Du Plessis families still in Poitiers, France

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My grandfather is a Daniel Jakobus Du Plessis.

I believe his ancestor is Jean-Prierre du Plessis.

I'm going to Europe on 18 April 2019 and I'm planning a trip to Poitiers.

However, I'm not sure if I should go to Poitiers or Poitou-Charentes, France?

I basically want to go and either visit current Du Plessis families in this region or visit a site where this ancestor of mine might have been.

I would appreciate any suggestions?
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by D Q G2G6 Mach 6 (68k points)
Thank you for this

I will dig a bit deeper
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Plessis usually indicates a castle or lord's manor in French.  It's a very old term and many castles are called Plessis (i.e.  le Plessis Macé, le Plessis Bourré, in Maine-et-Loire).  So the term du Plessis was sometimes added to the name to indicate that this was not just anybody but a notable.  That being said I believe the name was also probably used for people who lived in or near the noble property.  In fact just plain Plessis is quite a common name in the Loire valley.  Poitiers is the capital of the Vienne department (formerly Poitou).  Poitou-Charentes is a former region which is now part of the new region Nouvelle Aquitaine.  Definitely go to Poitiers and environs.
by Mary Shelley Hough G2G4 (4k points)
Thank you for this info and direction

Much appreciated

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