Last name: PLANK

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PLANK : This last name is indexed 61,516 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

PLANK : 1: English (Wiltshire and London): from Middle English plank(e) plaunke ‘plank stiff board; footbridge’ (from Late Latin planca). The surname may be topographic for someone who lived by a footbridge or it may refer to their appearance or occupation such as a tall thin person or a carpenter.2: North German: nickname for a cantankerous person from Middle Low German plank ‘quarrel discord’.3: North German: metonymic occupational name from Middle Low German plank ‘measure for liquids’.4: South German: topographic name from Middle High German plank ‘plank palisade’.5: South German: nickname for a fair-haired man from a variant of Middle High German blanc ‘light shining’.6: Dutch (also Van der Plank): topographic name for someone living by a plank ‘footbridge’.

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