This surname of REPLOGLE is a Provencal and Catalan topographic name for someone who lived at a high place, or a habitation name from any of the numerous places in southern France and north eastern Spain named with the Old Provencal word PUY meaning hillock. The name was rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form PODION. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. The name has numerous spellings which include POGGIO, REPLOGGEL, PLOGGLE, PLOGG and PLUGGLE. A minor notable of the name was Fred A. REPOGLE, born on the 15th December, 1898. He was a psychologist, and his appointments included Personnel Director at Macalester College, Minnesota from 1938 until 1943; Supervisor of psychological Services at Stevenson, Jordan and Harrison in Chicago; He was the author of numerous papers and of several books. French, or rather Norman French, was the language of the aristocracy and the upper classes in England at the time fixed surnames were being developed, it is therefore not surprising that many of our well-known family names are derived from French words. Originally only Christian or personal names were used, and although a few came into being during the 10th century, surnames were not widely used until much later, when people began to realize the prestige of having a second name. In the 8th century, Spain fell under the control of the Moors, and this influence, which lasted into the 12th century, has also left its mark on Hispanic surnames. A few names are based directly on Arabic personal names. The majority of Spanish occupational and nickname surnames, however, are based on ordinary Spanish derivatives.
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