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Van Der Ploeg Coat of Arms / Van Der Ploeg Family Crest

The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. (PLOEG). This Dutch and German surname of VAN DER PLOEG was an occupational name for a ploughman or plowright. In the Middle Ages ploughing was shared at the appropriate season by virtually all male members of the agricultural community. There were various minor servants who served both the lord of the manor and his serfs. These men usually did not farm enough work to support themselves and their families, and were forced to work for others. Some did so little work for the lord that he was glad to release them upon payment of a small money rent and they expended all their time in work for others. The name has numerous variant spellings which include PLEUMAN, PLOWS, PFLUG, PFLUGER, PFLUGNER, PFLEIGNER, PLOOG, PLOGER, PLEUGER, and PLOUG. Many of the modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identify individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today. Dutchmen who have surnames from towns, cities or districts, are mostly distinguished by the prefix VAN. In the United States the use of capital and initial letters and spaces is optional with the particular family. The Dutch language is most closely related to Low German, and its surnames have been influenced both by German and French naming practices. The preposition 'van' is found especially with habitation names, and the 'de' mainly with nicknames. A notable member of the name was Edward PFLUGER (1829-1910) the German physiologist, born in Hanau. He was professor at Bonn in 1859, and did important work on the sensory system.

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Last Updated: May 9, 2020

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