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History of 'Plommer' surname?

Asked by RosieP (48points) June 20th, 2013
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I’ve been trying to research my family surname which is ‘Plommer’ but am finding no results for what the meaning and origin of our surname is. If anyone has any information about the etymology it would be very welcome!

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WestRiverrat's avatar

What is your ethnicity? It will help narrow down the possibilities if we know what region of the world your family came from.

Oh and welcome to Fluther.

RosieP's avatar

I’m white British, from the North of England.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I found a reference to an Anglo Saxon version spelled both as plummer and plommer as being a maker of lead pipes. Lead in Latin is plumbum.
Edit Sorry about my lack of manners. Welcome to fluther.

downtide's avatar

I have never encountered the name before but I expect it’s a variant of Plummer or Plumber. Most people did not write down their names until literacy became commonplace in the 17th century or so, so spellings varied widely.

Perhaps Plummer with a west country accent?

RosieP's avatar

I’ve heard it may be French, Old English or Dutch but I’m not sure which one. I know there are a lot of Plommer’s in Scotland and Canada.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@RosieP That reference I found also mentioned a lot of Plommers also moved to Scotland. Do you want the link?

downtide's avatar

I have found this which suggests the origin of “Plumber” may be Old Friench but it says nothing about the Plommer variant

plumber (n.) Look up plumber at
late 14c. (from c.1100 as a surname), “a worker in any sort of lead” (roofs, gutters, pipes), from Old French plomier “lead-smelter” (Modern French plombier) and directly from Latin plumbarius “worker in lead,” noun use of adjective meaning “pertaining to lead,” from plumbum “lead” (see plumb (n.)). Meaning focused 19c. on “workman who installs pipes and fittings” as lead water pipes became the principal concern of the trade. In U.S. Nixon administration (1969–74), the name of a special unit for investigation of “leaks” of government secrets.

WestRiverrat's avatar

At one time the English Government mandated that everyone take a surname that related to their job or a color. That may be how it originated. There seem to be a lot of them in Scotland and Southeastern England.

@downtide, that would make sense as the Normans that conquered England came from Normandy.

KNOWITALL's avatar

My maiden name is similiar, and we’ve found a few variations that were derived from Pleminikov at one point, that’s all I got.

RosieP's avatar

I also heard it could be Norwegian, as the Norwegian word for ‘Plum’ is ‘Plommer’.

Inspired_2write's avatar

A United Kingdom website that shows over 700 results for that spelling going back to 1861.

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