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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

(Sparsbolt, co. Berks). (Sutton Barne, Borden, co. Kent; Mowbray Herald Extraordinary, d. 30 April, 1626). Vert three quatrefoils ar. each charged with a lion’s head erased sa.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Plott Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Plott Origin:

France, England

Origins of Plott:

According to the early recordings of the spelling of the surname, this interesting and unique name was listed in some spellings as Plaid, Plait, Playe, and Plet (France), and Plaide, Pleat, Plett, Pletts, and Plott (England), this is a surname of French sources. It acquired from the old word "plait," which in the sense of the time, and used as a surname would seem to be either a nickname for a man of fashion or more likely a developer of the new styles. The name in England is Huguenot; that is to say, that it was ultimately born by French Protestants between the years 1580 and 1750. It is known that many of these people were highly skilled people, and specifically so in the fiber industry. This reality would seem to confirm the real meaning of the name to be that of a clothes designer. Sadly, the first recordings in France are very poor, many records being descended from the Revolution of 1789 - 1799 when the parish was banned. However, we have been able to get some first documentations from the 17th century, especially in the section of Meurthe-et-Moselle, which seems to have been the main center of the name. These contain as Jean Joseph Plaid of Gerbeviller, in March 1670, and Jean Plait of Pagny sur Moselle, in January 1707. In England Marthe Plet, the daughter of Jacque Plet, named at the French parish, Threadneedle Street, London, in January 1686, and after that James Lewis Pletts, was an assistance at St Thomas's parish, Stepney, in July 1852. The first recording that we have been able to find is that of Magdelaine Playe, at the town of Loromontzey, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France, in August 1658.


More common variations are: Pilott, Plotto, Plotti, Polott, Pelott, Plyott, Pleott, Palott, Plotte, Plot.


The surname Plott first appeared in Saxony, where the name came from weak beginnings but got an important position for its donation to old society. After that it became more important as many sections of the same house derived faraway lands and sections, some in foreign countries, always raising their social position by their great donations to society.


Many of the people with surname Plott had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Plott settled in the United States in two different centuries respectively in the 17th, and 18th. Some of the people with the name Plott who settled in the United States in the 17th century included Thomas Plott, who landed in Maryland from the year 1651 to 1652. James Plott arrived in America in the year 1694.

The following century saw more Plott surnames arrive. Some of the people with the surname Plott who settled in the United States in the 19th century included Garret Plott at the age of 36, arrived in Pennsylvania in the year 1741. Gorg Plott, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741 and Johann Philips Plott, who also came to Pennsylvania in the year 1741.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Plott: United States 2,595; Czech Republic 17; Canada 5; Russia 4; Australia 4; Germany 3; England 2; Austria 2; Indonesia 1; Thailand 1.

Notable People:

Ean Saint Michael Plott was born in June in the year 1986, more commonly famous by his online alias Day, is an e-sports announcer for StarCraft II and an old professional StarCraft like Brood War player, known for his daily netcast named "The Day Daily." He qualified for the World Cyber Games in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and got success in the 2007 Pan-American championship.

Nicholas "Nick" Plott was born in August 1984, known by his alias Tasteless, is an American eSports commentator.

Charles Raymond Plott was born in July 1938. He is an American financial expert. He currently is Edward S. Harkness scholar of Economics and Political Science at the California Institute of Technology, Manager, Laboratory for Experimental Economics and Political Science, and an administrator in the field of experimental economics.

Plott Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Plott blazon is the quatrefoil. The main tincture (color) is vert.

The deep green colour that is so often observed in heraldry is more properly known as vert. According to Wade, the use of this colour signifies “Hope and Joy”, but may also represent, rather delightfully, “Loyalty in Love” 1. It has other names also, the French call it sinople, perhaps after a town in Asia Minor from where the best green die materials could be found 2. More fanciful heralds liked to associate it with the planet venus and the precious stone emerald 3. More strangely, there is some evidence that the term prasin was anciently used, being the Greek for the vegetable we call the Leek!

Natural objects abound in heraldry, and one category that gives especial delight are the many flowers and flowering plants that frequently occur 4. Like its close heraldic relative the cinquefoil, the quatrefoil is a rather sytlised flower showing four rounded petals, usually pierced by a circle at the centre.

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  • 1 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 2 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vert
  • 3 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
  • 4 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P262