Plank

Recorded as Planche, Planque (French), Plank, Plancke, Planck, Planks, Plaunk, Plincke (English), and possibly others, this is a surname of French origins. It would seem to have first arrived in England with the famous Norman Invaders of 1066, perhaps the earliest recording being that of Jacobus de Planche, in the year 1307, William de la Plaunke in the close Rolls of the city of London, in 1373, and three centuries later, Elizabeth Plank who was christened at St Dunstans in the East, Stepney, on August 11th 1678. The name returned from Franbce with the protestant Huguenots, who fled to England in the 17th and 18th centuries, and who for a time at least retained the French spelling. However such was aggresion between the two countries that by the year 1750, Planque as a spelling seems to have become extinct, and thereafter is only recorded in the English forms. This is not unusual, very few Huguenot spellings have survived, and this at least sounds almost the same as the original French. Their seems to be some disagreement over original meaning, which may be topographical for somebody who lived by a single Plain tree, or by a hidden place or a look out post. Four families of Planque were recorded in England about the time of Queen Anne (1702 - 1714), of which the first seems to have been headed by Pierre Planque recorded at La Patente Huguenot church in the city of London, on February 13th 1712.

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  • Plank — most commonly refers to a split, flat piece of wood, often planed; it is technically distinguished from a sawn board. Plank may also refer to:* The Plank , a noted British comedy film, with no dialogue * The Plank (1979 film) , a remake of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Plank — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Andy Plank (* 1989), italienischer Skirennläufer Beda Plank (1741–1830), österreichischer katholischer Theologe, Dramatiker sowie Chorleiter Brunhilde Plank (1956–2001), österreichische Politikerin (SPÖ)… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Plank — Plank, n. [OE. planke, OF. planque, planche, F. planche, fr. L. planca; cf. Gr. ?, ?, anything flat and broad. Cf. {Planch}.] 1. A broad piece of sawed timber, differing from a board only in being thicker. See {Board}. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plank — [plæŋk] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old North French; Origin: planke, from Latin planca, from plancus flat ] 1.) a long narrow piece of wooden board, used especially for making structures to walk on ▪ a long plank of wood ▪ a bridge made of planks 2.)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Plank — Plank, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Planked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Planking}.] 1. To cover or lay with planks; as, to plank a floor or a ship. Planked with pine. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To lay down, as on a plank or table; to stake or pay cash; as, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plank — [plaŋk] n. [ME planke < NormFr < OFr planche < LL planca, a board, plank < VL palanca < Gr phalangai < phalanx (gen. phalangos): see PHALANX] 1. a long, broad, thick board 2. PLANKING (sense 2) 3. something that supports or… …   English World dictionary

  • Plankənd — or Plankend may refer to: *Plankənd, Gadabay, Azerbaijan *Plankənd, Shamkir, Azerbaijan *Rüstəm Əliyev, Azerbaijan …   Wikipedia

  • plank — [ plæŋk ] noun count 1. ) a long narrow piece of wood used for making structures such as floors 2. ) an important aspect of something, on which it is based: the main/central plank of someone s policy/argument/program: Spending cuts remain the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • plank — (n.) c.1200, from O.N.Fr. planke (O.Fr. planche) plank, slab, little wooden bridge, from L.L. planca broad slab, board, related to phalanga pole to carry burdens, from Gk. phalange (see PHALANX (Cf. phalanx)). Technically, timber sawed to measure …   Etymology dictionary

  • plank — ► NOUN 1) a long, flat piece of timber, used in flooring. 2) a fundamental part of a political or other programme. ● walk the plank Cf. ↑walk the plank DERIVATIVES planked adjective. ORI …   English terms dictionary

  • plank — *paragraph, verse, article, clause, count …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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