still proclaimed by the heralds, but their chief duty as court functionaries is to superintend state ceremonies, such as coronations, installations, and to grant arms. Edward III (1327-1377) appointed two heraldic kings-at-arms for south and north, England in 1340. The English College of Heralds was incorporated by Richard III in 1483-84.

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