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Plaisted Name Study

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This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the surname Plaisted and its variants. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

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Origins and Variants

Spelling variations of this family name include: Playsted, Playstead, Paisted, Plaistead, Plaister, Playstow, Plaistowe, Plastow, Plester and many more.

The surname Plaisted was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.

Coat of Arms

One should note that a Coat of Arms is granted for the use of one particular person ('armiger'). The description of the Coat of Arms is known as the 'blazon' and it is very exact in its terminology. Children may inherit the blazon but it is modified according to prescribed rules.

There are no Plaisteds listed in Burke's General Armory.[1]

In the Plaisted Family of North Wilts the Arms of John of Poitou (1195-1263), Baron du Plessis and 9th Earl of Warwick, are given. (Wikitree profile: John (Plessis) du Plessis (1202-1262))

On a ground argent ( silver) six annulets gules [red) —three, two and one.
Sire Johan de Pleysys

The annulet is a small ring familiar in decorative work.

Later in the book Plaisted Family of North Wilts published in 1939, Arthur Henry Plaisted wrote:

At Plaisted’s Wine House we were shown with business pride the " Arms of the Ancient Family of Plaisted,” although the manager knew nothing of the family or its descendants. This ingenious elaboration, displayed in the public bar, might interest a seeker after curios, but as a classic achievement the device would sadden the heart of any College of Heralds. It suggests the work of a wandering artist prepared to illustrate any tavern sign from The Goat in Boots to The Star and Garter, produced at a period when armorial bearings were becoming the new fashion. The design, set in a leafy surround pendent from a Tudor Rose, has an emblazonment which might be thus described:
A shield charged with a fess, between three martlets proper , bearing on an inescutcheon or shield of pretence an imperial [double-headed) eagle.
Crest: In a hand dexter a flag unfurled with two streamers.
Motto : Auxilium ab alto.
We did not observe the colouring to be able to describe the tinctures. The concluding motto has no claim to originality, for it is carried by at least five English families.
Plaisted coat of arms from Plaisted's Wine House

An American family member visited the pub in London and they gave him the original. Photograph shared with Claire Plaisted who wrote about the image at her blog http://plaistedfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2013/05/plaisted-coat-of-arms.html

American Heraldry

From "Seals from the Jeffries Collection of Manuscripts" in the New England historical and genealogical register January 1877 page 64:

Major ICHABOD PLAISTED, one of t!ie Council of Mass. July 21, 1710; Lin. Dec. 1712, and Sept. 28, 1711 ; Portsmouth, Nov. 18, 1708, and April,1713, and Barwick, Nov. 26, 1713 ; letters to Messrs. David Jeffries &Co. Arms, a cross between four garbes. Tinctures not indicated.
ICHABOD PLAISTED, same as above. Dec. 6, 1706; letter to Messrs. David Jeffries & Co. Seal, a bird statant renversé. There are several letters with this seal.
ICHABOD PLAISTED, same as above. Portsmouth, July 20, 1711 ; letter to Messrs. David Jetiries and Charles Shepreeve. Seal, Cupid standing before an altar on which three hearts are burning, in sinister hand a bow,in dexter upraised hand a heart burning; motto, " Un me sufit."
JOHN PLAISTED, Speaker of N. H. House, 1695; Judge SupremeCourt, 1699; Chief Justice, 1716; Portsmouth, Sept. 28, 1721, and same date 1722; letters to Messrs. John and David Jeffries. Arms, erm. three elephants' heads erased, ar. Crest, an elephant's head erased, ar.
MARY PLAISTED, wife of the above. Portsmouth, Nov. 9, 1716 ; letter toMessrs. Jeffries and Shepreeve. Seal, a lion passant renversé .[2]

americanheraldry.org has three different arms for members of the Plaisted family:[3]

  • Plaisted, Col Ichabod (Salem, Mass, 1700-62) Ichabod Plaisted (1700-1762)
    • Blazon: Argent three boars' heads couped Gules
    • Comments: Engraved on a baptismal basin donated to First Church, Salem, 1762
  • Plaisted, Ichabod (Salem, Mass, 1663-1715) Ichabod Plaisted (1663-1715)
    • Blazon: A cross between four garbs [tinctures not indicated]
    • Comments: Seals on letters dated 1708-1713
  • Plaisted, John (of Portsmouth, N.H., 1679) - probably John Plaisted (1659-1744)
    • Blazon: Ermine three elephants’ heads erased Argent
    • Comments: Arms on his seal; Bolton suggests these are arms of Saunders. "Ermine" is probably an error for "ermines," white ermine spots on black.
Plaisted John Arms Blazon: Ermine three elephant heads Argent
Plaisted John Arms Blazon: Ermines three elephant heads Argent

Notable Plaisteds

(excludes living people)

WikitreeWhy notableWikipedia entry
Roger Plaisted (1627-1675)Immigrant to America in 1663
John Plaisted (1659-1744)Arrived in New Hampshire in 1679
Elisha Plaisted Esquire (abt.1690-1771)
Harris Merrill Plaisted (1828-1898)38th Governor of MaineHarris M. Plaisted (1828–1898)
Frederick William Plaisted (1865-1943)48th Governor of MaineFrederick W. Plaisted (1865-1943)
Elenore Henries (Plaisted) Abbott (1875-1935)book illustrator, scenic designer, and painterElenore Plaisted Abbott (1875–1935)
Ralph Plaisted (1927-2008)first confirmed surface conquest of the PoleRalph Summers Plaisted (1927-2008)
Ridley Wilks Plaisted (1885-1954)Australian rules footballerRidley Wilks Plaisted (1885 - 1954)
Thais Margaret Plaisted (1898-1983)American writer, political scientist, parliamentarian, and educatorThais Margaret Plaisted (1898 – 1983)


  1. The general armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales; comprising a registry of armorial bearings from the earliest to the present time by Burke, Bernard, Sir, 1814-1892 Publication date 1884 page 806 retrieved through archive.org
  2. "Seals from the Jeffries Collection of Manuscripts" in the New England historical and genealogical register January 1877 page 64 retrieved through [Wikimedia Commons https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/39/The_New_England_historical_and_genealogical_register_%28IA_newenglandhistor1877wate%29.pdf]
  3. "Roll of Early American Arms (letter P)." Heraldry in the USA, The American Heraldry Society, https://www.americanheraldry.org/heraldry-in-the-usa/roll-of-early-american-arms/p . Accessed 3 Nov. 2022. This reference in turn cites for all three people : Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Boston: F. W. Faxon Co, 1927. page 132 viewed through Google Books
  • Plaisted, Arthur Henry. "(The) Plaisted Family of North Wilts, with Some Account of the Branches of Berks, Bucks, Somerset, and Sussex." The Westminster Pub. Co., 1939 can be read through archive.org https://archive.org/details/theplaistedfamil00plai
  • Plaisted Heraldic Visitations including
    • The visitations of the county of Sussex made and taken in the years 1530, Thomas Benolte, Clarenceux king of arms; and 1633-4 by John Philipot, Somerset herald, and George Owen, York herald, for Sir John Burroughs, Garter, and Sir Richard St. George, Clarenceux

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I would be delighted to join this study. I am interested in Plaisteds in London, Australia and New Zealand