Plank Name Meaning

English (chiefly Berkshire): from Middle English planke ‘plank’ (Late Latin planca). It is not clear how this word was applied as a surname: it may be a topographic name for someone who lived near a plank bridge over a stream, a metonymic occupational name for a carpenter, or a nickname for a thin person. North German: nickname for a cantankerous person, from Middle Low German plank ‘quarrel’, ‘discord’. North German: metonymic occupational name from Middle Low German plank ‘measure for liquids’. South German: topographic name from Middle High German plank ‘plank’, ‘palisade’. South German: nickname for a fair-haired person, from a variant of Middle High German blanc ‘light’, ‘shining’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Plack, Blank, Lank, Plant, Pan, Place, Slack, Plate, Platt, Plass

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Plank Family Origin

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Plank Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    44%
  • Blacksmith

    11%
  • Boiler Maker

    11%
  • Gentleman

    11%

In 1881, the most common Plank occupation in Canada was Farmer. 44% of Plank's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Plank family was Gentleman. Farmer, Blacksmith and Boiler Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Plank.

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Plank Life Expectancy

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Between 1948 and 2004, Plank life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Plank in 1948 was 59, and 79 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Plank

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